Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:04 am
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Kolb reminds us why Reid got rid of McNabb

K. Kolb had an excellent tonight as Philadelphia beat San Francisco (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For as poor as Kevin Kolb has looked this year – let’s see, there was the awful first half in the season-opener before he sustained a concussion and there was last week when he was decent enough in a losing effort vs. the Redskins – he emerged Sunday night as a changed quarterback.

I don’t know, maybe it’s because the pressure is off – Michael Vick, trying to return to the health, isn’t breathing down his neck yet (though that could change for next week’s game vs. the Falcons). Maybe it’s because he knows the starting job likely won’t be his when Vick does suit up again, so he doesn’t have to play so cautiously. Maybe it’s because the 49ers fans focused their negative action on the quarterback that plays for their team.

Whatever it was, Kolb looked impeccable in the Eagles 27-24 win against the 49ers. On the night, Kolb went 21 for 31 for 253 yards and a touchdown. He made one major mistake on a sack-fumble, but other than that, he was very good.

In fact, he looked similar to the QB we saw last season when he threw for 300-plus yards and two touchdowns in back-to-back games and gave Philadelphia coach Andy Reid all the evidence he needed to get rid of Donovan McNabb

And when Alex Smith led the 49ers to within a touchdown of the lead midway through the fourth quarter, Kolb kept his composure. He threw a 22-yard rocket to Jeremy Maclin across the middle of the field on the drive’s first play, and that was nearly enough to get the Eagles into field goal range for David Akers that gave Philadelphia a 10-point lead with 4:35 to go.

Yeah, the Eagles took only 19 seconds off the clock on their final series with less than 2 minutes to play and holding a three-point lead, but that was more of a reflection of LeSean McCoy’s inexplicable decision to fall to the turf two yards short of the first down marker. Kolb was still close to being perfect. 

While the QB job is Vick’s when he returns, we can legitimately say that Kolb is good enough to be the starter.

“My biggest thing – and I’ve been saying it since the beginning of the week – is that I want to help us win,” Kolb said on NBC after the game. “I don’t worry about (not being the starter). I don’t care about it. I’m just going out and playing my game.”

Tonight, his game was pretty damn good.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 12:47 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 12:48 pm
 

McCoy returns to practice, expected to play

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick will miss the Eagles Sunday night game in San Francisco (as expected), but LeSean McCoy is apparently going to make a surprise return to the field for the primetime affair, despite having a broken rib.

According to an AP report, McCoy, who returned to practice on Friday is "expected to play."

Of course, just because there's some sort of expectation about his playing time doesn't necessarily mean he'll find the field -- whether or not McCoy is listed as "probable" or "questionable" on Philly's Friday injury report will be more telling as to whether the back can go.

If McCoy does play, the Eagles are clearly risking an aggravation of his broken rib, so it stands to reason that he'll be wearing extra padding.

But taking the chance might be worth it -- after Vick left against the Redskins, Kevin Kolb was pressured early/often and looked McCoy's way a lot, as the running back ended the game with 12 catches for 110 yards.

Of course, catching 12 dump-down passes over the middle also creates the small problem of exposing one's ribcage to oncoming linebackers, which may explain why he's so banged up.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am
 

Hot Routes 10.07.10: Who's got a Moss hangover?


Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- We’re going to try to keep the Randy Moss chatter to a minimum (the chances of this happening? Um, 15-20 percent?), but first, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the trade for Moss had nothing to do with where Sidney Rice is in his rehab from hip surgery. The chances of people believing that statement. Um, 15-20 percent?

- Titans CB Cortland Finnegan shows some (false?) bravado by “inviting” Broncos QB Kyle Orton, who said after last week’s game that Tennessee was a dirty team, to Nashville to visit him.

- When Michael Vick returns to health, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he’ll be the starting quarterback once again. Funny, I seem to remember Reid saying something similar about Kevin Kolb after he suffered a concussion in Week 1. And how’d that work out for Kolb?

- Arizona needs to figure out its QB situation if they want to have a chance to keep Larry Fitzgerald for the long term.

- For some reason, new Panthers WR David Clowney felt the need to call out the Jets organization for its short-sightedness on him. “Maybe being here, I can actually get an opportunity to run different routes and get involved as a full, complete receiver,” he said.

