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“Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods interviewed for the Eagles defensive coordinator’s job, according to NFL sources.
Philadelphia is looking to replace Sean McDermott. Woods has spent the past five seasons with the Vikings and is good friends with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was Minnesota’s defensive coordinator in 2006.”
February 2 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“On Saturday, Deion Sanders will be going someplace Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel also wants to go someday.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sanders is expected to be voted into the Hall in his first year of eligibility.
But in Sanders’ opinion, the only way Samuel ever will get in there is as a visitor.
Despite the fact that Samuel’s 36 interceptions over the last five seasons are far and away the most by any player in the NFL, and despite the fact that Samuel finished tied for the most interceptions by a cornerback this season (seven), even though he missed four games with injuries, his name didn’t come up yesterday when “Prime Time” rattled off his list of the league’s top corners.
He mentioned five names – the Packers’ Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, the Jets’ Darrelle Revis, the Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha and the Chiefs’ Brandon Flowers.
“How about Samuel?” I asked Sanders during the Super Bowl Media Day lunch break.
“How about him?” he said.
Earlier this season, Samuel was miffed when Sanders, a studio analyst for NFL Network, gave him a backhanded compliment, calling him the best “off corner” in the league.
Samuel responded to Sanders’ latest comments last night on Twitter. “What Deion talking about? As you can see, Deion has no credibility. He don’t have a clue!” Samuel tweeted.
Samuel is regarded as one of the league’s best ballhawks. But he is not really considered a “shutdown” corner like Revis or Asomugha. He doesn’t like to play press coverage, and relies on his impressive instincts and anticipation skills to pick off passes often intended for receivers other than the man he is covering.
February 2 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Rich Hofmann:
“THE FIRST time Andy Reid did the Philadelphia podium thing, it was 12 years ago last month at the Marriott in Center City. The day he was hired as the Eagles’ coach, the unknown quarterbacks coach from Green Bay was faced with a barrage of negativity, about his new roster and his crumbling stadium and his lack of a practice facility and the perception around the NFL that this was a lousy franchise. Oh, and welcome to town.
Reid batted away the questions and pushed back at the cynicism of the questioners. Along the way, he offered approximately zero in the way of information – really, about anything.
Nobody expected a detailed blueprint on the first day, but after 4 years of Ray Rhodes’ earthy wisdom, preceded by 4 years of Rich Kotite’s unintentional comedy, preceded by 5 years of Buddy Ryan’s unrelenting rambunctiousness, this empty patter had all of us in the press seats kind of glancing at each other with an arched eyebrow. He did not have us at hello.
A dozen years later, the podium remains Reid’s biggest problem. It prevented the fan base from offering him a full, heartfelt embrace when the Eagles were close to winning championships, and it gives his critics ammunition now as he works to win a Super Bowl before his expiration date.
The latest business with David Akers is just the most recent example. Reid has banked so little goodwill with people over the years – because he is so unforthcoming from the podium, or clumsy, or howlingly untruthful at times – that pretty much anything he says at this point can be used against him in the court of public opinion.
As we all know, Akers missed two field goals in the Eagles‘ five-point playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. After the game, in response to a question late in his press conference, Reid said, “We can all count. Those points would have helped.”
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