What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Here’s this week’s roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com says take the over on 7 wins for the Birds:

I’m probably too high on Chip Kelly’s offense. Or am I …? This isn’t going to be some funky read-option based offense, it’s going to be, I think, a high-tempo offense that maximizes snaps and utilizes the trio of Michael Vick/DeSean Jackson/Jeremy Maclin to take shot plays down the field. With Jason Peters back and Lane Johnson in the fold the offensive line should be much better and I thought additions like Bradley Fletcher, Connor Barwin, Kenny Phillips and Cary Williams were smart, under-the-radar moves on defense. Maybe I’m too high on the Eagles, but I expect impressive things from Kelly’s first season, particularly if they come out firing against a stacked early-season schedule.

Chris Burke of SI.com writes that it doesn’t really matter how Chip Kelly is splitting up practice reps with his QBs right now:

Vick remains the favorite to claim the job for the start of the season, his athleticism giving him a leg up over either Foles or Barkley in Kelly’s system. (And that’s with the understanding that Kelly will adjust his offensive game plan both for the NFL and for his QB.) He has 96 more career starts under his belt than Foles, too.

Though Vick’s injury-plagued 2012 season helped the Eagles’ shocking collapse, the silver lining in it may turn out to be the playing time Foles received. The third-round pick started six games during his rookie season, sporadically showing glimmers of brilliance.

Field Yates of ESPN.com says Bryce Brown is one of 10 players (league-wide) who will benefit from a scheme change:

Make no mistake about it, LeSean McCoy is the lead back in Philadelphia, but the tempo of Chip Kelly’s offense turns into more snaps than one running back can handle. Brown showed signs of stardom in relief duty in 2012, and he should have an opportunity to be a more consistent second backfield threat (assuming he can hang on to the ball). Kelly’s offenses at Oregon overwhelmed with their speed in the running game; the Eagles will look to do the same.

Donovan McNabb chimes in on Robert Griffin III criticism, via CBSSports.com:

“It’s sad to say, but he is an easy target,” McNabb said. “It’s easy for people to go in on him with the way he carries himself and the way he talks. Unfortunately, it is similar in that way to me. We both grew up with good parents, military families, that taught us how to carry ourselves, and speak well. We got our education. He’s an educated brother who can play this game called football and people come at him sideways and talk so much about his athletic ability and speed. How about we talk about how smart he is? How about we talk about the kind of kid he seems to be?”

Based on his four-pronged system (quarterbacks, pass-rushers, corners and left tackles), Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles tied for 29th in the league. Prisco has Michael Vick ranked 21st, Connor Barwin 28th, Cary Williams 25th and Jason Peters 19th in their respective categories.

Randall Cunningham’s son, Randall Cunningham II (or RC2, as Baylor coaches are calling him) is generating a lot of recruiting buzz, writes Dave Miller of the National Football Post:

And to say RC2 is athletic is an understatement.

He has been clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a mark of 7 feet, 2 inches in the high jump. He will likely participate in track and football at the next level and has dreams of competing in the Olympics.

Dan Graziano of ESPN.com writes about the new contraptions Kelly is using to simulate a pass rush:

Makes sense. As often as Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been criticized for his inability to throw over the line because of his height, the fact is there’s no quarterback tall enough to see or throw over the tallest of linemen when they have their hands up, so everyone has to throw through lanes. Why not practice it whenever possible?

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  • Brent E. Sulecki

    4.6 40 and the kid wants to run in the Olympics? last time I checked that would make Riley Cooper and Jason Avant Olympic runners then

    • Philly0312

      He had the highest high jump for a high schooler in the nation this year – so I’m not sure if he meant for the high jump or for sprinting – but guessing high jump.

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        wow that pretty good then. hope the kid does well.

    • theycallmerob

      News fIash: I believe there are other sports in the olympics. He should medal in trampoline with skills like that

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        what would I do without you. ever the informant

        • the midatlantic

          informant? whatttt

          • Richard Colton

            a licky boom boom down

          • Brent E. Sulecki

            haha

          • theycallmerob

            great, back to witness protection. Soon, I’ll switch to theycallmelarry

    • Wedgetail

      He jumps 7’2 in high school and 8′ will get you a gold medal. Why run?

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Pete Prisco is a hack, but then again that’s not really news.

  • jabostick

    Anything that puts us at odds with Prisco is fine with me.

  • Nick

    CBSsports.com is the worst. Would anyone else prefer that their links don’t even get posted? They just make me mad. Today’s articles: “Look how poorly I can construct a sentence!”, “McNabb doesn’t doesn’t like that people are mean to black quarterbacks!”, and “The Cowboys are likely to win the Super Bowl because they have Demarcus Ware!”. Do they ever give this site traffic? Would there be any disadvantage to cutting them out of the link rundowns?

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    As usual McNabb is living his own truth. Every time I hear people talk about RG3 they always say he’s smart AND athletic. Once again, McNabb is creating a narrow narrative that has nothing to do with reality.

    • borntosuffer

      Yes, sadly, Donovan only hears critics – consistent with his time in Philly.

      • Warhound

        I think it’s sad that he calls Robert Griffin an educated brother – how about an educated man? Oh, and only Kings and Popes get numbers after their names. OK, if Randall ends up an Eagle he’d be the 2nd Eagles QB with the same name so the two becomes needed to distinguish between them. Robert Griffin is just Robert Griffin (griffen?). We shouldn’t call him “the 3rd” simply because his father and grandfather both had egos that dwarfed their imaginations.

        • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

          I think RG3 has a good ring to it, but if I’m going long hand I call him Bob Griff.

