Here's a roundup of what the media are saying about the Eagles this week:
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Michael Vick's creditors have a lot to gain from his success:
On July 7, 2008, Vick filed for bankruptcy, citing debts ranging from $10 million to $50 million. He reportedly still owes his creditors about $20 million. He was allowed to keep $300,000 of the $6.8 million he made from the Eagles over the past two seasons.
Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com writes that Kevin Kolb is one of the players most affected by the NFL's labor uncertainty:
There’s a strong belief with personnel sources that if the new CBA is not signed by draft weekend, Kolb will stay with the Eagles for the final season of his contract. Teams are prohibited from trading players during the draft if no new CBA has been completed. Teams can only trade draft picks.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down the play that ended the Eagles' season: Tramon Williams' interception of Michael Vick at the Linc:
Cover 4 is a zone defense. However, Williams plays with inside leverage for a simple reason: the split of the No.1 WR. As we can see from the TV tape, the No.1 WR is aligned outside of the numbers and release with a vertical stem. No need for Williams to play with an outside shade here, because the WR can’t run an outside breaking route from the split. As a CB, you have to understand splits and alignments—because they always tell a story. In this situation, Williams has to play for a vertical release or an inside breaking route. That’s it. There is no room to run the out or the 7 cut (corner route) into the boundary.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com breaks down the odds that the Eagles deal Kolb and speculates on what he might be worth:
Reid is said to love Kolb. But with Mike Vick back to run the Eagles next season, the Eagles almost have to trade Kolb since he can leave after the 2011 season without compensation. The risk is if Vick bombs or gets hurt, but two draft picks will help offset that if the Eagles can make a deal. Any team making a trade to get him would also have to give him a long-term deal or risk placing a franchise tag on him in 2012. Why trade if you're not going to pay him? If a team were willing to part with two picks, it would certainly have to be willing to extend Kolb's contract.
Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders takes a look at what Clinton Portis has left and thinks the Eagles might be a good fit for his services:
Turn Portis into a devastating part-time back. He's young enough to make a recovery -- he doesn't turn 30 until Sept. 1 -- and unlike backs that rely on breakaway speed in their youth and age poorly, Portis' mix of skills should sustain a second act for his career. He's an intelligent runner, makes sure cuts at the line of scrimmage and no back in the league is better in pass protection. A pass-happy team like the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots could easily find a role where Portis could contribute.
Gregg Rosenthal of NBCSports.com ranks all 32 teams based on which ones would be most hurt by a potential lockout. He has the Eagles 11th:
New coordinator Juan Castillo hasn’t coached defense since the 1980’s. He needs the offseason just as much as the players. Any team that is active in free agency like Philly could also get penalized this year. Speaking of which ...
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