Peter King of The MMQB is expecting big things out of the Eagles this year.
Peter King was in Philadelphia over the weekend as part of his training camp travels for Monday Morning Quarterback. He sat down with Chip Kelly while he was in town, and called his time with the head coach “the most impressive 20 minutes I spent in Week 1 on the Training Camp Tour.”
Some highlights of their conversation: Read more »
Kelly’s notes and observations turned into the lead for his Monday Morning Quarterback column on TheMMQB.com:
My simplest question to Kelly, back inside the NovaCare Complex after practice: “Why run it this way?’’
The Eagles imported Kelly from Oregon in January, and he quickly began to change things all over the facility, and in the locker room. His reign, I believe, will be the most interesting college-to-pro transition since Jimmy Johnson went from the University of Miami to Dallas in 1989. Lots of new thoughts from Johnson then, and from Kelly now.
King also chimed in on the Riley Cooper situation and discovered that Kelly sought Tony Dungy for guidance on how to handle it. Dungy’s son, Eric, played for Kelly and is still at Oregon.
“I told him to trust his instincts,’’ Dungy said Sunday night, reached in Canton before working the Dallas-Miami preseason game for NBC. “He can use this as a teaching moment, and his decision could pull this team together.’’
Three years ago, Dungy recalled Sunday night, “Chip could have kicked [LeGarrette] Blount to the curb. He chose to believe in him. And it worked out. With Riley Cooper, this kid made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. The big issue, too, is the alcohol. That has to be dealt with. But Chip will make the right decision. He doesn’t care what the popular opinion. He cares about what’s right.”
Tim linked to this in the morning, but King Tweeted that he would not be shocked if the Eagles ended up being one of the league’s surprise team:
RT @Randyljobst: Would it shock you to see this team win 10 games this year? … Not at all.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 4, 2013
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Peter King had some interesting things to say about the Eagles during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic Wednesday, including his thoughts on Andy Reid‘s job security and potentially pulling the plug on the Michael Vick era.
King, much like the coach’s agent, doesn’t see Reid going anywhere barring a major collapse.
“I think unless they have a disastrous season, or a 6-10 season and Foles comes in and looks bad, I’d be surprised if they fired Andy almost no matter what happens,” said King.
Reid has just one more year remaining on his contract. Jeffrey Lurie will be asked all about this situation when he meets with reporters Thursday for his annual State of the Team address.
As for the fate of Vick….
“I think especially if Vick goes down and they have to play 10 games or whatever with Nick Foles, I think at some point you have to say, ‘Look, this grand experiment with Vick, we’ve got to rethink that, and we have to think about doing something else at quarterback,'” said King.
The dean of NFL sports writers gave his opinion on Foles as well.
“What really impressed me with Foles when I saw him last week against Cleveland: There was the rollout pass where he held it, held it, held it, and finally at the last second found Brent Celek, that’s an NFL play right there,” said King. “Foles looks to me significantly more composed and more ready to play than you think a third-rounder should be.”
WHAT YOU MISSED
Sheil took a final stab at projecting the 53-man roster. He is holding firm to 11 defensive linemen making the cut. Maybe he’s right. What he’s not right about is the punter situation, as Mat McBriar is on the verge of being cut, according to his agent.
As Friday’s final cuts move closer, some of the biggest intrigue surrounds the quarterback puzzle. Here’s a case for why Trent Edwards now has an edge over Mike Kafka to secure the No. 3 position.
Good news: A CEO has guaranteed that Vick will not get injured this season. We can all breathe easy now.
At Brian Westbrook‘s retirement press conference, we heard the story of an unusual workout that helped sell the Eagles on the Villanova back.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Kerry Byrne over at SI.com gave statististical storylines that each team in the NFL will have to fight against. Here’s what he had to say about Reid’s group.
The Eagles are a pretty easy team to decipher: they’ll succeed if Vick stays healthy. They’ll fail if he’s injured. That knowledge certainly must keep Eagles fans up at night.
The fragile Vick has played just one full season in his entire career, back in 2006. He missed five games for the Eagles in 2010, and three more last year. The Eagles are 15-9 when he starts and 3-5 when he does not.
Dan Graziano has a breakdown of the Giants’ preseason finale against the Patriots. Hakeem Nicks got some work and had one catch for six yards in limited action.
Vick offers a review of “Madden 13.” With a rating of 89 out of 100, he believes he’s underrated.
The Eagles wrap up preseason play with a 6:30 home tilt against the Jets. Foles will get the start and Edwards will play the final three quarters. Lurie will give his annual address at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.