Sunday, December 28, 2014

What they're saying about the Eagles

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles as they prepare for their Week 2 matchup against the Lions.

What they're saying about the Eagles

Andy Reid´s use of timeouts against the Packers was puzzling. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid's use of timeouts against the Packers was puzzling. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Here's the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles as they prepare for their matchup against the Lions.

Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com reports that Michael Vick can cash in if he gets enough playing time this season:

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick was already set to earn at least $5.25 million this season, but Vick stands to make even more if he sees a lot of playing time as the season progresses. A source confirmed Vick has playing time and per-game incentives which boost his earning potential to $8 million this season.

Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com says it's not too early for the Eagles to panic:

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A potential quarterback controversy and mounting injuries. The start to the Kevin Kolb era was a dud in Sunday’s 27-20 loss to Green Bay. He completed just five of 10 passes for 24 yards before being knocked from the game with a concussion. Although replacement Michael Vick almost led a double-digit comeback, Eagles coach Andy Reid has verbally committed to Kolb as his starter when healthy. That’s easy to say but may not fly inside his team’s locker room. Should the unproven Kolb be forced to miss games, it’s fair to wonder how many Eagles players would want Vick to keep the job if Philadelphia wins. Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley also could be sidelined with a concussion, while two other starters — versatile fullback Leonard Weaver and center Jamaal Jackson — suffered season-ending injuries against the Packers.

The Eagles dropped seven spots to No. 18 in FoxSports.com's weekly power rankings:

Oh, the pain, the pain, Will Robinson, the pain! The Eagles have to put last week's loss and the tough injuries behind them. And they have exactly what the doctor ordered this week in the Lions.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 18th also:

Start the quarterback controversy. I can hear it now: Play Mike Vick. Kevin Kolb deserves half a season before that starts -- or at least another game.

SI.com's Don Banks drops the Eagles five spots to No. 19:

This being Philadelphia, the best conspiracy theory I heard regarding the Eagles' suddenly muddled quarterback situation is that Andy Reid went with Kevin Kolb only to set up Michael Vick for a starring role in relief at some point. Then when Vick sparkled -- as he did in the loss to Green Bay -- Reid could easily elevate him as the real replacement for the departed Donovan McNabb. Right.

Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports ranks the Eagles 18th:

Yo, DeSean Jackson – how’s that whole “Young Guns” thing working out for you so far?

Steve Wyche of NFL.com writes about the injuries the Eagles suffered in Week 1:

While most observers debate whether Kolb or Vick should start at quarterback against Detroit on Sunday, the big losses were center Jamaal Jackson and fullback Leonard Weaver. Jackson tore his triceps in the season-opening loss to Green Bay, and Weaver blew out his ACL. Both have been placed on injured reserve.

NFL.com's Michael Lombardi rips Andy Reid for his use of timeouts in the fourth quarter:

Reid went all-in with his timeout, and even though he got the ball back, his careless use of timeouts was another in a long line of interesting Eagles game-management moves. He never gave his team a chance to be in the best position to tie the game, but because the Eagles got the ball back, the role of game management in their 27-20 loss went unnoticed. At least to most, but not Eagles fans, who have seen this on a infuriatingly consistent basis.

Earlier Thursday, I posted a look at the Eagles' defensive goals, their blitz packages and their personnel.


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