Eagles Preseason Talk with 3DPhillySports.com!
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Ok so the Eagles have the Panthers tonight and it looks like the starters are getting the whole first half. I’m thinking I’ll keep a bucket next to me for when the defense walks onto the field. Thoughts?
I’m hoping for an improved defensive effort from the first team. Earl Wolff and Boykin will make a statement in the secondary. Oh ya Kurt Coleman isn’t good.
Is the defense aware that unlike the practices Chip Kelly is running, that its okay to tackle during these games? Oh well, I’m assuming (hoping) they’ll come around.
Does he know the 3-4 fronts better than Graham and Cole? Yes. But regardless of pre-snap positioning, I just don’t have as much faith in Barwin’s raw ability to get to the Q as I do in those two. So if none of those three end up making any plays, OLB may just end up the weakest spot on the roster. Yes, even weaker than the secondary.
Despite their beastly (on paper) front seven, Carolina’s secondary is still more-or-less crap. So I’ll optimistically go with 0.
That’s what makes this tough for me. I feel like Foles is worse than Vick as a player right now but since this year doesn’t mean much Foles might as well start so we can see what he’s worth. Otherwise we’ve got two pretty unknown commodities in Foles and Barkley next year.
I disagree. IF Vick is better right now, then you start him for at least a few weeks until you figure out if the team will be competitive or not. If you pick Foles as the week one starter, aren’t you pretty much cutting bait on the entire season before it starts? You can always see what Foles is worth after the division is out of reach because Foles will stay on the roster regardless. I don’t know if you can get away with stashing Vick on the bench if the team is in the mix.
The premise for my “mailing in the season” comment only applies IF Vick is the better player. Like I said, if Foles starts week one you can bet Foles is better right now. If Vick is better, there’s no reason to start Foles unless and until the Eagles fall out of contention. Starting the immediately worse player just ‘to see what he has’ would most certainly constitute mailing it in.
This is why the QB situation here is getting such scrutiny, because you really have to think that if they thought Foles was the franchise QB going forward, they wouldn’t have brought Vick back in the offseason. They had every excuse to just cut him and let him go sign another deal elsewhere (possibly for more $$).
What makes it odd is that bringing in Vick made sense for everyone. Vick doesn’t have to move, gets a chance to start in a system that will use his skill set, and has quality players around him. For Chip he has a veteran QB that didn’t hurt the team financially to sign, has respect in the locker room, and could make his NFL transition easier.
Haha oh yea, Matt Leinart is one of the bigger jokes in the past decade I think.
Shoot, if we’re guessing who will be the week 8 starter, I’d need a 3-sided coin.
While I think it’s improbable that that Barkley will win the job outright, if things break a certain way (like, 2-6 or worse) he could find his way onto the field at midseason.