October 17, 2013 |
THERE REALLY isn't much of a chance Michael Vick will quarterback the Eagles this week against Dallas. You don't need a top-secret source deep within the organization to know that. You only need to listen to Vick. "I try to work every day to get myself back in position where I can come out here and run full speed. I'm not able to do that . . . When I try to 'burst,' the knot is there," Vick said yesterday. "I think another week of rehab could put me in position where I could start gaining some confidence and doing things I normally do. " Asked yet again about the idea that he might lose his job because of injury, a la Alex Smith last year in San Francisco, Vick said: "We gotta win the next football game . . . we have three great quarterbacks.
October 10, 2013 |
WHEN TWITTER follower @candisrm29 saw that Michael Vick did some onfield work at practice yesterday, she declared that if Vick plays this week in Tampa, "the Sports Science Coordinator was trained at Hogwarts. " Reporters haven't been allowed to speak with Eagles sports science coordinator Shawn Huls since Chip Kelly brought Huls aboard early in the offseason. We don't know whether he speaks Parseltongue. We don't know what might have been bracing Vick's left hamstring yesterday under those baggy, gray sweatpants, what exotic elixirs and magical machinery might be at work behind the NovaCare curtain.
October 9, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY believes in meticulous preparation. So it came to pass yesterday that the Eagles' coach made sure he was covered, should Nick Foles start at quarterback this week against Tampa and play unbelievably well. "There's always open competition. So if Nick goes out there and throws 100-for-100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then, yeah," Kelly said when asked if Foles can win Michael Vick's job. Later, in response to a similar question, about whether Vick would remain the starter no matter what, Kelly lowered the Foles odds just slightly.
October 7, 2013 |
The favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft played at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater is considered the top quarterback in a crowded class - and it's one the Eagles might explore. Even though the Eagles can still salvage their season after a 1-3 start and it's premature to forecast their draft prospects in October, there are essentially two types of teams in the NFL: Those that believe they have a franchise quarterback, and those still looking for one. Unless the Eagles make the playoffs and draft too late to find a top quarterback, or they envision Michael Vick (a 33-year-old pending free agent)
September 9, 2013 |
Obscured by the podium, the black headband Michael Vick nervously fingered swayed rhythmically throughout the quarterback's 12-minute media session Wednesday. That sweat-soaked pendulum was an apt symbol for a 2013 Philadelphia Eagles season that, like most others, figures to oscillate between good times and bad. As long as Vick and the Eagles, who debut Monday night in Washington, seem on the upswing, Eagles fans will be content. But should the downswings prove too numerous or pronounced, the 33-year-old almost certainly will not get another shot at redemption here.
September 6, 2013 |
When Michael Vick entered the NFL in 2001, he was considered a transformational talent. The NFL had seen mobile quarterbacks before - Randall Cunningham was one of the finest in Philadelphia in the early 1990s - but Vick took it to another level. Vick became the first quarterback to run for 1,000 yards in a season. Although he's not the same rusher he was when he entered the league, his dual-threat ability is still central to the Eagles offense. Yet Vick is no longer one of the few. He pointed to marquee quarterbacks who are similarly multidimensional.
August 30, 2013 |
Sam Bradford, Rams: Looking for a strong year from Bradford, especially since the only way the Rams likely will move the ball is through the air. He's only a QB2, but could be a good draft-to-trade chip for a team that has an exceptional QB1. Tom Brady, Patriots: If grandpa carved up the Thanksgiving turkey the way Brady sliced up the Eagles and Buccaneers during training camp, our whole family still would be full. Brady is missing a lot of weapons, but it doesn't seem to have slowed him down.
August 28, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State released its first depth chart of the season yesterday, and in no surprise, Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg were listed as the co-starters at quarterback. The duo has been competing for the job since the beginning of training camp, and an "OR" was the only thing between the two on the depth chart. Coach Bill O'Brien has repeatedly said the race is neck-and-neck, and he noted he plans on using both signal callers when the Nittany Lions open their season this Saturday against Syracuse at MetLife Field.
August 24, 2013 |
Temple coach Matt Rhule on Thursday named junior quarterback Connor Reilly the Owls' starter for the regular season, which begins on Aug. 31 at Notre Dame. Reilly, who has never started a collegiate game, beat out Clinton "Juice" Granger for the starting job. Granger, a fifth-year senior, started the final two games of last season at quarterback. "It was a hard decision for us," Rhule said at the team's media day at The Pavilion, home to Temple's new indoor practice facility.
August 22, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien has not decided which quarterback will start in Penn State's season opener on Aug. 31. But the second-year coach has had no shortage of praise for Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg. "It's very close," O'Brien reiterated about the QB competition yesterday. "I told the team this yesterday, these are two of the best young quarterbacks I've ever coached. Tyler is 19 years old and Christian is 18, and I say by the end of the week, we'll have a decision on who will start the Syracuse game.