- Free agent QB Chris Simms is due back in court today for a hearing on his charge of driving under the influence of marijuana. Simms had been with the Titans before the team released him last month.

- For those who care about what Patriots fans think about the Moss trade, here’s your chance to read about it. For those who don’t care, here’s your chance to ignore a fan story about Randy Moss. Choose wisely.

- Cardinals RB Beanie Wells and coach Ken Whisenhunt finally had a meeting about Wells’ playing time.

- Brett Favre might want to avoid checking out Deadspin.com tomorrow. It might not be very pretty. Here's the NY Daily News' take.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: The Old Hanging Chad(s)

Posted by Will Brinson

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .


As late as Monday afternoon, this column had the potential to be BOR-ING. But bless you both, Chad Henne and Buddy Nix, for your beautiful run of incompetence -- Chad Henne decided to get his interception on against the Patriots in a Monday night South Beach slaughtering and Nix shipped Marshawn Lynch out to Seattle on Tuesday afternoon for a fourth round pick, totally changing the landscape of people fighting for jobs in the NFL.

As a result of Monday night's performance, there's all kinds of wild conjecture flying that the Dolphins will consider looking to Tyler Thigpen (you may recall him from mop-up duty last night) or Chad Pennington.

In part, the latter makes sense -- Pennington led the original 'Fins revival a few years ago. The reluctance to bail on Henne stems from the fact that he has "all the tools" (as the old saying goes) and Miami invested a second-rounder in him

And the fact that bailing from Henne, regardless of how robotic some of his throws look, is a knee-jerk mistake.

Look, again, some of his decisions in the pocket were beyond embarrassing, but if you take away the three picks (it's okay, I'm laughing while I write it too), he went 29 of 36 for 302 yards and two teeters, and that's the type of game that will win most of the time.

Now as to why we so willingly yanked out all the mistakes from his line, well, look no further than the special teams issues on Monday night -- when the third branch of your team coughs up 20-plus points, it changes your gameplan entirely. In the case of the Dolphins, it switched them from a run-heavy/run-often team looking to keep the ball out of Tom Brady's hands into a team that was forced to pass more than it wanted to.

Or, as Tony Sparano said, it "puts a lot of stress on the position."

Panic is inevitable in South Beach -- the Dolphins fired their special teams coach within 12 hours of the Pats loss -- and that's okay. But they're 2-2 headed into the bye, just a game (plus tiebreakers) back of the Pats and Jets and firmly in a convoluted playoff race just a quarter of the way into the season.

Giving up on Henne now would be overkill -- especially when games against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Baltimore after the bye will give them plenty of opportunity to make a move.

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"Beast Mode" should end up starting for the Seahawks -- Julius Jones was released after Seattle acquired Lynch, Leon Washington is best used in situational running and special teams, and Justin Forsett just hasn't looked like a feature back.

As has been bandied about many a time between Andy and I, Lynch isn't exactly an elite running back. But he does possess some traits -- most notably an ability to actually be physical when running -- that the rest of the Seattle backs just don't have. Add in Pete Carroll's disappointment with the running game following the loss to the Rams, a bye week to prep Marshawn for the team's system and there's no reason to think he couldn't garner the majority of carries right off the bat.

The fascinating subplot of this job fight is that Lynch was in Forsett's wedding recently -- the two were roommates at Cal, which means it should at least be congenial.

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Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb just WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE. Stupid Vick had to go and get his stupid ribs stuck in between two stupid Redskins on a stupid run near the stupid goal line (why yes, I do own him in like four fantasy leagues, why do you ask?) and now Kolb takes the reigns as starter.

Again.

The Eagles get the 49ers on national television this week and then get a bye, so it's unlikely that Kolb could perform so well in two weeks to warrant Andy Reid changing starters for the rest of the season. But I'm fairly certain I've said that like twelve times this season already.

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Jake Delhomme is healthy which means we can just move on past that whole Mini-Seneca Wallace Era that featured a win and ... oh, I see. We can't move on? There's some sort of controversy in Cleveland? NO!

