Lots of oddball things to cover. Yesterday Nnamdi Asomugha and Nate Allen had a collision at practice. Allen was slow to get up, but did arise and shake off the hit. Nnamdi laid on the ground for several minutes. He did eventually get up. He then spit out blood and struggled to try and shake off the hit. He was carted off, holding his head and looking out of it.
There were initial reports that he lost consciousness, but they proved to be untrue. I cannot confirm or deny if Nnamdi momentarily saw Al Davis saying “Come to the light, Nnamdi.” Feel free to speculate on your own.
The fear was that Nnamdi might have a concussion, but Andy Reid today said that he had a lacerated lip and whiplash (aka very sore neck). He should be fine. There always has to be that one scary practice moment at Lehigh. This was sure it. Glad things turned out okay.
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I haven’t commented on the Andy Reid / Bob LaMonte situation due to simple confusion. I don’t know what’s going on. Mike Florio rushed up a hatchet job a couple of days ago reminding us that agents work for their clients and that because of what was said/not said there was a good chance LaMonte’s words were pre-approved by Reid.
I dismissed that as Florio being Florio. The man could find a hidden conspiracy in a porn movie. “I bet Roger Goodell made that woman seduce the pizza boy.”
Then Jeff McLane put out a story that very much echoed Florio’s. This really confused me.
McLane was the guy who the team seemed to feed information and give special access to. Why on Earth would he write this story? What was going on? That got me to thinking about the Asante Samuel comment “Reid thought he was in steep decline”. That comment has bugged me for a while. Did Reid really tell that to McLane? How else would McLane find that out?
One crazy theory. Remember Bob Ford’s column on Joe Banner’s departure? This section really stuck with me:
Joe couldn’t help himself. He used to show up at The Inquirer’s office with his ruler and spreadsheets and complain that the Phillies were getting too much coverage compared to the Eagles – during the Phils’ World Series run! He’d drag along the public relations lackey of the moment, whoever had the unenviable job of calling up reporters to mouthpiece Banner’s complaint of the day. And Banner would complain to media outlets about the tone of the coverage and tried to manipulate which journalists were assigned to write about the team. Oh, it was a merry time.
If Banner was using the Inquirer to give out info over the years, could he still be feeding McLane his opinions? Banner or McLane could have been the source for Florio. The stories are just too similar not to be connected in some way.
This is all just speculation on my part. As the police chief says in Miller’s Crossing, “I know I don’t know nothin’. I’m just speculatin’ about a hypothesis is all.”
If there is any truth to it, the sooner Banner gets going with the Browns, the better. Why would he feed this stuff to media contacts? To get at Andy. Whether there truly was a power play situation between Banner and Reid, all it takes for Joe to be angry is for him to believe there was one. I’ve still not heard anything on this angle. So again…pure speculation.
The reason I’m doing this is that I cannot believe that Andy Reid would want LaMonte to make the comments he did in the week that he did them. Andy buries his son on Tuesday and then a few days later Reid is trying a power play on Jeff Lurie? You can think a lot of bad things about Andy, but I can’t get that to make sense.
Les Bowen wrote his two cents on the subject and had no conspiracy angles.
I’m not trying to protect Reid here. If we find out down the road that he did in fact want LaMonte to put the screws to Lurie publicly, that’s pretty sick and twisted due to the timing. I just cannot believe that’s what truly happened. I think McLane and Florio are getting questionable info from someone who wants to make Andy look bad. Who else could be a “Reid enemy”?
Anyone heard from George Hegamin recently?
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I’m getting lots of questions about who makes the team and who doesn’t. Camp is basically over, but the Eagles have played just one PS game. I think we need to see one more to really know who’s close to in and close to out. I’ll put up a post on this later and cover some specific players.
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Lots of good links…
Gimpy has his new MAQB column up. He makes some really good points. One that stood out was how players can look good in camp as they face the same competition and see the same plays over and over. PS games change that and can throw players off. That’s one reason I never get too excited by just one PS game. Need to see a couple to know for sure that a player can repeat what he did.
Anyone ready for some draft talk? I wrote about some Safety prospects for 2013. This is partially due to the quickly evaporating career of Jaiquawn Jarrett, but also the fact that I love Safeties. My favorite position.
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Has everyone bought a copy of The Eagles Almanac?
If not, might I suggest you do. It is full of glorious tales of danger, romance, and adventure on the high seas. Uh, wait. That’s actually my romance novel. Eagles Almanac is a look back at 2011 and a look ahead to 2012, featuring the greatest group of writers ever assembled in one publication.
Plus, if you don’t buy the EA, I can’t promise the Secret Eagles Police won’t hunt you down and take you away for re-education.
“Admit Juan Castillo is a good defensive coordinator.”
“Okay, we’ll do it your way. Bring me the bore worms.”
“No!!!!!!!!!!! Not the bore worms!!!!!!!!!!!”
Nobody wants that to happen.
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Jimmy Bama and I have done a few podcasts in recent days.