Tag:Philadelphia Eagles
Posted on: July 18, 2010 1:35 pm

How much power does Andy Reid have?

The Philadelphia Inquirer has an interesting story today, detailing the relationship between Eagles coach Andy Reid and team president Joe Banner.

The good parts of their relationship, as outlined by staff writers Ashley Fox and Mike Jensen:

For 11 years, Reid and Banner have worked together, making the crucial decisions that, for better or worse, have led the Eagles to 118 wins, including 10 in the playoffs. They have constructed teams that have won five NFC East titles and have been to the conference championship game five times and the Super Bowl once.

Neither man is overly generous in divulging the details of the inner workings of their complicated relationship. Both independently insist that they get along, and they point to the longevity of their relationship as proof. If they had internal conflict and strife, they say, they wouldn't still be together.

The more uncomfortable aspects of their relationship:

As the years have passed since the Eagles were in the Super Bowl, a team source said, the balance of power in the front office has shifted away from Reid and back to Banner.

The Eagles' main decision-makers – (owner Jeffrey) Lurie, Banner, Reid, and new general manager Howie Roseman - bend over backward to say that Reid is the one who has final say on all football decisions. It is a fact so frequently stated that it raises a simple question: Is he really?

Is it really Reid who decides who stays, who goes, and how much a player gets paid? He runs the football operations, but Banner negotiates the contracts and manages the salary cap. When a tough decision has to be made - such as trading Donovan McNabb, releasing Brian Westbrook, or not re-signing Brian Dawkins - is it really Reid who makes the decision?

"If you ask me who's running the show, I'd say Joe Banner, without question," said a team source who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. "All along, Joe's the boss. Jeffrey's the owner, Joe's the boss. Everybody knows that.

"When Andy first came here, he had the power. We were winning. It was like a shared type of thing. But guess what? Joe's got all the power again, and that's it."

The question is, though, what happens if the Eagles continue to not win the Super Bowl? Will Banner eventually have to fire Reid in order for Philadelphia to take that next step? I guess that's when we'll see who really has the power.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 2:13 pm

More Michael Vick news

For those wondering how Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s probation and his inability to leave the state of Pennsylvania will affect him as the season unfolds, NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora wrote Monday that it won’t.

One source close to Vick told La Canfora: "This will not keep him from doing his job and going on the road with the Eagles."

And while we’re discussing Michael Vick, the National Football Post’s Matt Bowen has a breakdown on the reasons why the Eagles probably shouldn’t cut him.

Reason No. 1: who could Philadelphia get to replace Vick in backing up Kevin Kolb? Probably not third-string choice Mike Kafka, a rookie out of Northwestern. Even if Philadelphia wanted to release Vick – and there are reports out there that say that – Bowen makes the argument the Eagles would be better served to leave him on the roster.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 12:56 pm

Is Vick barred from leaving Pennsylvania?

When Michael Vick no-showed a football camp in Baltimore last week, his absence felt a little suspicious. Apparently, there's a pretty good reason why.

The NBC affiliate in Philadelphia reports that Vick, because of his probation, is not allowed to leave the state of Pennsylvania. 

Because of the restriction, Vick also missed a golf tournament this weekend in Atlanta. Still, if he's in desperate need of a vacation, Pittsburgh isn't that far away.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:20 am

Dungy speaks about Vick

Tony Dungy, whom the NFL appointed as Michael Vick’s mentor upon Vick’s reinstatement, appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and talked about the quarterback’s current situation. M.Vick, T.Dungy (US Presswire)

Dungy said Vick “made mistakes” and that the outcome of the 30th birthday bash “could have been disastrous and may still be”.
Roger Goodell envisioned Vick never again doing anything to reflect poorly on himself, his team or the NFL. Dungy admitted that, in this case, Vick “probably didn’t live up to that.”

Yesterday, Virginia Commonwealth attorney Harvey Bryant said Vick was involved in a confrontation prior to the shooting. But according to Philly.com, an Eagles source says this is a “mischaracterization”.

It’s been lot of commotion for a backup quarterback. Stay tuned.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:52 pm

Latest Vick report may not sit well with NFL

Virginia police know who pulled the trigger in the shooting outside of Michael Vick’s 30th birthday party, and it wasn’t Vick. But after a WAVY.com report today, the Eagles backup quarterback (who some have speculated could be replaced by Baltimore’s Troy Smith) may not be out of hot water with the NFL.

Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Harvey) Bryant spoke about the investigation and said Vick was involved in a confrontation before the shooting. Here are the specifics:

“The investigation shows (Vick) was not physically present when the shooting took place," said Bryant. "There were some confrontations between individuals and between groups and Michael Vick was involved in one of those confrontations."

"[It was] a confrontation that involved shouting, words passing, some bumping."

Vick had to be restrained by friends, Bryant said, who put Vick back in the limo, but he then got out to confront a person that Bryant will not identify.

"In terms of just using good judgment, at one point, he got in the limousine, and should have left at that point. He got out of the limousine, and with the help of several friends, he was returned to the limousine and left," said Bryant.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:10 pm

Vick won't be charged in shooting case

It looks like Eagles QB Michael Vick is off the hook regarding the shooting that occurred during his birthday party last month. Now, he’ll wait to see what commissioner Roger Goodell has to say about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, the Virginia Beach police have closed the case without filing charges. The police said they identified the assailant who shot a former Vick associate a few minutes after Vick left the party – all of this falls under the “alleged” category, because details were sketchy and conflicting – but because the victim was uncooperative, they couldn’t charge anybody.

Don’t expect the Eagles to release Vick from the roster with this latest bit of news. But we’ll still have to wait to see if Goodell will suspend Vick.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: July 5, 2010 9:18 am

Eagles say they're not releasing Vick

In a follow-up to yesterday’s Michael Vick new, a high ranking Eagles official has told ESPN.com that the club is not planning on releasing Michael Vick.

This from ESPN.com :

The team, according to the source, will not take any action until Virginia Beach police and the NFL conclude their investigations.

The Eagles issued a statement Saturday afternoon saying "any report or speculation that suggests the Eagles are considering releasing Vick are not true. We will continue to gather information and monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment until that process is complete."

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2010 12:14 pm

Eagles considering dumping Vick

A source from the Associated Press says the Philadelphia Eagles are considering cutting Michael Vick. Rob Maddi of the AP writes:

The person says the team might cut Vick no matter what police conclude during their investigation of a shooting that followed the quarterback's birthday celebration in Virginia Beach last week. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.Vick has said he had nothing to do with the shooting. He also said he reported the incident to the Eagles and to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell told the former Atlanta Falcons star after reinstating him last season that his margin for error was "extremely limited."Vick is entering his second season with the Eagles and is due to earn $5.2 million. A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Vick is Kevin Kolb's backup and the most experienced quarterback on the roster following the trade of Donovan McNabb.--Andy Benoit

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