Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:14 pm
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For the gambler in you: more prop bets

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re like me, you love the prop bets put out by Vegas during Super Bowl week. Well, we’ve got the Week 2 release from bodog.com, and they’ve got some pretty solid prop bets as well.

For your satisfaction, here are a few (with – what the hell? – some of my analysis).

How many times will Archie Manning be shown on the Live Broadcast of the Sunday Night Football game between the Giants & Colts?

Over/Under: 1.5

I think this is low. If I was setting the O/U, I’d make it something like 4.5.

Michael Vick – Total Rushing Yards Week 2 vs. Detroit (must start)

Over/Under: 34.5

If he’s under 34 yards, I’d be shocked.

Will Mark Sanchez be the starter for every game that he is active for in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Yes -200

No +150

What, you’d rather have Mark Brunell out there?

Arian Foster – Total Rushing Yards Week 2 vs. Washington?

Over/Under: 85.5

Dallas’ Marion Barber rushed for 39 yards on eight carries last Sunday, and Felix Jones had eight and 38. For what it’s worth.

Alex Barron – Total Penalties Week 2 vs. Chicago?


Over/Under: 1

I guess it’s so low because of how little he might play. Notice it says “Total Penalties” and not “Holding Penalties.”

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Kolb, Bradley pass tests, to practice Friday

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley, two of the approximately 97* concussed Eagles players from Sunday failed the second phase of their concussion tests on Wednesday, but Thursday was a different story -- both players passed the full tests and are cleared for practice.

The only problem is that they cannot practice, due to rules, until Friday. That means that Michael Vick will continue practicing with the first team in Philadelphia and remains the favorite to start for the Eagles on Sunday due to a lack of time for Kolb to practice and the potential risk for re-injury.

However, if Kolb is cleared and ready to return to the field by Sunday, don't discount Andy Reid rolling the dice and giving his new franchise quarterback a shot at starting (or at the very least, playing) -- the Eagles get the Lions this week, and given the numbers Jay Cutler put up against them last week, we can assume that Reid would rather nip the quarterback controversy in the bud and let Kolb play -- provided he plays well -- than have Vick put up monster numbers against the Lions and give the Philly fan base something to really chunk batteries at.

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*May be a slight exaggeration.
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:33 am
 

Hot Routes 9.16.10: Video killed the NFL star

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  • We've been discussing how "locker room spies" are beneficial to their new team (although Eric Winston told me he doesn't think Kyle Shanahan will make that big of a difference) and the Giants have the best one of all in Jim Sorgi, who was Peyton Manning's backup for quite a while. (Of course they also have, you know, his brother Eli Manning, but he doesn't know the Colts offense.) Sorgi, however, doesn't think it'll matter. Because it's Peyton.
  • One of Brian Bassett's readers noticed that Kris Jenkins had a tough time making it up the stairs at Cortland. Provided this account is true, well, it kind of makes it seem like he shouldn't have even been on the field for Week 1. Or we should have seen another injury coming.
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Kolb fails concussion test, Vick with 1st team

Posted by Will Brinson

The quarterback controversy that exists in Philadelphia (without really existing, technically speaking) should be fairly calm until Sunday, as it appears that Kevin Kolb is somewhat unlikely to play after not passing the second phase of the concussion test on Wednesday.

Stewart Bradley, the linebacker who suffered a concussion on Sunday, also failed the second phase of the concussion test, although they have "made progress" since Monday according to Reid.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News , because of Kolb's status, Michael Vick will take the first team reps Wednesday and Thursday, although Andy Reid declined to discuss Friday.

"We'll take Friday as it comes," Reid said.

Reid also said that "Kevin knows he the guy" which is the same mantra he's repeated since Sunday and the same one he'll repeat until Kolb is ready to play.

The issue will be if Vick has a monster game on Sunday -- the Eagles play the Lions, so it's entirely possible -- and causes fans to clamor for his ascension to the starting role .

"If I'm the guy then I'm going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win and that's the ultimate goal," Vick said according to the Eagles' website . "I don't really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. You can't go out and try to prove yourself because that's adding pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is."

"I just have to make the most out of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until Kevin comes back and he's healthy," Vick added.

But as I've said before , Reid simply won't make Vick his starter and he (Vick) seems to know that and is 100 percent committed to passing along the same message as Reid, which is a good thing.

It makes zero sense from a PR perspective , particularly since it's fully understood that he's all-in on Kolb as the quarterback of the future. The concussion issue, provided that Kolb doesn't play entirely atrociously when he returns, is simply an easy out for Reid and the coaching staff to let Vick play as much as he needed.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Givin' Em the Business: And there was football

Givin Em the Business recognizes all the people that annoyed you from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Rank Who Why

1

"The Megatron Rule"
You can't fault the officials in the Bears-Lions game for costing Detroit a win. All they did was make a correct decision on a rule that stinks. Fortunately for everyone else (fans, wide receivers, etc), there's a pretty good chance that the NFL will change the ridiculous rule and figure out some way to make receivers end zone catches exempt from the possibility of being nullified -- it needed a high profile game to actually make that happen. Unfortunately for the Lions, they won't get grandfathered in.

