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District Attorney John Morganelli confirmed today that Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was in possession of steroids when he died on Aug. 5.
Michael Vick has finally been cleared by an independent neurologist after suffering a concussion on November 11 against the Cowboys, and is expected to participate in the Eagles’ light practice Monday morning. It could be an interesting day at the NovaCare Complex, as we may just get to hear what’s going through the quarterback’s mind after losing the starting gig to Nick Foles.
Vick’s short-term future is a bit fuzzy. We know that Foles will start the remaining two games barring injury, but Andy Reid would not even commit to the one-time franchise quarterback being the primary backup the rest of the way. Or even active.
Some notes from Andy Reid‘s day-after press conference:
— On the injury front: Brandon Hughes has a lung contusion and was hospitalized overnight Thursday and released Friday morning.
“He got sandwiched out there,” said Reid. “He left here and it was hard to tell what his symptoms were so we kept him here for a long period of time and then send him home. He coughed up blood and so they were able to get him to the hospital and they kept him overnight for observation, and everything checked out OK.”
LeSean McCoy has yet to see an independent neurologist as he recovers from a concussion. He will likely visit the doctor on Tuesday. Brent Celek (concussion) has passed all the concussion testing, according to Reid. Evan Mathis is dealing with ankle inflammation. Clay Harbor has a low back contusion but should be OK. Stanley Havili has a hamstring strain. Kurt Coleman (chest) and Chris Polk (toe) should be ready to go.
The Bengals’ decision to pass on fourth down late in the game Thursday night rubbed some Eagles the wrong way.
Up 34-13 and facing a 4th-and-5 from the Eagles’ six-yard line with about four minutes to play, Cincinnati opted not to kick a field goal and instead dialed up a passing play. Andy Dalton‘s toss intended for Jermaine Gresham fell incomplete.
“We were really pissed off about that,” said Nnamdi Asomugha. “To go for it on fourth down and throw the ball…We were jawing back and forth, our players with their players. We were wondering where that came from with the game being over like that.”
The drought lasted 22 quarters.
From the third quarter of the Saints game on November 5 to the second quarter against the Bengals 37 days later, the Eagles went without a single turnover.
Brandon Graham was the last member of the defense to generate one –jarring the ball loose from Drew Brees in the second half in New Orleans – and was the one who brought the slump mercifully to an end Thursday.
Nick Foles was asked during his postgame press conference what he felt the biggest difference was between his performance on Thursday night compared to Sunday’s outing against the Bucs.
“We lost,” he said. “That’s it.”
But it isn’t.
We are learning that Foles prefers to talk about the overall good of the team rather than focusing on himself. Meanwhile, the public is focusing on him because, well, they are also interested in the overall good of the team and want to know if he is capable of leading the charge back to sound health.
His play against the Bengals was less than ideal. The rookie went 16-of-33 for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a 62.9 quarterback rating. He was also credited with a lost fumble. It is a step back from his stellar game in Tampa, which led Jeremy Maclin to say: “You guys are seeing Nick Foles grow into a phenomenal quarterback right in front of your eyes.”
Three weeks from today, Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks will take on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
And not long after that, we’ll find out if Kelly’s ready to make the leap to the NFL.
We’ve written about Kelly often in this space (don’t forget to check out our special Coaching Buzz section), but recently, a couple guys with unique perspectives offered thoughts on whether he would be successful at the next level.
A lot of love for Nick Foles, plus a look at an early mock draft. Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
The focus may be on the wrong Gruden.
While plenty of fans are clamoring for the more famous brother, Jon, to climb down from the broadcast booth to take over the Eagles in 2013, the chances of that becoming a reality are slim. But hiring his younger brother, Jay, just might make some sense.
From Jon Gruden to Nick Saban to Josh McDaniels, here’s the latest coaching buzz around the NFL.
For the past eight weeks, the routine was pretty much the same.
The Eagles players would file into the locker room one-by-one, shoulders slumped, faces pale. Silence, except for the occasional expletive-filled roar followed by the sound of a piece of equipment crashing off the floor and echoing down the hall.
As rookie tackle Dennis Kelly put it, there were no “movie-quality quotes” out of Nick Foles in the final moments against the Bucs Sunday. He did not grab a facemask or launch into any inspirational speeches. Yet Andy Reid said afterwards that Foles was able to rally his teammates down the stretch and made everyone play better.
How did he do it?
With the game on the line and two seconds on the clock, it was Nick Foles who decided what play to run, Andy Reid said following the Eagles’ 23-21 victory over the Bucs.
“He wanted that last play,” Reid said. “That’s a play that he wanted. I’m talking about the last play of the game. He called it. He wanted it, and he executed it. He did a great job with it so hats off to him.”