Aikman's take, Barkley's pick, Mornhinweg's future

A few different things to get to this Saturday...

Let's start with Troy Aikman. He'll join Joe Buck for the call Sunday afternoon on Fox.

Aikman was on with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese to offer his take on the Eagles-Packers matchup earlier this week.

He was asked what the biggest key is for the Eagles.

"For Philadelphia, I think it's relatively simple," Aikman said. "They just can't give up big plays. They can't give up the big plays to Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones and those guys. If they don't give up the big plays, the Packers are going to have a hard time scoring a lot of points, and I think that gives the Eagles a chance late in the game."

I agree with him. If you missed my breakdown of how often opposing quarterbacks are targeting Dimitri Patterson over Asante Samuel, check it out here. Patterson has to avoid getting burned for big plays tomorrow.

Aikman was also asked about Michael Vick and his ability to handle the blitz.

"I've seen at times when they've brought the blitz and the ball's not come out, knowing that it's not protected," Aikman said. "I've seen other times when they've brought the blitz, it should be protected, only a blocker gets defeated. And then you've got to scramble then as well. So it's a combination of a lot of things."


Charles Barkley is one of many people making predictions before games kick off on Saturday.

And Sir Charles said during an interview on Rich Eisen's podcast that he gives the Packers the edge against the Eagles.

"I think their defense is better to be honest with you," Barkley said. "I've been pulling for Michael Vick all season, but I just think that defense of the Eagles, I don't think all that blitzing is going to work against Aaron Rodgers. I don't believe that. I think their wide receivers are too good. I think their tight end is too good..."

Eisen also got Barkley's take on what Ed Rendell had to say when the Eagles postponed their game against the Vikings.

"I think that he's got the term limit in Pennsylvania and he's got too much time on his hands," Barkley said. "Here's a guy who doesn't have a job now because he can't run again, and he just wanted to be on TV."

Barkley went on to suggest that all cold-weather stadiums should be built with retractable roofs.


There's one job that Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg won't be getting. We found out yesterday that the San Francisco 49ers got their man in Jim Harbaugh.

According to reports, Mornhinweg will get an interview with the Browns and Mike Holmgren.

But ESPN's Joe Schad mentioned another possible landing spot for Mornhinweg: Stanford.

As the guys over at Bleeding Green Nation point out, Mornhinweg's son (and high school quarterback), Skyler, has committed to play at Stanford, playing in 2010.

Schad was just mentioning possible candidates on his Twitter account, and it should be noted that he was not officialy reporting anything, but he did float Mornhinweg's name out there, along with several others.

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