The Eagles-Pats practices came to a conclusion today. Sounds like a very uneventful day.
Check out Jimmy Bama’s notes. Or should I say Jimmy Favre’s notes. Read and you will understand.
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I’ll write a game preview tomorrow so I’m not gonna comment on playing time and depth chart stuff here.
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Why shouldn’t the Eagles go with DeSean Jackson and Damaris Johnson as the starting WRs? Think of Chip Kelly’s words…big people beat up little people. The Run ‘n Shoot featured lots of small WRs. When it worked well, it was great. But it also struggled, especially in certain situations. Small WRs had problems in the Red Zone. They also weren’t ideal blockers.
You could substitute in the RZ and get a bigger player in the lineup. When trying to protect a lead and running the ball a lot, you could also use bigger players. That sounds great, but you do tip your hat when switching personnel. Ideally, you’d love to use base personnel on offense as much as possible so the defense could not get an idea of what was coming.
The other X-factor here is that there are those key plays in a game where size is crucial. Think about Anquan Boldin’s huge 3rd down catch in the Super Bowl. No way DeSean or Damaris makes that grab.
Having a small WR on the field is fine. Having a couple of small guys on from time to time is fine, but I don’t think you’d want to go small for the majority of plays in a game.
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Preseason games are underway. I’ll be checking out WRs, DBs and LBs.
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Thanks for the feedback on the site. You guys made some excellent suggestions. I’ll be looking into them.
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I was reading Twitter today and saw “Kelly had back surgery”. I immediately thought “Wow, Chip Kelly is tough. The dude had back surgery and never missed a day of practice.” I was truly in awe of him. Until I found out it was actually Dennis Kelly. Oops.
Hate to see Dennis out for the rest of the preseason. He had a chance to show what he could do at RT and might have even gotten some looks at LT. I think Kelly is best suited for the right side, though. I don’t anticipate him getting cut because of this, but the injury does hurt his situation. Would have been good if he could have had the surgery last week so he might have gotten back for the preseason finale.
Kelly showed last year that he could be a functional RT, but that was in Andy Reid’s system. The new staff needed to see him in their system to really feel comfortable with him.
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How realistic is it for Chris Polk to steal the #2 RB job from Bryce Brown? Very realistic.
Brown is more talented. There is no disputing that. But football isn’t about talent. Football is about performance. Brown hasn’t been bad this summer, but he’s also not taken a step forward from last year. He’s dropping passes. He’s bouncing too many runs outside. There has been the occasional fumble.
Polk, on the other hand, has looked very good almost every day. He finds a way to impress. Polk is playing with purpose. He didn’t get any touches last year and he’s desperate not to just make the team, but to be part of the offense. Brown isn’t as hungry. He did get touches last year and had some big time success.
Since his 2 “Bo Jackson” games, Brown has 40 carries for 76 yards. I don’t know if Brown got complacent or it was just circumstances, but that’s a huge drop-off. Brown did face really good defenses in 2 of those games. He also went from unknown rookie to a guy with a bullseye on him.
No one is giving Bryce Brown anything. He can win the #2 RB job (he should), but Polk is pushing him in a big way. This is exactly why Chip Kelly pushes competition so much. It tells you a lot about how people respond to pressure and which guys have not just talent, but the competitive streak that it takes to succeed in the NFL.
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Another word on the QB competition. One reader complained that I am totally biased for Foles.
I have said over and over that I want good QB play. I don’t care who it is.
I do think that it would be much more convenient for Foles to win the job. He’s younger and could be part of the future. Vick will be 34 next summer. If he’s great this year, do you re-sign him? What do you do?
The one thing that I think leads some people to think I’m anti-Vick is that I’m critical of some of his national supporters. This is where you have to read carefully. I think too many people are getting caught up in his past and his big name. I go after them for what I consider to be lazy reporting. That’s not anti-Vick.
What happened when we signed RB Felix Jones? We all figured he would beat out Chris Polk for the #3 RB spot. Polk was a guy who did little as a rookie. Felix was an explosive runner just a few years back. Could Polk really beat out Felix? The guy we remember from his early years in Dallas is gone. Felix is now struggling to beat out Matt Tucker for the #4 RB spot.
Same principle as Vick/Foles. People remember Vick the star and compare that to Foles highlights. There is no comparison. Vick dominates that discussion. The thing Chip Kelly has done is pretend that Vick and Foles didn’t exist before March. He’s not judging them on the past, but rather what he sees every single day. He sees Vick hit the fly-swatters. He sees Vick hold the ball too long. He sees Foles underthrow receivers down the field. He sees Foles struggle when running the ball.
Kelly sees plenty of good from both players as well. He is open to starting either one. The key is for one of them to separate in the next couple of weeks.
I don’t know why so many national writers struggle to accept this concept. If the competition was strictly about physical talent, it would have been over on Day 1 or Day 2. Even Nick Foles and his parents would agree with that.
The competition is about much more than just physical talent. There is a reason the offense functioned better with Foles last year. How many of the national writers even know that?
I cheered for Michael Vick when he almost led Va Tech to an upset over Florida State in the national title game. I cheered for him when the Falcons beat the Packers in the 2002 playoffs. I gushed over many of the things he did in 2010. I cheered for him the last 2 years, even though his performances became very erratic.
I think Michael Vick is the most physically gifted QB in the history of football. I think he is one of the toughest players I have ever seen.
But all that goes out the window when we talk about 2013. Starting Friday night he can prove that he deserves the job or he can lose it to Nick Foles. I do not care who wins. I just want a team that scores points and doesn’t turn the ball over. Heck, if they both suck, we’ll all jump on the Matt Barkley bandwagon. There is no loyalty to anyone here. None of these guys have done anything to deserve it yet.
Let’s hope that changes on Friday night.
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I have no problems with you guys speaking up if you think I’m biased about some issue or that I’m wrong. Feel free to speak your mind and I’ll let you know where I’m coming from and what I’m thinking. I will even admit to being wrong once every 37 days. My most recent error was clearly thinking that Felix Jones had a good chance to be the #3 RB.
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Enough of my yapping. Here is Les Bowen with his update on the QB situation.