Paul Domowitch had a piece up where he reported that the Eagles are still shopping Michael Vick. Domo said that he's heard the team doesn't trust Vick as the backup QB. Andy Reid sees him as a role player. Rather than adding a rookie to the mix with Vick and Kevin Kolb the team will pursue a veteran QB. Domo mentions Marc Bulger as a potential target. That's probably just speculation.
I cannot confirm or deny this report. I haven't heard anything about Vick in the last few weeks. I can only speculate on the situation. Frankly, I'm not sure what to think. Vick absolutely didn't show me enough to be a full-time starter in 2010. That's why teams didn't want to deal for him. The Eagles wanted compensation for a starter and no team in the NFL is ready to turn their offense over to Vick right now.
Vick did get better as the season wore on. I became comfortable with him as a role player and backup. I'd be fine with him as the backup in theory, but I would not feel good with him taking over if Kolb got hurt and was going to miss several games. Mike was 6 of 13 as a passer last year. He'll have a full offseason, but I just don't know if he'll be ready to man the helm of a passing offense.
The Eagles could deal him for a later pick and then take a QB in the draft. Obviously we'd have to add a veteran as well. There are not great options. Jeff Garcia comes to mind. Bulger isn't real appealing to me. We could trade for Tyler Thigpen. He's a player we had interest in a few drafts ago.
As for the draft class...there are no great options. There are several guys I'm interested in, but they each have major flaws. I would not be comfortable relying on any of these players any time soon. There has been talk linking us to Tim Tebow. There are a couple of things to consider. First, there is the real possibility that Big Red likes him. Tebow could replace Vick as the Wildcat QB. He could be an offensive gimmick for us to use (you know, instead of running normal plays like the rest of the NFL world). We could try to develop Tebow to deal him in a couple of years for a king's ransom.
I'm hoping that the Eagles are floating the Tebow stories so that they can convince teams in the late 1st or early 2nd to trade up for him. We may not have great options at 24, depending on how things break. There could be several offensive targets, but limited choices on defense. If so, trading back would be ideal.
Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles dealt McNabb to WAS in order to keep the Skins from drafting QB Sam Bradford. I'm calling BS. Bradford is likely going first overall to the Rams. How exactly is McNabb stopping that? My guess is that someone with the Eagles leaked this rumor to ease the backlash from trading a star QB within the division. A for effort and creativity. F for logic.
RE: Kyle Wilson and Pass Int?
He is an aggressive CB. A lot of college guys develop bad habits regarding contact. In college ball you can do anything you want to a receiver until the ball is in the air. I see lots of DBs that have to learn to play hands off.
RE: Richard Marshall
He would likely be a 2nd round player. I do think he's a solid fit for us. Check out his tackle numbers. Real aggressive run defender. Makes his share of plays. Comfortable in Cover 2 or Man. The Panthers played mostly Cover 2 last year. They may feel like he's expendable because they need front seven guys and can plug in a young corner to their system.
RE: McNabb to Redskins means a loss or 2 for us?
Let's save this discussion for after the draft. We need to talk at length on this. Please bring the question up when I can really get into it. Good subject for debate.
RE: Donovan Warren
Mid to late round guy. I never thought he was great. Underclassmen should only come out when they had a great year or are just ready for the NFL. He doesn't fit either category. I doubt he's on the Eagles draft board.
RE: big backs a decoy?
Very possible. Reid mixes in some wicked curveballs. However, I think the interest is legit. McCoy is 210 or so, but sure doesn't run like a physical back. He's a slasher. We could use a N-S guy who runs behind his pads and packs a wallop.
RE: Taylor Mays - high character?
Mays has never been in trouble. Good, clean kid. However, I don't know that I'd call him a high-character football player. Those guys are willing to do anything to win. Anything. Mays is a showboat type. I"m reminded of an exchange from the underrated Less Than Zero. "You don't look happy." "But do I look good?" I grew up watching punishers like Wes Hopkins, Andre Waters, Ronnie Lott, and Kenny Easley. The last thing I want is a FS that likes to look in the mirror and admire his body. Give me the guy who is eating a bowl of nails while sipping battery acid to make sure he's in a bad mood for the game.
Back to the point of Mays & the Eagles...I haven't heard if they like him or not. They very well could. He's not my cup of tea, but we don't yet know what Sean McDermott is really looking for.
RE: Kolb / offense changing
It will. Post-draft discussion material.
RE: Maurkice Pouncey
He will not be an Eagle. We're going with Cole/McGlynn at C.
RE: RB Toney Baker
He's got an extensive injury history. We'll trade up for him. Joking, of course. Baker is a real good RB when healthy, but I see him as probably a 7th or UDFA. We could easily add him if we do take a smaller RB earlier in the draft. Baker could be a good role player for us.
RE: John Jerry
I like him as an Eagles target. I loved him before we found out his Wonderlic was brutally low. He played RT and RG at Ole Miss. He has the size we like. He's big and strong. He would give us insurance at both spots. John has talked about being able to play LT. I'm not so sure of that. John could be a target with the late 2 or either 3rd round pick.
@ Myron ... dream draft scenario
I like your thinking. DB/Hughes/LB would be terrific in my mind.
RE: Koa Misi / Rennie Curran
Misi is a better prospect than Gocong. Koa has spent more time playing off the ball and in space. He's also used to better competition. He played at the Senior Bowl and stood out. I think he could be a terrific SAM. He probably won't be an Eagle. Koa should go in the 2nd and I think we'll look more for a WLB.
Curran is ideally suited for the Tampa 2. He could play for us. Rennie is small, but physical. He's a much better prospect than Keith Adams, who was a functional starter...at times.