2

Logan Mankins
If the reports are true, and Logan Mankins passed up tens of millions of dollars because he wouldn't make a public apology to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, I'd like to immediately nominate "Curb" as his new nickname, in an homage to Larry David and only something his semi-fictional character would do. (Although his resemblance to Zach Galifinakis is also startling.) The sheer inanity of being so stubborn about something like that is mind-boggling. I'd publicly apologize for you reading my writing right now for $50 and I'm definitely not that rich. Just kind of rich.

3

Philly Phans
Complaining about Philly fans booing someone is about as interesting as Dave Matthews is relevant to the NFL, but they really did take it to a new level on Sunday when they showered their QB of the future, Kevin Kolb, with early birds of the boo variety. I guess it's nice that it wasn't batteries instead, but the dude was already concussed so he might not have known the difference. It's just sickening to see people try and run Donovan McNabb out of town for 10 years and as soon as they do, turn on is successor and learn to love Michael Vick. Just completely illogical and probably expected.

4

The Jets
Karma is a punk, ain't it? The Jets spent all offseason running their mouths and then followed that up by spending the entire week before their game against Baltimore by running their mouths. Even after the game, they didn't really stop, only this time it was to backpeddle from their ridiculous expectations. Pretty clearly if they had a competent quarterback and a running back who didn't borrow Braylon Edwards' hands for an evening, they would have beaten Baltimore. And already won the Super Bowl.

5

America
Need more proof that the NFL is popular? Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles were trending topics on Twitter last night. As were the "Cheifs." That's right -- America is so S-M-R-T that everyone in our country can't figure out the old "i before e except after c" adage and decided to tweet a misspelled version of the team playing on Monday Night Football. Now, look, I make mistakes with typos and it's entirely possible that lots of it was driven by people laughing on Twitter about the misspelling. But people, this is why we have schools. Quit skipping.

6

Zebras
I'm all for "fairness" and "consistency" and whatnot, but, hey, you, referee/umpire dudes: keep it in your freaking pants next week, okay? I scored a penalty flag when I visited the NFL headquarters last month, and I'm not about to FedEx it back to Roger Goodell's office just because the guys in charge of calling the plays run out of flags halfway through the season. Plus, football's pretty much fun regardless, but when we're seeing 100 yards worth of penalties per half, well, that's just lame. Except the Jets -- keep penalizing them.

7

  T. Ocho
At this rate, the Bengals' wide receiving duo will make this list every single week -- one would think that in a beatdown from the Patriots (and no new reality television shows to watch ... yet) they would be relatively quiet. And they were. But their absence, ironically, was what made them most conspicuous -- neither Chad Ochocinco nor Terrell Owens were on the field for the first-half Hail Mary attempt that fell short, and neither of them would talk about it after the game. Unfortunately, the NFL isn't a "talk all I want when I want to league" so time to grow up, boys.

8

Randy Moss
Wide receiver divas are the norm in the NFL. But we never fully expect any one of these guys to get awkwardly angry in front of the entire NE press corps following a dominant Week 1 win. Moss did, though, and then he got rebuked privately by Bill Belichick. (And lest you think Bobby Kraft is happy about the events, see: Mankins, Curb above.) Fortunately, Moss isn't above public apologies: he went on Sportscenter Tuesday to make sure everyone knows just how fantastic a bank Capitol One is much he loves being a Pat.

9

Alex Barron
Gotta feel a little bad beating down on this guy (since he's already been eviscerated in the media for 36 straight hours), but I'm like 5'9" and -- a svelte, mind you -- buck-seventy, and I'm pretty confident that I could do a better of job of being a non-penalty-inducing offensive line speed bump than Barron. It's one thing to get called for holding. It's an entirely different thing to get called for holding on the final play of a Sunday night football game against your arch-rival during the final play of the game which would have resulted in your team winning.

10

Sexual Harrassment Probes
All of the arguments in the Ines Sainz - Jets locker room issue are just ridiculous. Kris Jenkins was ridiculous for trying to justify his "this is our locker room" stuff (and he paid a karmic price for it). Clinton Portis is ridiculous for talking about it on radio (and he'll pay a monetary price for it). The Jets are ridiculous for behaving like they did (karma again). And anyone who says "THIS IS A LOCKER ROOM. IT'S WHERE MEN ARE MEN AND WOMEN ARE OBJECTS. ROWRROWRROWR" is the most ridiculous sentiment of them all. Even if Sainz was inviting of certain behavior and even if her story isn't straight, everyone needs to remember that for the Jets, the locker room is the same thing as the office, so there's zero excuse for not acting like a professional. Unless you're Terry Tate.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 1:13 am
 

Vick says he wasn't bashing Kolb after loss

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick made a comment following the Eagles' loss to the Packers that involved something along the lines of if he'd played all four quarters, the team would have won. You don't have to be a smart football mind to understand that, potentially, that could be considered a shot at Kevin Kolb (who, by the way, Vick is apparently good friends with).