Okay, there's not a controversy, per se, but Eric Mangini did say that starting Delhomme wasn't "a knock on Seneca" because he'd, after all, "decreased the amount of turnovers the last couple of games." Translated from Coach on the Hot Seat Speak, that means that if Jake throws more than one interception in the first half next week, he's getting yanked.

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Cadillac Williams actually acknowledged that he might not be Tampa Bay's feature back for much longer; presumably that means that LeGarrette Blount makes a play for the starter's role, which, by the way, is bat-s insane.

And also just kind of gross from a karma perspective, considering that it should definitely be Stafon Johnson starting somewhere. But whatever -- Cadillac has been awful this year, and if he can't average more than three yards per carry, you certainly can't blame the Bucs for putting some fresher legs in there.

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Ryan Torain could be stealing a job, too. Clinton Portis, always a charming interview, hopped on the radio Tuesday and gave Mike Wise an on-air scoop (yes, the same one, irony alert, thanks) when he told him that he didn't think he'd play this week.

Torain's been a better runner, a more physical runner, is healthier, doesn't fall down randomly when running in the middle of the open field, has fresher legs and has more to prove. Plus, this is Mike Shanahan we're talking about -- it wouldn't be appropriate for him not to have a random dude come storming up from the practice squad to rush for 1,000 yards in his system.

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Quickly ...

- Forgot to mention the Bills whole RB situation, but the presumptive notion has to be that Fred Jackson will see some carries and C.J. Spiller will get a much-increased role.

- The Jags dumped Todd Bouman which means Trent Edwards gets promoted which means that David Garrard slightly thinner ice than Jack Del Rio.

- Darren McFadden, who's been pretty daggum good this year, could miss Week 5. If he does, Michael Bush gets to really make a power play for the starter job in Oakland (although they'll still split carries when McFadden's healthy); Bush looked better against Houston and was considered a distinct possibility to begin the season as starter before a hand injury.

- Poor Garrett Hartley. That's like having your dad beat you in basketball. When you're 29.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:56 pm
 

Vick says he'll be out 1-2 weeks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles QB Michael Vick said on a radio show tonight that he should be out no longer than two weeks.

In comments captured by the Eagles official website, Vick talked to the The Game and The Bruce Smith Show on WXTG Radio 102.1, and he said, despite the rib injury, he’s feeling pretty good.

Said Vick: "There is some cartilage damage up in there and a small fracture up in there, so maybe a week, maybe two weeks. We'll have to see. I've got some cartilage damage up in there, in the upper area of my ribs. I just have to work through it. I've always been a quick healer. It won't be no more than one, two weeks hopefully. Hopefully.

More from Vick: "The most important thing is just rest. There is really nothing you can do for a rib injury, especially in the upper part of your rib cage. I'll get rest, I've got a Hyperbaric machine and I'll be spending a lot of time in that trying to restore my blood cells. I'll stay in the treatment room, getting ice for it and just trying to get movement."

After the pancake that was made out of him against the Redskins, 1-2 weeks out of action has to be considered very good news for Philadelphia fans.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:42 pm
 

NFL Week 4 Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 4 is in the books and why not review it, right? After all, Andy Benoit and I need to mock Chicago Bears' fans for thinking their team really that good ("that" = "3-0", not "nine sacks"), wonder who were the big winners and losers in the Redskins-Eagles game, calculate the rough percentages of the Rams being "for real," wonder how in the hell Kyle Orton is the NFL's best passer a quarter of the way through the season, talk about Jimmy Clausen's "progression," debate why Josh Scobee gets less pub for big kicks than Garrett Hartley does for little ones and much, much more.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 2:29 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Vick has rib cartilege injury, no broken bones

Posted by Andy Benoit

Andy Reid announced in his Monday morning press conference that Michael Vick has a rib cartilage injury in his upper ribs near the sternum, but no broken bones.

Running back LeSean McCoy wasn’t as lucky. The second-year pro fractured one of his ribs. A broken rib is said to be one of the most painful injuries an athlete can suffer.

McCoy’s injury actually occurred in the first half, but he played through it. (And played through it quite well, amassing 64 yards rushing and 110 yards receiving).

Reid is taking a “wait and see” approach with Vick. He doesn’t know if the Eagles will bring in another quarterback (which means he doesn’t know if Vick will be available to play Sunday night).

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