Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’

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Ryan’s Rant: Michael Vick

09/22/2010

I can hardly believe my ears and then my eyes when it was announced at 5:30 AM EST that Michael Vick would start this week in Jacksonville. Philly fans have always loved the back-up until he becomes the starter.

Vick is arguably playing QB better than anyone in the league and is duel run/pass threat is a nightmare for any DC to plan for. However, just Monday, HC Andy Reid stated that Kolb was his man. Now, in a sudden change of heart they back track? This sounds like the decision clearly came from ownership and from the locker room. It is also a sign that Reid may be nearing the end of his run in Philadelphia. Never a good thing when the owner over rules the HC. I don’t know this for fact, but no HC has ever changed his mind in two days without it being from the bosses. This also opens up trade opportunities. Not for Vick, but Kolb. There has always been interest in Kolb by the Browns and Minnesota would certainly be a candidate as well. The Vikings HC Childress is the former Eagles OC and would love to have Kolb come to the Vikings as their future.

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Nick Parsons – Philadelphia NFL Future

08/06/2010

Philadelphia Eagles O/U 8 1/2

2009: 11-5 SU / 9-7 ATS / 4-4 ATS at home / 5-3 ATS on road / O/U 10-6

The Eagles are a young team after dumping veteran QB and “face of the franchise” Donovan McNabb. Kevin Kolb will now be thrust into the spotlight in the City of Brotherly Love and he’ll be joined by as many as four new starters on defense. Philadelphia had 11 victories last year, despite giving up 27 TD passes and only holding two of their final 10 opponents to under 20 ppg. Kolb threw for over 350 yards in two starts last year, and will get help from wide receiver DeSean Jackson and from running back LeSean McCoy, however I have a hard time seeing this offense “gelling” immediately, and expect it will take some time before the “big three” for Philadelphia show some chemistry with each other on offense.

Here’s the schedule: vs. Green Bay; @ Detroit; @ Jacksonville; vs. Washington; @ San Francisco; vs. Atlanta; @ Tennessee; vs. Indianapolis; @ Washington; vs. NY Giants; @ Chicago; vs. Houston; @ Dallas; @ NY Giants; vs. Minnesota; vs. Dallas

So can Philadelphia duplicate the success it had last season and win 11 games or more? In my opinion the answer is an emphatic “no”. The Eagles chose a league-high 13 players in the April draft, with the majority on the defensive side, and most of them will be expected to play key roles on this years team; that does not bode well for Philly fans. When also taking into account their schedule, which includes a tough home opener vs. the Packers, and three of five on the road, you may want to consider a second look at the UNDER 8 1/2 total victories in 2010.

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