Lots of little topics to get to today.
Daniel Jeremiah (MoveTheSticks) said on Twitter last night that he believes the Jaguars will take LB Dion Jordan at #2. I say…NOOO!!! Jordan is the player I’m most comfortable with. It does make sense that the Jags could go for him. Gus Bradley had speed rushers in Seattle and they did a great job for him. Jordan is the best speed rusher in this draft.
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Lane Johnson thinks he’ll be an Eagle. EJ Manuel thinks he’ll be an Eagle. Peter King hears a lot about Star Lotulelei and the Eagles. Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein heard recently to pencil in Geno Smith to the Eagles.
Hmm. Maybe Howie Roseman is getting pretty good at this smokescreen stuff. Nobody seems to know exactly what the team will do and there are lots of rumors out there.
If Jordan is off the board…I want us to trade back.
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Paul Domowitch wrote an excellent column on Danny Watkins. Danny could be the poster boy for the Chip Kelly effect. Danny seems happy and excited by the new staff and new way of doing things. What we don’t know is if that enthusiasm will translate to better play. Danny does have good NFL ability. If he can bounce back and solidify RG, Todd can stay at RT and we can have a veteran OL. The team can’t count on this, but Danny’s performance in the mini-camp could affect how aggressive they are in getting an OT. I still see them going for one in the first 3 to 4 rounds.
A lesser person than me would point out the irony of Domo referring to Howard Mudd as an “old man”. Thankfully, I’ve got too much respect for my elders and I won’t do that.
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Some people were bothered by the talk of Michael Vick saying the Eagles were his team and that the QB spot was his job.
What do you want him to say? QB is the team leader. You must be bold and aggressive. Vick has started most of the past 3 seasons. There is every reason for him to feel it is his job. I don’t want Vick saying “I hope I can play well”. I need him to think he will play well, will be “the man” and will have a good year.
Kevin Kolb loved Michael Vick. Everything I’ve heard is that Nick Foles likes him very much as well. Vick competed with these guys for the job, but didn’t rub anyone the wrong way. There has been no locker room drama. Vick remains popular with his teammates because he carries himself the right way when he’s with them.
I will have a problem if Vick starts to play like crap and Foles is clearly better and then Vick is going on about the Eagles being his team. That’s when you have someone that can become a problem. Last year Vick accepted his “demotion” with grace. I have no character concerns with him. My worry with Vick…turnovers. He can say what he wants as long as he holds onto the ball and throws it only to the guys in green.
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I still don’t believe Geno Smith will be an Eagle. I just don’t think Chip will see him as a QB to draft early and build around.
I hope the Eagles avoid EJ Manuel, but I cannot say with any confidence that the Eagles don’t like him. They very well might.
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Pat Summerall died the other day.
This was very sad for me to hear. Football was my third love growing up. I was evenly split between the NBA and MLB. I worshiped Dr. J and the Sixers. I was a huge Orioles fan. As the 80’s started I began to watch more of the NFL and CBS broadcast team of Summerall and John Madden became the foundation for my Sundays.
I grew up in NC. There was no NFL team here. We got the game of the week, which means we got Madden and Summerall. And that was truly a blessing. Summerall was a former player. He didn’t go to school to learn how to do games. He was just himself. That gave him a smooth, natural style. Madden was himself too, and that was completely different. Summerall was the set-up man and Madden was the comedian.
I know many of you think of Madden and the way he was the last 10 years. That was forced and awkward at times. He was very different back in the old days. Madden was fresh. He would say and do strange things because they felt right, not because they were part of his act and some producer wanted him to say them.
I wouldn’t be nearly the football fan that I am today without Summerall and Madden. Not only did they entertain me, they taught me the game of football. Madden had all sorts of wisdom to share. Summerall would offer his bits too, but his real value was in asking the right questions to Madden and keeping the conversation going. Kids today list to Buck and Aikman. Ugh. How the heck is that duo supposed to entertain or enlighten anyone?
One of my favorite Summerall things is that he would use the phrase “safety-men”. He would run through the front seven of the Eagles and then say that Wes Hopkins and Andre Waters were the safety men. I loved that. So cool.
Thank you Pat, for being a great broadcaster and helping me to love the game of football.