Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What I missed: Plax, Asomugha and Andy

It's been awhile, but I'm back after a long wedding/honeymoon break. Thanks for all the kind Tweets, comments, etc. before I left.

What I missed: Plax, Asomugha and Andy

Many reports and rumors have said Plaxico Burress could be headed to the Eagles.  (Heather Ainsworth/AP)
Many reports and rumors have said Plaxico Burress could be headed to the Eagles. (Heather Ainsworth/AP)

It's been awhile, but I'm back after a long wedding/honeymoon break. Thanks for all the kind Tweets, comments, etc. before I left.

So what'd I miss? Here's the rundown:

* I'll admit I was pretty stunned to see just how much was written about Plaxico Burress as a potential option for the Eagles while I was gone. I offered my take on whether he'd be a fit before I left. In short, I don't really see it. Jeremy Maclin and Michael Vick were very good in the red zone last season, and Brent Celek and Jason Avant have shown the ability to get open down there in the past as well.

Could the Eagles benefit from having a bigger receiver? Probably. But I think they like Riley Cooper, and we have no idea what kind of player Burress is going to be at this point in his career.

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As for the Vick comparisons, I think it's a bit of a reach to think that just because the Eagles took a shot on him, they will now go after every player who is released from jail and is looking for a second chance.

Could it happen? I guess. Andy Reid likes having an unlimited supply of toys on offense, and the Eagles have certainly shown they're willing to take risks. But I'm not counting on it.

* Sources tell Clark Judge of that there is an "indifference" among the Eagles' brass about bringing in cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha whenever free agency begins:

But don't expect the Eagles to join the charge. I don't. And neither do others who are close to the organization.

They tell me there is an indifference toward Asomughha, mostly because he will cost a fortune but partly because he's a press cornerback who plays only the right-cornerback position. I know, I know, the Eagles need another cornerback like L.A. needs Sig-Alerts, and they could especially use one at the right-cornerback spot. But I've heard too many people say the Eagles aren't all that jacked up about Asomugha not to pay attention.

Tough to know what to make of this one. On one hand, a press cornerback who can play on the right side is exactly what the Eagles need. But my take on Asomugha has been the same for months now. Everything is set up for the market to be huge, and every team in the NFL would instantly improve by adding him to their defense.

When the bidding begins, it will likely come down to just how much the Eagles (and other teams) are willing to spend. In other words, I'd be surprised if they don't look into adding Asomugha, but where he eventually ends up is anyone's guess.

* Pro Football Weekly ranked all 32 NFL head coaches, and Andy Reid came in fourth, behind Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin and Mike McCarthy. Reid was ranked ahead of three coaches who have won Super Bowls: Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin and Mike Shanahan.

* Adam Schein of ranked every NFL franchise, based on the following factors: Owner, front office, head coach, coaching staff, QB and "intangibles," -- a combo of fan support, facilities, stadium and PR.

The Eagles came in at No. 5:

Andy Reid, Joe Banner, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie are excellent and united. Reid scored a coup when he hired Howard Mudd to coach the offensive line and Jim Washburn to coach the defensive line. The Eagles' public relations staff just gets it when it comes to the media, fans and players.

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