Here's another roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:
SI.com's Peter King has been working on an in-depth story about commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell told King he thinks Michael Vick is sincerely trying to right his wrongs:
"I do believe we need more success stories,'' Goodell said of Vick. "Too much of our society looks for people to fail. I'm not doing this because I felt sorry for Michael. I felt that because he'd been accountable, he had taken responsibility, and he wanted to make a positive difference. But he needed help getting there. That's why we did sort of a 'stage' return ... But Michael said to me, he said my number one goal is to make you proud and ... win that Super Bowl and be that MVP. We talk about that every once in a while. And it could happen. It would be a pretty cool moment.''
King also writes that he doesn't think Kevin Kolb is going anywhere next season:
I think, not to beat a dead Eagle, that Kevin Kolb is going nowhere, unless Philadelphia gets a sick offer. Why would the Eagles trade a quarterback Andy Reid loves, for anything, when he's not sure Mike Vick can play 16 games? There may come a time, like in 2012, when the cost of keeping Kolb would be so prohibitive the Eagles would let him go. But that time is not now. It's just not smart.
One other note from King's Monday Morning Quarterback column. He mentioned Dom Capers as a potential candidate for the head-coaching job in Tennessee. It should be noted that King was not speaking from an official source with knowledge of the situation, but merely throwing Capers' name out there.
So why is that of importance here? Because if Capers leaves the Packers, they'll have a defensive coordinator opening and could very well fill it with one of their other defensive assistants - perhaps an assistant the Eagles are targeting.
Moving on, Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News handed out his NFL awards earlier this month. He had Vick second on his MVP ballot and third in his Comeback Player of the Year rankings.
Gosselin named Marty Mornhinweg his assistant coach of the year:
He taught Michael Vick to be a pocket passer and operate within an offensive system. In Atlanta, Vick's legs were his second option. If his primary receiver wasn't open, he ran. In Philly, Vick goes through his full progression of reads before running. He fashioned a career-best 100.2 passer-efficiency rating.
Asante Samuel joined Green Bay's Tramon Williams on Gosselin's All-NFL Team:
One of the best signings of the free-agency era. The Eagles wanted a playmaker at corner, so they signed Samuel away from the Patriots in 2008. He led the NFL in interceptions with nine in 2009 and finished second with seven in 2010.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post says there are risks involved with giving Vick a long-term deal, but he says the Eagles should still do it:
Can he last? Can he absorb those hits? Because you can’t take that out of his game. His ability to run the football makes him unique, dangerous. It forces opposing coaches to sleep in the office and carry on post practice meetings in the film room that last well into the evening hours. Script a game plan to limit his talents.
Donovan McNabb continues to work on his post-football career. He'll once again join ESPN's Super Bowl coverage this week.
"I am really looking forward to working with ESPN at the Super Bowl," McNabb said in a statement, per The Washington Post. "I have done this for the past few years and really enjoy the opportunity to talk about the game. Believe me, I'd much rather be playing in the Super Bowl, but this is the next best thing. I love the game of football and am as big a fan as there is."
Like me, you probably found the Pro Bowl impossible to watch. But that wasn't the case for everyone. The game earned a 7.9 overnight rating, up 36 percent from the previous year. To put the number into perspective, it's higher than the Orange Bowl (7.1) and Sunday's Lakers-Celtics game (4.4).
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