There has been a lot of discussion recently on the Michael Vick situation. Vick is due a $3M payment within 3 days of the Super Bowl. Conventional wisdom said the Eagles had to cut him in that period to avoid paying the money. Now it turns out the Eagles have a bit more time. Per Jeff McLane:
The Eagles would owe Vick the money only if no one else picked him up or if someone signed him for less than $3 million, according to an NFL source.
So the Eagles can take more time to make the decision on Vick…if they want. Personally, I’d still go ahead and cut him. I just don’t see the upside to keeping Vick around. Are the Eagles competing for a Super Bowl in 2013? Doesn’t seem likely. Play Foles. Find out if he’s the guy or not. If he is, you’ve got a good answer. If he isn’t, you’re in line for a high pick in a good QB draft and you now know Foles is either a backup or someone to deal.
Vick is better suited for a team that is in “win now” mode. He’s too old to be anyone’s long term answer at QB. He could be a good fit for some team looking for a 2-year solution. Or maybe he goes to a team like the Jaguars that is just desperate for offensive playmakers.
I just struggle to see the logic in keeping him as part of the Eagles. The one hedge I’ll make is that Chip Kelly could like the roster more than we anticipate and feel the team can compete in 2013. If that’s the case, then you can make the argument for keeping Vick. I prefer to let him go.
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Sam Donellon wrote an excellent piece on Ricky Santos, Chip Kelly’s star QB at New Hampshire.
I was going to pull out a few quotes, but just go read the whole thing. Lots of good nuggets. One of the primary points is that Kelly doesn’t need a QB with explosive speed. He needs someone who thinks fast and plays fast more than someone who runs fast. I firmly believe that decision-making is the real key to a good Chip Kelly QB, not athleticism.
Santos thinks Nick Foles can run the Kelly offense effectively. We’ve talked about this over and over, but it bears repeating. Chip Kelly doesn’t want his QB running a lot. He mixes that element in to his scheme, but can minimize it if the personnel don’t fit.
In 2010 his top 2 QBs combined for 79 “runs” in 14 games. In college sacks are included in QB run totals. That means that 5.5 times a game his QB either ran or was sacked. To put that in perspective, RG3 had 179 QB runs in his final season at Baylor. That was in 13 games. RG3 had 14 QB runs per game.
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Speaking of Foles, after watching many of the QB prospects in the draft I decided to go back and re-watch Foles in action. I’ve got to tell you that I’m leaning more and more to keeping Foles and going with him as the starting QB. Add Dennis Dixon to the mix. Draft someone like Matt Scott in the 4th round to come in and compete. The QB talent at the top of this class is good, but not great. These are very flawed players. Don’t overpay for flawed talent.
Here is Dave Spadaro and Adam Caplan going over Foles performance in the second WAS game. Nick made some really good throws. The thing that jumped out at me was the sheer volume of throws. God, Andy and Marty went nuts with the passing game.
Quick aside…we really are lucky that PE.com does stuff like this. I know I’m biased because I’m part of the site, but the Eagles give us tremendous coverage. Jeff Lurie and Joe Banner both pushed this and we’re lucky that’s the case. I’ve looked around at other team sites and there is some pedestrian coverage out there. This summer the Chargers had a headline on their site that referred to “San Deigo”. Must have been written by Ron Burgundy.
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Couple of DC notes…
Why no talk of Eric Mangini? Look at the numbers. There is this perception that Mangini is a really smart coach. The numbers tell you he’s a bum.
Eric was the DC in New England in 2005. He then was HC of the Jets and Browns for a total of 5 years. In those 6 total seasons, he never had a defense rank in the Top 15 in yards allowed. He did have one Top 10 scoring defense. He had one defense that finished Top 10 in takeaways.
Mangini is the opposite of Rob Ryan in terms of demeanor and personality, but they are very similar in the sense that the numbers don’t come close to the hype.
A few people wonder if the Eagles are going to hire a college coach. The thinking is that the team will hold the announcement so that the coach can continue recruiting. This would be a very bad move in my mind. Why would you hire someone that is actively selling kids to come to his college, knowing that he’s going to leave. That would be very unethical in my book. I would not be happy with this at all.
Some will point to Chip Kelly recruiting just days before coming to Philly, but there is a difference. He didn’t know for a fact he was coming here at the time. If a coach is open to leaving and still recruiting, that’s just covering your bases. He doesn’t know his direct future. That’s far from ideal, but not unethical to me. Knowing you are going to leave and actively lying to kids is completely different.
Some have asked about how Ed Donatell could suddenly become a cold candidate, after being the hot guy for a week. Writers have sources. They talk to agents, scouts, assistant coaches, and even misc team personnel. Someone out there is actively telling people the Eagles have cooled on Ed Donatell.
We don’t know who this person is. Might be someone with the Eagles who is just trying to help writers cover the search. Maybe it is an agent who has heard through his sources that the team isn’t after Ed anymore.
If you want to go with the conspiracy angle…maybe the Niners are spreading the rumor to keep the distraction factor down on Donatell when in fact he is going to get the job. If it did leak that he was the top candidate, he’d be bombarded with questions instead of answering just a few. No one wants that distraction prior to the Super Bowl.