Marty Mornhinweg

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Mornhinweg May Be Gambling More Than Ever With Solid ‘D’

Some subscribe to the NFL philosophy that if your defense is dominant, your offensive approach should be more on the conservative side.  Marty Mornhinweg is decidedly not among them.

“Now why would you ever do that?” an animated Mornhinweg asked.

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Twitter Mailbag: Marty, Vick And A Sunday Pick

Every Thursday we select a few of your Twitter questions and provide the long-form answers they deserve. For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

Let’s start with 97.5 The Fanatic Phillies beat reporter Pat Gallen, who is demonstrating his multitasking skills by both documenting the Phils’ improbable rise from the ashes and submitting Eagles questions for the mailbag at the same time.

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Vick Would Like To See More Balanced Play-Calling

Andy Reid on Wednesday was asked to clear up a gray area when it comes to this Eagles offense. Once and for all, who is calling the plays?

Marty [Mornhinweg] does,” said Reid. “He does a good with that. The thing we have is have great communication during the game. We keep things wide open.”

There you go. If you are looking to assign blame for the decision to throw the ball 56 times against the Browns, the offensive coordinator owns a good chunk of that.

Michael Vick was asked about the aerial show on Sunday, and whether he prefers it that way or would like the running backs to carry more of the load.

“I think we could balance it out a little bit,” said Vick.

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Michael Vick And the Art Of Pocket Passing

 All six of the notable injuries that Michael Vick has sustained since the beginning of last season have come in the pocket. The broken ribs against the Cardinals; the bruised hand against the Giants; the concussion against the Falcons; the finger injury against the 49ers; and the thumb and rib injuries this preseason all happened inside the numbers.

It is the main counterpoint to those suggesting Vick is being reckless. His high-wire stylings in the open field is not the issue. All the knockout blows have come from traditional play.

Missed in this debate is the fact that it is Vick’s game within the pocket that has proven reckless. It is the movements within the cage that are deciding success or failure, big hit or safe escape, smooth connect or batted ball. It was his response to pressure that helped put him in the sights of the Patriots’ Jermaine Cunningham, and led to his hand banging off the back of Jason Kelce‘s helmet.

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Finding a Role For Harbor

Philadelphia Eagles TE Clay Harbor.About an hour after many of the other Eagles players had headed inside, tight end Clay Harbor finally strolled off the field at Lehigh.

He had finished the special-teams portion of practice and went through his usual routine afterwards.

“Get at least 50 catches in,” Harbor said. “I try to walk through some of the routes I know I’m going to see in the later practice. Just get used to catching the ball coming out of those breaks. It really helps a lot. Building habits, seeing the same ball over and over again, it just becomes second nature and you don’t even think about it anymore.”

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Mornhinweg: Players Rallying For Andy

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.Marty Mornhinweg never has a reason to walk over to the field where the defense practices.

As the Eagles assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, his job is to work with Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the rest of the team’s talented playmakers.

But for obvious reasons, this morning was different.