The Eagles have reportedly decided not to bring Michael Vick back in any capacity in 2014. That would likely suit Vick just fine, as he has expressed his desire to start, and Nick Foles has a firm grip on that spot in Philadelphia. Vick is one of the top free agent quarterbacks available in the NFL this year, and at least one star player wants him on his team.
The Cincinnati Bengals have had one of the NFL’s top defenses for the last several years. The man who had been at the head of that defense, Mike Zimmer, recently left to become the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. That has opened the door for a local product to take over the unit.
There were two things that cheered me up after Sunday’s Eagles loss. First, the Cowboys blew it, as the Cowboys often do. Second, Chip Kelly’s day-after press conference was full of Kelly sarcastic goodness.
Chip Kelly was a little short with some answers, and addressed LeSean McCoy’s eight carries. He also spoke about Nick Foles’ inconsistency and the porous defense in the Eagles’ 48-30 loss to the Vikings on Sunday during his day-after press conference at the NovaCare Complex.
The Eagles were on top of the world. Winners of five in a row, their quarterback on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and heading into a game against an inferior opponent who was missing their best player. They were primed for a big win, and keeping a stranglehold on the NFC East lead.
The Eagles could have made things easy on themselves by winning, as they were expected to, in Minnesota on Sunday. Thankfully, the Cowboys also decided to make things more difficult on themselves by blowing a 26-3 lead to the Packers, and losing as well.
We all learned a pretty solid lesson yesterday. “Trap games” are not an Andy Reid thing, they are an NFL thing.
With all of the hype that has surrounded the Eagles this week, there is the fear that the Eagles could look past this weekend’s opponent. With the Cowboys and the Bears on the horizon, and possibly an NFC East title, it would be easy to take the Vikings lightly.
While the Eagles are making a push for an NFC East Division championship, the Vikings are starting to make early NFL Draft plans and looking ahead to 2014. But the Vikings cannot be taken lightly, especially if Christian Ponder is back and Adrian Peterson is healthy.
Donovan McNabb will be remembered for many things he did (and didn’t do) during his NFL career. He’ll be remembered as the best quarterback of all time (so far), for his failure to win a Super Bowl, for his air guitar prowess, and for not knowing there were ties in NFL football games
This week was the final week that starters were likely to appear in the preseason, offering fans one more indiscernible glimpse of what may lie ahead in the ensuing 17 weeks of NFL battle.
Here’s an update on which NFC teams took a step forward this week, and which ones overwhelmed the training staff with a rash of new injuries…
Teams squared off against one another for the first time this season, often at full speed, and occasionally featuring first team offensive sets.
This weekend witnessed its first preseason game, and in no time the bid for the Super Bowl will be well under way.
The good news is, arrests and court cases did not dominate NFL news this week. The bad news is that injuries to key players overwhelmed the news cycle instead.