November 29, 2013 |
Bruce Arians is as old-school as Stetson hats and Remington typewriters and a Rusty Nail on the rocks. In his world, the song always sounds better on vinyl, no 21st-century sitcom comes close to being as funny as The Andy Griffith Show, and quarterbacks ought to stay in the pocket and out of harm's way. Arians is 61 years old. It has been 25 years since Temple fired him after his six seasons there as head coach, more than 30 years since he...
November 18, 2013 |
A picture of Nick Foles taken a few weeks after his January 1989 birth shows him holding a football with the same grip he uses today as the Eagles' starting quarterback. As a teenager in Austin, Texas, Foles played high school football in a 10,000-seat stadium that was used for some of the filming of Friday Night Lights. By Foles' own admission, it's as if he was a character in Friday Night Lights . The NFL is filled with quarterbacks who can share similar stories. Nine of the 32 starting quarterbacks played high school football in Texas, which is more than 28 percent of the most coveted spots in the league.
November 13, 2013 |
Twenty teams in the NFL have been fortunate enough to get this far into the season with just one quarterback taking all or very nearly all of its offensive snaps. That number could dip soon as other teams face the possibility of losing a quarterback to injury. We are also reaching the point of the schedule - looking at you, Pittsburgh - when an organization might feel it is the right moment to look beyond an aging veteran. Stability at the quarterback position is no guarantee of success, but it helps.
October 29, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY didn't need to look at the tape yesterday to come up with an answer to the barrage of what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-your-offense questions at his postgame news conference. It's the quarterbacks, stupid. "When you're unsettled at quarterback, it's real difficult," he said after his zoom-zoom-zoom offense cough-cough-coughed for the second straight week in an ugly, 15-7 loss to the Giants. "You better have a quarterback. Right now, we're unstable at the quarterback spot and we are not playing well at the quarterback spot.
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.