So I already covered Mike Florio’s thoughts on Vick and the dynasty comments. What is my take? I wrote up my thoughts for PE.com.
In a fantasy world you would either have athletes say nothing that can be picked apart or you’d want the media and fans to read all comments to their fullest and in the proper context so that everything was properly understood. Neither of those is going to happen so we have to live with little controversies like Mike saying the Eagles could “develop a dynasty”.
That isn’t my ideal choice of words, but as long as he’s not making promises and guarantees, I have no problem with a player showing confidence in himself and his teammates. After all, isn’t the goal for the team to have lots of success?
The obvious rebuttal is to worry about winning the first Super Bowl and then talk about a dynasty. Fair enough. I do think Mike is focused on winning this year. He’s no spring chicken and he’s coming off a disappointing season. Vick feels some pressure to get back to 2010, when he was playing well and the team was winning.
If I thought Vick was already planning the Super Bowl parade route and his speech, I’d be worried. Instead he was generalizing about how good the team could be in the next few years. That’s a huge difference to me.
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Jimmy Bama was looking at a list of some high school guys (I don’t ask questions) when he came across some interesting info. He found out where some Eagles players were ranked in the Rivals Top 100 as HS prospects. Interesting post by Mr. Bama.
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Regular reader Jyot heard former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah on the radio out in Seattle. Jeremiah said that the Eagles wanted to draft QB Russell Wilson in the 3rd round if he was available. The Seahawks took him ahead of us and the Eagles then went for Nick Foles.
Andy Reid basically spilled the beans on this during a press conference right after the draft. I was surprised he was so candid about how much the team liked Russell Wilson.
The most interesting dynamic is that you couldn’t find 2 QBs less alike. Wilson is short, but athletic. Foles is tall, but unathletic. Wilson struggles in the pocket. Foles is a pocket passer. Both guys did transfer, one from the Big Ten, the other out of the Big Ten.
It will be interesting to see who turns out to be the better player.
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Since I blasted Mike Florio earlier, it is only fair for me to show some support when I agree with him. He put up a post today on the Eagles and a new thing they are doing with tickets. You hold your smart phone over the ticket and a video message will play.
That’s not my cup of tea, but some will find it cool and enjoy it. That’s all well and good.
Florio’s point, and one I agree with, is that teams need to quit focusing on how to enhance the game experience and think about how to lower costs to fans. This really doesn’t apply all that much to the Eagles since we have a huge fanbase and good team (we are on a 4-game winning streak, right?).
You see other teams, winning or not, and stands that are less than full. That’s not good. NFL teams think this is largely because HDTV has made games so much fun to watch at home. Yeah, that’s part of it. I do think cost is a huge factor. There are only 8 home games a year. I know teams can’t go cheap. They have to make money. I do think teams ought to focus on the cost angle more than they do.
Football is such an emotional sport that you want the stadiums full to help give the games the proper atmosphere. It makes the NFL look bad when you see rows and rows of empty seats at games.
I don’t think Florio is being anti-Eagles with this post. He’s simply using this announcement as a way to keep talking about the league making the game more affordable to families. And that’s a good cause for him to get behind.