          • Warhound

            Yeah, I get that it sounds cool – I’m pissing in the wind……
            - OK -
            How about this – Sports Writers: It’s the Eagles home stadium. Please, only reference it’s corporate name if said corporate entity paid your paper for the advertising.

          • Richard Colton

            Remember when they tried to strong-arm the local writers into not using the abbreviation “Linc” because it was (exact quote) “disrespectful to Abraham Lincoln?”

          • Warhound

            Missed that…

  • nicksaenz1

    Good ol’ Pete Prisco, up to his shenanigans again.

  • cliff henny

    wow, imagine if a white guy said what mcnabb said. loved 5 on the field, but he just cant help himself. last 2 lines are so donovan, how about we talk about…um, don, we are, you are the one bringing race into the conversation. the only criticism i’ve heard of rg3 is he needs to protect himself better.

    • eaglepete

      Racial lines exist and should be talked about. I agree he makes it about himself but in all fairness, he is coming from a similar place and theres nothing wrong or self serving for mentioning that. People just love to kill McNabb look no further than a few comments down. Gotta love how white people throw reverse racism around, what total nonsense. Its a false equivalence to say “what if a white person said that”, theres a reason other races bring these issues up, figure it out (not you, just in general). Nothing ever wrong with discussing race. I guess I can agree however that he is making more of what little criticism there is of RG3. I dont hear a lot anyway, and the ole hes “athletic” comments are an interesting topic, not sure RG3 is the guy that really brings that to the forefront.

      • cliff henny

        race is one thing, no issue there. he isnt discussing economics or social differences but ‘good parents’ ‘carry ourselves’ and ‘speak well’, that’s insulting rheteric, and to me, am white, would insult me if i were black. rob parker got blasted at espn for calling rg3 a cornball brother. really dont see where mcnabb isnt saying darn near same thing, except he’s implying white people by tossing ‘brother’ in there.
        .
        also, maybe greatest comic ever, chris rock, made funniest joke about how white people talk about colin powell. he’s so articulate, he speaks so well…how do you want him to talk, you racist m’f'rs…i’m gonna drop me some bombs? so yes, the messenger does have alot to do with it.

        • Dominik

          I googled the joke (didn’t know the bit) and found it here:

          Great one, like you would expect it from Chris Rock.

          • Warhound

            The great – and, now deceased, humorist Patrice O’Neal (big black comic from Boston who people constantly underestimated: his intellect was huge) suggested (really from a radio conversation) that if you have a list of ten things in society where Blacks see racism and then Whites are shown the list….hmmm… well uh yes we see racism in these six but not the other four….hmmm…OK the other four? Probably split down the middle. Meaning: hey fellow Whiteys in two of those other four – their is Racism! Hey Black guy: in the other two their is not!

        • Michael Winter Cho

          I’d welcome the “Dovovan is playing the race card again” folks to check out this website. If you don’t get it, that’s a problem.

          http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/

        • Warhound

          Consider the pilot portrayed by Will Smith in Independence Day. I’ve met black Marine Corps pilots, they spoke like any other military pilots; they did not speak like the Will Smith character. Just one example.

      • Warhound

        I agree. However I must say that reverse racism doesn’t exist – it’s just racism. Which, btw, is frequently confused with prejudice and bias and bigotry – they aren’t the same thing. Having concrete definitions for these terms would help to advance the discussion.

  • Andy124

    Ok, we can stop the quarterback competition, Will Brinson already knows who’s starting. Thank god for him.
    Also, totally agree with the others about McNabb’s silliness. I really want to like him post-football, but so much of what he says makes it really hard.

  • Guy LeDouche

    Love how 5 makes the article about himself as much as RG3.

  • Richard Colton

    RE: Prisco’s article. It’s an interesting fodder-for-discussion piece. He has Vick as 21st best QB. Peters as 19th best LT, Williams 25th top cornerback, and Barwin the 28th best pass rusher.

    I see us skyrocketing up the LT column, between Peters and eventually Lane Johnson. Graham (I expect) will supplant Barwin as the team’s best past rusher. And hey, isn’t there at least a puncher’s chance that Barkley wins the job and Bradys his way to “elite” status? So that could be 3/4 in the top tier. Not bad for year one under Kelly.

    • theycallmerob

      hahaha, I love that the 4th in your equation is still Williams at CB. I hope he gets supplanted sooner than later

      • Richard Colton

        Yeah. Not holding out hope for stardom. Maybe Fletcher and Williams can be 1) above average and 2) physical. That would have me doing backflips.

    • cliff henny

      all for glass half full, but barkley brady’ing his way to elite is more homer’ish than rosey colored glasses to me.

      • Richard Colton

        I know. Puncher’s chance. 5% – won’t you at least give him that?

        • cliff henny

          cant tell is that 5% or .5%?…no and yes

          • Andy124

            It’s 5%, and I’d say that’s pretty fair assuming we’re talking about regular elite, and not Brady-elite, which is just another level imo.

          • cliff henny

            5% is 1/20 to becoming elite. not even sure his odds of winning eagles qb comp is 5%. but hey, no one’s more willing to drink coolaid than me, i prefer cherry flavored while you are passing it out.

          • Andy124

            Wait, are we talking about just this year, or his career? If we’re talking about becoming elite this year, I’d even call .5% a kool-aid number.

          • Richard Colton

            career. I don’t expect LJ to take over LT this year either.

          • cliff henny

            was just poking fun at RC. dont know what the odds are, but it’s low, probably alot lower than 5% that barkely can even reach a flacco level, let alone rodgers or brady level. fact is, he has a chance, he’s on the team, he’s getting a look. so yeah, has a puncher’s chance.