There has been progress in the coverage of the Eagles QB competition.
Check out this video from the NFL Network. Willie McGinest shoots down the idea that Mike Vick is the “clear front-runner” for the QB job. McGinest talks about the fact that Nick Foles and Vick are having a real battle. But later in the segment McGinest says he still thinks Vick will win. I have no problem with that conclusion, but the way he says it feels almost like “This competition is legit (wink-wink)”.
Warren Sapp definitely thinks Vick will win. As Sapp points out, he used to have to chase Vick around and that was tough. The irony of Sapp’s comment is totally lost on him. He’s been out of the game since the end of the 2007 season. The last time he chased Vick around…December 2004. Yeah, not much has changed since then.
I guess I should be happy that they at least acknowledge there is a competition.
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DeSean Jackson went on ESPN’s First Take and talked about the Eagles. DeSean admitted that there might have been a bit more to his benching that we first heard. DeSean talked about the fact that in the past he was purely the Z-receiver. In Kelly’s offense, he has to play a variety of spots. We had heard this already, but DeSean made it sound as if this was more of a problem than previously reported.
DeSean makes a comment about going to see Kelly and saying that he’s an established player and Pro Bowl receiver. I’m sure that went over like a lead balloon. It is the very thing that Kelly detests. Your past is irrelevant if you aren’t doing your job well today. The good news is that it sounds like DeSean and Kelly did get on the same page.
When pressed for his opinion on the QB job, DeSean said he thinks Vick will win. One of the reason’s he cited was Vick’s confidence. I don’t recall Kelly placing an emphasis on confidence in any of his coaching clinic lectures or interviews.
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Jeff McLane wrote about Kelly and his thoughts on pre-snap reads, something that is important.
“It’s huge understanding what the defense is doing, conceptually what we’re trying to get accomplished,” Kelly said last month. “There are certain run plays we can run versus any look, so the pre-snap read isn’t that important.
“But there are certain things – some in the run game and a lot in the pass game – where you need to understand what you’re going against.”
Vick has been erratic in this area. Against Dallas, he’s done well with pre-snap reads. There have been other games where he looked lost. The Vikings game in 2010 was bad. It seemed like Vick was constantly confused by the fact Antoine Winfield was blitzing over and over.
While Vick isn’t great in this area, he is the most experienced of the QBs. That does give him an advantage. Foles and Barkley are young guys that have a lot to learn in every facet of the game.
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Finally…back to DeSean. Check out his new video. NSFW.
Football angles aside…do you like it? I’m not a rap guy so a song has to really jump out at me for me to like it. This song didn’t grab me.