Christmas break is over. Time to put away the Spiderman bike with training wheels and get back into the flow of discussing our beloved Eagles. Our 4-11 Eagles. Ugh, that just sounds so very depressing.
Nick Foles was moved to IR due to his broken hand. Antonio Dixon was signed to a 2-year deal to replace him. Interesting move. Dixon does somewhat know the defense so it could be a simple move because of that. You also wonder if this move is a signal about the future. Would the Eagles head back to a 2-gap system in the future? Could Dixon be looked at as a NT, whether 4-3 or 3-4?
Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks both suffered concussions on Sunday. Derek Landri will start in place of Cox, if Fletch can’t go. Akeem Jordan would replace Kendricks if he can’t go.
The big story, of course, is the return of Michael Vick to the starting lineup. What will this be like? The coaches normally run a more conservative offense against the Giants. I hope that trend continues. It would be good to see Vick play in a game where we have a pair of good RBs and we run somewhat of a balanced offense. The OL is playing better than they did when Vick got hurt.
It would be nice to get to see Vick play in this setting so that we could get some idea of whether we should have any interest in bringing him back in 2013 on a cheap deal. I don’t prefer that idea, but some fans do. My hang-up is that Vick has a decade’s worth of bad habits that just aren’t going away no matter how much the offense changes. If Vick could play a clean game and lead the offense to 27 to 30 points, maybe that would change my mind.
It will be interesting to see how the offense looks with Vick compared to what it looked like with Foles. Mike is getting the same OL and set of skill players. Foles has led the offense to 20 or more points in 4 of the last 5 games. They’ve topped 400 yards a couple of times. Maclin and Avant are playing their best football of the year. How much changes with Mike at the helm and are the changes good or bad?
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There are more Chip Kelly to the Eagles reports coming out. I’ll get into that stuff later. I still think this is all speculation right now.
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There is a stud LT in action in a bowl game tonight. Eric Fisher of Central Michigan plays in the Little Caesars Bowl. David Syvertsen offered some thoughts on him.
I like Fisher quite a bit. Big frame. Very good run blocker. Tenacious. The Eagles would not take him at #4, but if we blow it and pull out a win on Sunday, we could fall as low as #8. At that point, maybe Fisher is a possibility.
Speaking of Sunday…will it be an upset if the Eagles win? The Giants look terrible these days. Being a Giants fan must be crazy. They literally don’t know which team will show up on every Sunday.
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How friggin weird is it to think Andy Reid will only be here for 5 or 6 more days? It is almost hard for my brain to grasp that idea.