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What they're saying about the Eagles (part 2)

Here's the second installment of our national media roundup on the Eagles.

What they're saying about the Eagles (part 2)

Michael Vick is getting some MVP buzz around the country. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick is getting some MVP buzz around the country. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

If you missed part one, check it out here.

Here's the second installment of what people are saying about the Eagles this week as they prepare to take on the Giants for first place Sunday night.

Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com wonders how so many personnel evaluators were wrong about Michael Vick 2.0:

Much of the NFL scouting and talent apparatus blew the post-prison Mike Vick evaluation. Almost every Tom, Dick and whistle got it wrong. No player in NFL history has been mis-evaluated like after-jail Mike Vick, and that includes Tom Brady, a sixth round draft pick who might be the best quarterback of all time. And let's not elevate Eagles coach Andy Reid to genius status in this matter, either. He wanted Kevin Kolb as his starter over Vick. People like me in the media were raging idiots as well. Most of us thought Mean Machine Vick was done. I was one of them. Dope(s). Then Vick proved all of us wrong. What Vick did on Monday night was against an NFL team, not San Diego State.

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Matt Bowen of the National Football Post has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings:

Michael Vick looked like the QB who demands the new contract in the win over the Redskins.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles sixth:

Could be it that, in the first year after trading the quarterback who couldn’t deliver a Super Bowl win in 11 tries, the Eagles will finally get their Super Bowl win?

Should Michael Vick re-sign with the Eagles or go to the highest bidder? Pete Prisco and Clark Judge of CBSSports.com discuss. Here's what Prisco says:

My first choice would be to re-sign with the Eagles. But I wouldn't take a home-team discount. Yes, the Eagles did him right by signing him after his jail time. But there is no loyalty in football. If he didn't produce, the Eagles would let him go in a minute. So Vick has to do what's best for him. If that means looking for more money elsewhere, so be it. Remember, this is a man who lost his entire fortune. If I were Vick, I'd look for the best fit from a team that's willing to pay the most money. If the Eagles offer a deal that would bring him $45 million in guaranteed money and a team like the Raiders would offer $50 million, I'd stay for the $5 million difference. But if the Raiders were better by $15 million, that's a different story. You people hate to hear this, but it's a job for these players. They need to get whatever they can whenever they can. It doesn't last forever. Loyalty is a laughable thing in the NFL. Vick owes the Eagles nothing. So look out for No. 1 is what he should do.

Prisco has the Eagles fourth in his power rankings:

The way Mike Vick is playing, it's hard to count them out of anything. He's elevated his game in a big way. They play so fast on offense.

Judge writes about Vick's potential big payday as a free agent this offseason:

I know a quarterback in Philadelphia who can use that as leverage, and he should. Michael Vick is the top-rated passer in the NFL. He hasn't thrown an interception this season. He hasn't lost a game he started and finished. He has the Eagles tied with the New York Giants for first in their division. And he's already atop some MVP ballots despite missing three starts with injured ribs. Oh, yeah, he's also 30, which means -- unlike McNabb -- he's entering the prime of his career.

NFL Network's Rod Woodson offered up some high praise for Vick:

"I believe Michael Vick is the most dangerous quarterback in NFL history," Woodson said. "He’s probably not the ‘best’ quarterback, but I’m talking about the most dangerous. He’s so versatile."

Charles Davis of NFL.com is talking Vick and MVP:

When it’s time to sit and analyze it for the final time, if Vick continues to throw and run the ball as proficiently as he has (to the tune of 15 TDs and zero turnovers) and if the Eagles win the NFC East, it could very well be his award. It’s difficult for me to get past the snapshot of his most recent performance. But my leader right now is Manning, and he’s won games. He’s followed closely by Rivers, who will be even more in the discussion if the Chargers win the AFC West. And Vick is more than just in the conversation.

Football Outsiders is high on the Birds. They have the Eagles listed as the team with the best chance to win the Super Bowl, and also No. 1 in their weekly DVOA rankings:

The Philadelphia Eagles are once again number one in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings this week, and their dominant victory over Washington gives them a healthy cushion in our ratings. The Giants, last week's top team, fall back to sixth after the Dallas upset. Big Blue is still part of a five-team group that ranks behind Philadelphia but has a slight amount of separation from the rest of the league; the rest of that group includes Tennessee, Pittsburgh, New England, and Green Bay.

The Shutdown Corner, Yahoo Sports' NFL blog, has Vick No. 1 in its MVP race:

I said this to a friend after the Monday night "game" against the Redskins, and still stand by it, hyperbole and all: This season, Vick has been the most dominant player I've ever watched play football. Now, you have to understand, I'm not as old as some of you that got to see some of the greats back in the '80s and early '90s, but from what I'm seeing, Vick is the equivalent of John Wall walking into a pick-up basketball gym and playing hoops. Everyone would stand back, thinking, "This guy is SO MUCH BETTER than everyone else." That's how I feel Vick is as an NFL quarterback. With him being so accurate with the ball (still hasn't thrown a pick this season), it seems he can rush for 20 or more yards per attempt. The only knock? He's played just six games this season.

Deadspin has a list out of the NFL's bottom 100 players of all-time. Ex-Eagles who made the list: Erik McMillan (No. 93), Joe Pisarcik (No. 86), Siran Stacy (No. 72), Otis Smith (No. 71), Roger Vick (No. 62), Scott Fitzkee (No. 60), King Hill (No. 45), Freddie Mitchell (No. 37), Happy Feller (No. 27), Kenny Jackson (No. 23), Michael Haddix (No. 14), Kevin Allen (No. 4).

Here's the write-up on Mitchell:

Though probably not the worst receiver in NFL history, Mitchell is definitely the worst receiver in NFL history to talk nonstop trash. After the Patriots defeated the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, Bill Belichick, who never utters anything of note, said of Mitchell: "All he does is talk. He's terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game."


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