Tag:Philadelphia Eagles
Posted on: September 12, 2010 8:01 pm

Vick reminds us of the Vick of old

M. Vick helped lead Philadelphia to a near come-from-behind win (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Did we just see the reemergence of quarterback Michael Vick in the Eagles 27-20 loss to the Packers? I think it’s quite possible. Let me rephrase: based on his performance in Week 1, yes, it seems like we absolutely saw the Michael Vick of old.

His stats line obviously is impressive: he completed 16 of 24 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown while rushing 11 times for 103 yards. He was a stark contrast to what the Eagles had in starting QB Kevin Kolb – who, before he suffered his concussion, looked terrible in the first half.

Kolb couldn’t get into a rhythm with his receivers (partially, in part, because coach Andy Reid kept inserting Vick into the game), and he had a tough time reading Green Bay’s defense.

But when Vick emerged, everything changed. He used his athleticism to escape the Packers pressure, and a team that only managed three points in the first 30 minutes of football, suddenly ran a high-powered offense.

Will it last? Who knows. But no matter what you personally think about Vick as a person, for one week, it was fun to watch Vick play like he used to play.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 6:17 pm

Kevin Kolb out for 2nd half with concussion

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb's first half wasn't exactly pretty -- the new Eagles quarterback threw for 24 total yards and left at halftime to boos from the Philadelphia crowd. He didn't return to the field, either, and the reason is that he's out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Kolb suffered the injury near the end of the first half when he face-planted into the turf and was seen

Michael Vick took Kolb's place under center and on his very first play, did what, well, Vick does -- a meandering 23-yard sprint around defenders that was reminiscent of something out of a video game.

Kolb's absence is obviously devastating for an Eagles team that was desperately seeking a good start with their new identity -- they're not necessarily done with Vick back there, but losing Kolb drastically changes their game plan for the second half against the Packers.

The Eagles also believe that Leonard Weaver, who left the field after a gruesome leg injury, could be out for the remainder of the season.
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Posted on: September 11, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 7:59 pm

Podcast: Week 1 late game previews

Posted by NFL Facts & Rumors staff

Andy Benoit joins Will Brinson to preview the second slate of games on the first NFL weekend. Can the numerous ex-Niners among the Seattle crew help the Seahawks overcome inexperience? Will the Aaron Rodgers v. Kevin Kolb matchup be the most exciting quarterback battle of the first week? Would you rather have Derek Anderson or Sam Bradford starting? All those questions -- and more -- answered for your previewing pleasure.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:10 pm

Data says Cowboys are still America's team

Posted by Andy Benoit

For all of you who hate hearing the Dallas Cowboys referred to as “America’s Team”…sorry, but Nielsen’s numbers seem to back up the epithet. The Cowboys are the most popular team in the United States – by far.
Here’s how Nielsen explains its scores:Dallas

The Nielsen Sports Media Exposure Index measured all 32 NFL teams in four categories during the 2009 regular season: local team ratings, gross national TV audience, online buzz volume, and monthly unique audiences to official team websites. Teams in each category were assigned a score, with the top rank worth 100 points and each subsequent ranking assigned a lower weighted score based its distance from the top. Final team rankings were calculated using the sum of scores across all four categories, and then indexed with the highest total equaling 100.

The Cowboys were the most-followed team on national television and their website was the most-visited. The Saints were the most popular team on a local television basis (in other words, percentage-wise, fans in New Orleans watched their home team on TV more than fans in any other NFL market watched their home team.)

The overall top 10 most popular teams in the NFL last season were as follows:

1. Cowboys
2. Steelers
3. Giants
4t. Bears
4t. Packers
4t. Vikings
7. Eagles
8t. Colts
8t. Saints
10. Patriots

It shows the power of the NFL that a team from a mid-sized western Pennsylvania market and a team from a tiny Wisconsin market can both rank in the top five in popularity. Also, you may notice that 7 of the top 10 teams last year were from the NFC. Good thing Fox pays more than CBS for broadcast rights (even if that is only a result of the NFC having an overall larger market than the AFC).

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 4:38 pm

Brandon Graham gets scolded by coach

Posted by Andy Benoit

From the “not really news, but still, sort of interesting” department, we’ll pass along this story of Eagles rookie defensive end Brandon Graham getting scolded by head coach Andy Reid.

Jeff McClane, the Eagles beat writer from the Philadelphia Inquirer , writes:

On Monday, Graham wrote on Twitter: "Its time to get ready for them Green Boys this week! I cant wait to whisper something in Aaron Rodgers ear.....SACK!!!!!!"

Reid "didn't like it," Graham said. "I was only trying to have some fun. But I learned my lesson."

Graham said that he wasn't punished and that he's still slated to start Sunday.

Rodgers, during a Wednesday conference call with Philadelphia reporters, was told of Graham's tweet.
"What's he going to whisper in my ear?" Rodgers asked.

Told that Graham wrote, "sack," Rodgers replied, "Is he?"

Graham, who was sensational in training camp and the preseason, will be making his NFL debut Sunday. If he does get to Rodgers, let’s hope Fox cameras zoom in on his celebration.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:54 pm

O-line health a huge factor in NFC East in Week 1

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFC East may be decided in the trenches early on. Several NFC East offensive linemen are dealing with injury issues heading into Week 1.

For the Cowboys, right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier will both likely miss Week 1. Colombo is still recovering from August 16 knee surgery. Kosier is still dealing with a sprained right knee. The Dallas Morning News notes that neither player has practiced this week.

Former Ram Alex Barron will start in place of Colombo. Barron is a liability at times (his technique is perpetually raw and he’s prone to penalties) but he’s a good athlete who has started his entire NFL career. Montrae Holland, who was once upon a time a starter in New Orleans before going to Denver and losing control of his weight, will start at left guard. Holland cannot offer the Cowboys’ front five the kind of run-blocking mobility that Kosier could.

In Philadelphia, it was expected that Nick Cole would be filling in at center while Jamaal Jackson continues to rebound from the ACL injury he suffered late last December. But Jackson’s rebound has already concluded, and he’s expected to take the field against Green Bay this Sunday.

The Giants are also getting their center back. Shaun O’Hara had been out with Achilles tendinosis. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post notes that the two-time Pro Bowler is practicing this week but must be leery of overworking the injury.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:53 am

Stacy Andrews sensing his end in Philly?

Posted by Andy BenoitS. Andrews

On Friday, the Eagles traded for versatile Cardinals offensive lineman Reggie Wells. As we – and every other half-sentient observer of the Eagles – suggested, this didn’t look like great news for incumbent Eagles right guard Stacy Andrews.

Andrews would agree. We’re going to republish a few things the Eagles offensive lineman said to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. You decide for yourself whether or not this is a man who senses he’s about to get cut.

"I felt like I was pretty solid in there [against Kansas City, his last preseason action], but I guess they felt otherwise," Andrews said. He said he hasn't gotten any indication from coaches he is on shaky ground.

Andrews said he thinks he is making progress learning to play right guard, but "I would not have signed here from the jump" to be a guard.

"I got signed to play right tackle," he said…

"Howie [Roseman, the general manager] reassured me I would be the guy at right guard," he said. "I wouldn't have signed [the reworked deal] to be the third guy."

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