Friday Night Stuff

Posted: November 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 26 Comments »

Stanford just beat UCLA in the Pac-12 title game.  That means Stanford will play in the Rose Bowl.  This is a big deal…a huge deal.  The last time Stanford made it to that game was after the 1999 season.  Before that…the 1971 season.  The reason I bring this up is that making the Rose Bowl is a huge accomplishment for Coach David Shaw.  If he was ever going to leave the school, it would be after something like this.  Word is still that Shaw is staying put, but we’ll see what happens there.  Congrats to him and the Cardinal on the trip to Pasadena.

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I haven’t commented on the whole Vick concussion soap opera.  I’ve not heard anything about a dispute.  Vick has had a great relationship with the Eagles to this point.  They gave him a 2nd chance and then made him the face of the franchise.  He’s made a lot of money and rebuilt his life with the help of Andy Reid and Jeff Lurie.

I don’t really buy the conspiracy theories.  I was told Vick had significant vision problems after the concussion.  That’s different than some guys who just have headaches and some dizziness.  The fact he’s slow in coming back seems pretty legit.  If there is anything going on, we’ll find out eventually.

While Vick won’t be the Eagles QB next year (pretty sure of that anyway), he will likely start for someone.  There is no reason to do anything risky with him right now.  And getting back on the field isn’t going to change much for Vick.  He’s had a crappy season.  Playing in a few games at the end isn’t going to make teams suddenly think Vick is back to an elite level.

I do think it’s possible Vick gets back on the field.  Andy Reid needs to see Nick Foles get the offense to be more productive.  If that doesn’t happen and Vick does pass his tests…Reid might put him back in.  The season is over, but Andy needs Foles to be able to successfully run the offense.  That means converting 3rd downs and scoring TDs.

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Jimmy Bama did a great post the other day on Brian Baldinger, Ray Didinger, Bryce Brown, and Bo Jackson.  Baldinger is Captain Hyperbole.  And he struck again, comparing Bryce to Bo Jackson, arguably the greatest athlete of the last 50 years.

Make sure you watch the Tecmo video.  That is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while.  I was in tears as I watched it.  Freaking awesome.

Great post.  Definitely check this out.

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  • austinfan

    Everyone assumes these guys want to coach in the NFL, but if you’re making $4-5M a year in a medium pressure situation (i.e. not Texas, Bama, LSU, ND, USC where you’re expected to win a championship at least once a decade), don’t have to deal with media madness, enjoy the kids, and can take a few months off each year, what’s so enticing about the NFL? Shaw can look at what happens to most NFL coaches, make the same money, take a lot of crap, and get fired in three years and have to move to another program that he doesn’t like nearly as much as Stanford.

    • TommyLawlor

      I agree. Nick Saban had NFL experience when he went to Miami so he knew what he was getting into, but still decided that he wanted back in college football. Some guys love CFB. Easier gig. Less money, but still a lot. If you can deal with recruiting, makes sense to stay there.

      • austinfan

        Not even sure the money is less at the top tier programs, how many NFL coaches make as much as Mack Brown or Saban?

        Second tier programs (top 20, not top 5) still pay competitive salaries for successful coaches to keep them. Patterson is getting a very nice deal from TCU, for example.

        It’s the fourth tier programs like Temple that can’t keep good coaches, they’re the farm teams because they can’t pay top salaries and don’t provide opportunities to recruit top players.

  • http://twitter.com/theguyotc the guy

    No need to worry.

    From everything I’ve seen, Foles will score touchdowns, even if he has to kill his receivers to do so.

    • TommyLawlor

      There was a great line in The Man With Two Brains:

      “If the murder of twelve innocent people can help save one human life, it will have been worth it.”

  • Baloophi

    Oh the Tecmo games I used to have with QB EAGLES…

    http://www.sportsgeekery.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/tecmo-1.jpg

    • TommyLawlor

      Jimmy and I talked about QB Eagles on the podcast the other day. Some weird licensing issue or something like that.

      • goeagles55

        He, Jim Kelly, and Bernie Kosar weren’t part of the NFLPA when they made the licensing agreement.

        Bill Belichick isn’t part of the coach’s association, so NE Coach leads the Patriots in Madden every year.

  • goeagles55

    How did they get the 2012 Eagles defense in Tecmo Bowl?!?

    • Arby1

      Yes, Tecmo Bowl = 2012 Eagles + Keystone Kops. I officially nominate the Tecmo theme music to replace Fly Eagles Fly.

  • SleepingDuck

    Was I the only one who was covering his ears when Gus Johnson kept screaming?

  • P_P_K

    Vick had problems with his vision before he concussion. He couldn’t see defenders ready to pick off his passes.

  • T_S_O_P

    Upon return from the Public House I have just frequented where I watched England demolish the All-Blacks 38-21, I would like to predict something similar Sunday evening.

    • TommyLawlor

      I hope you’re right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.verhoog Matthew Verhoog

    Crazy what happened in KC, really sad to see.

    • TommyLawlor

      Unbelievable. Feel very sorry for the kid, who now grows up with no parents.

  • Anders

    I know we already got Jackson and Johnson on this team, but I would love Tavon Austin on this team

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=565087931 Jeppe Elmelund van Ee

      +1
      Maybe Johnson can be a good slot guy, but if not, we definately needs an upgrade!

  • Noah D.

    Last night I say next to Jeff Lurie and apparently several Eagles execs at the restaurant in The Four Seasons.

    Lurie said that they’re targeting the 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman for Head Coach and their GM Trent Baalke for either a team president role or possibly to replace Howie Roseman entirely.

    Other notes: Lurie was very drunk and talking about having a personal net worth over 1 billion, as well as boasting over screwing over his wife in the divorce.

    He also noted that he didn’t want to change to a 3-4 because it would waste Fletcher Cox, who he said is probably the best player on the team other than McCoy.

    • Kevin_aka_RC

      I have a very hard time believing that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=565087931 Jeppe Elmelund van Ee

      That is just soooo hard to believe!

      • Noah D.

        Completely honest and completely serious. I should have taken a picture, I guess.

        • pkeagle

          I guess we’ll find out in a few months!!
          (well maybe not about the Christina Lurie bit!!)

    • shah8

      I don’t buy this account. Doesn’t help that pretending to have talked to insiders and received inside dope is really common on nfl boards.

      Additionally, thinking about it, Greg Roman is one of those coaching prospects, for reasons different than Chip Kelly superficially, but still the same fundamentally, will prefer Vick over anything he could bring in, including Alex Smith. The way Andrew Luck, Alex Smith, and to a lesser exent Steve McNair figured into the Cardinals and Ravens offense emphasized the QB as a rushing option (even McNair was too old and beat up to do much) and doing safe throws. Alex Smith, otoh, ain’t coming in any new Roman administration–Smith is out of a job largely because of the sacks he takes, and secondarily, the inability/unwillingness to make deeper throws on an ad hoc playground basis. Smith does make deep throws, particularly to Vernon Davis, but it’s when he’s really wide open or play designed first read. No way in hell he takes on Foles, because he will expect a QB to execute PA, and also throw deep well.

      Hmmm, this was really fun to think about…

      • Outtenbucks

        Yeah this fun to think about