Vick said Monday, though , that he wasn't attempting to undermine the Eagles' quarterback who is still technically the starter.

"I don't know how you could take that comment and try to make it seem like I'm trying to say I'm a better quarterback than Kevin," Vick said. "It was about me just having more time to bring us back and win the game. If I had more time maybe we had a better shot at winning the game so I could orchestrate a comeback."

Hmm. That's one way to look at it, but I'm pretty sure that an easier way to say "I wish I had more time out there" is "I wish I had more time out there to finish the comeback." Not "if I had been out there for four quarters maybe we would have had a chance to win the game."

Still, if they're as good of buddies as is believed, it's pretty unfathomable that Vick would rip Kolb publicly, especially when he'll probably get a chance to start this week anyway. He just needs to choose his words better.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 4:45 pm
 

Concussions factoring into QB controversies

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Moore (US Presswire)K. Kolb (US Presswire)
You never want to see a player get hurt – especially when the body part that’s hurting is the brain. So of course John Fox is not glad that quarterback Matt Moore suffered a concussion against the Giants. That said, the reality is, Moore’s concussion might make Fox’s life easier this week.

Moore was awful against the Giants (14/33 passing, three interceptions). But it would be impetuous to bench him prior to Week 2. Once you bench a young quarterback, it’s almost impossible to go back to him (Just ask the Cardinals).

But if Moore misses Carolina’s Week 2 game against the Buccaneers (and with the league’s more stringent guidelines for dealing with concussions, it’s possible he will), then Fox can get a free trial run with second-round rookie Jimmy Clausen. If Clausen shines during that trial run, Fox has his quarterback for the future. If Clausen flounders, Fox can go back to Moore and claim that he was the starter all along.

(For the record, Fox said Monday afternoon that Moore is “feeling a lot better”.)

On the other side of the concussion story, Andy Reid could have a mess on his hands if Kevin Kolb’s concussion keeps him out against the Lions this week. (And it probably will; Reid has said Kolb won’t practice until at least Friday.)

Chances are, Philly will beat Detroit no matter who is under center. So if Michael Vick goes out and leads the Eagles to victory, fans will say that all of the team’s success so far has come with Vick under center. Technically, they’d be right. But that wouldn’t mean Vick is the better quarterback. (Remember, the Packers didn’t game plan for Vick; had they prepared to face a scrambler, things may have been different.)

Fans may want Vick to start, but Reid does not want to immediately bench the guy he believed in enough to trade Donovan McNabb. And he won’t.

But imagine if Kolb sits against Detroit, Vick lights it up, then Kolb gets healthy for Week 3. Reid would have to explain to volatile Eagle fans why he’s benching an electrifying, fun-to-watch athlete and going back to the quarterback who was 5/10 for 24 yards in a lackluster first half against the Packers. Think those fans will understand?

In Reid’s perfect world, Kolb would be cleared to play this week. He’d start against the Lions, post good numbers and get the Eagles to 1-1. Even this scenario wouldn’t completely hush the inevitable “We want Vick!” chants that are about to sweep across the City of Brotherly Love. But it would at least minimize the damage.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Reid: Kolb will start if he's healthy

Posted by Will Brinson

The first and second halves for the Philadelphia Eagles were about as different as the two quarterbacks who led them -- Kevin Kolb struggled mightly (24 yards passing!) in the first and as Josh wrote, Michael Vick reminded us of the Vick of old during the second half as Philly nearly stormed back on the Green Bay Packers.

That second half performance won't matter though, if you believe Andy Reid, as the head coach indicated following the game that regardless of how well Vick played, Kolb would remain the starter provided he's cleared to play.

Reid's decision isn't all that surprising, really. After all, while Vick looked great in relief duty, Kolb is still his quarterback of the future, and just because he got booed by Philly fans doesn't mean, well, anything.

Creating a quarterback controversy would be foolish right now, in that it wouldn't benefit Kolb's confidence, it would undermine the team's confidence in Kolb, and it would immediately make people wonder why Donovan McNabb -- and not Kolb -- was the player traded in the offseason.

Additionally, if Vick came plummeting back to Earth the next week, Reid's quarterback situation would be completely untenable. The worst case now involves Kolb not being cleared and Vick starting against Detroit.

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