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What they're saying about the Eagles

Here's a roundup of what they're saying about the Eagles:

What they're saying about the Eagles

Michael Vick and the Eagles have had a busy offseason. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick and the Eagles have had a busy offseason. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here's a roundup of what they're saying about the Eagles:

In an ESPN.com article, Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders takes a look at the Eagles' decision to hit Michael Vick with the franchise tag:

As we mentioned in our "Plugging the Holes" series, the Eagles' passing attack didn't budge from Vick's level of performance when Kevin Kolb got to play with the same receivers. One of the biggest reasons Vick did so well as a passer was his career-low interception rate of 1.6 percent; even if we ignore Vick's past and consider him to be a permanently-changed passer, it's close to impossible for any quarterback to sustain an interception rate that low over the course of multiple seasons.

Vick was a better player than Kolb in 2010 because of his abilities as a runner (and the lanes that opened up for LeSean McCoy), but that also increased Vick's exposure to injury. Remember that Vick's rib injury in Week 4 came on a scramble, and the health histories of style comps like Steve Young and Randall Cunningham suggest missed time is in Vick's future. In a way, the Eagles are probably safer going year-to-year with Vick, but they shouldn't expect top-five production from him next season.

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Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com offers his offseason outlook for the Eagles:

Head coach Andy Reid made a big decision by moving offensive line coach Juan Castillo to the other side of the ball as his defensive coordinator. Philadelphia’s red-zone defense last season was the NFL’s worst in the past 20 years, so Castillo will have his hands full. Adding veteran defensive line coach Jim Washburn, perhaps the best at his position in the NFL, should help Castillo’s transition go more smoothly. Sources believe the Eagles will strongly consider signing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha assuming he doesn’t re-sign with the Oakland Raiders (and that seems remote).

Caplan also writes that there is "much less than a 50-50 chance" that Quintin Mikell will be back with the Eagles.

Nate Davis of USA Today lists six teams that could have interest in trading for Kevin Kolb. One of them is the 49ers:

They own the No. 7 pick in the draft, and quarterback may be their most unsettled position. Obtaining a more veteran presence like Kolb -- granted, he's only started seven games -- might be more palatable to new coach Jim Harbaugh, assuming he'd rather win sooner than later.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post ranks all 32 NFL stadium experiences based on five factors: architecture, history, weather, fans and location. He's got the Linc at No. 5:

This place doesn’t feature the same hostility or 700 level chaos that could be found at Veterans Stadium back in the days of Buddy Ryan and Randall Cunningham, but trust me, that doesn’t mean Lincoln Financial Field is a friendly environment for visiting teams.

Mike Tyson was recently asked about Vick during an interview with ESPN.com's Paul Lukas:

Listen, listen. I don't know why people do what they do. What should we do with Michael Vick? Really, really: Why don't we castrate him? Why don't we do something bad to his children to teach him a lesson? Is that really the answer?

Or instead, we can say, "Hey, you've been given the wrong signals all these years, and you didn't realize you were destroying God's animals." So we have to change his way of thinking. Not kill him, not assassinate him. We have to kill his way of thinking in that particular area. So yes, we should give him another chance. And so far he's taken great advantage of it.


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