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November 17 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“”Spitgate” is likely to live on for several more days.
The NFL office said Tuesday that it will look into allegations made by the Eagles that Redskins safety LaRon Landry spit at center Mike McGlynn and that he, along with a few other Washington players, made disparaging remarks directed at Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson before the game.
A league spokesman said that if any fines were to be issued, they would be handed out by Friday.
McGlynn told reporters after the Eagles‘ Monday night 59-28 whipping of the Redskins that Landry spit at him during the game. Landry denied the accusation.
According to several Eagles, Landry and the Redskins taunted Jackson about giving him a concussion similar to the one that left him unconscious for several minutes against the Falcons last month.
“There were some disrespectful things being said,” Jackson said after the game. “Sometimes I think some football players take this football a little too serious. At the end of the day, we’re human beings.”
The taunts set off minor scuffling during pregame warm-ups. No players were ejected, however, but the Eagles said the trash-talking fired them up even more than a division game normally would.
November 17 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch:
“LIKE RODGERS and Hammerstein, Simon and Garfunkel and Hall and Oates, Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson make beautiful music together.
They’ve shared the same huddle for just 19 quarters this season, but already have established themselves as one of the league’s most lethal passing combinations.
Jackson’s blazing speed plus Vick’s powerful left arm and incomparable ability to extend plays with his feet is equaling a defensive back’s worst nightmare. If the Giants’ corners and safeties get any sleep this week, it will be with the help of a strong sedative.
Redskins safety LaRon Landry was foolish enough to poke the tiger before Monday night’s game against the Eagles, warning Jackson that the only music he was going to be making in the nationally televised prime-time battle was a Brahms lullaby.
But you can’t concuss what you can’t catch. On the first play of the game, Jackson zoomed past cornerback DeAngelo Hall, then zoomed past Landry, who was playing so deep he practically needed a shuttle bus to get back to the bench.
While Jackson was zooming, Vick used a play-action bootleg to get outside the pocket and buy an extra second or 2, then heaved a perfect strike downfield to an open Jackson, who hauled it in for an 88-yard touchdown.
“It’s priceless,” wide receiver Jason Avant said of Vick’s ability to extend plays. “If you’re going to give guys like DeSean and [Jeremy] Maclin time to get open, they don’t need much time to get open anyway. But if you give them more time, it’s pretty dangerous.
“That first play to DeSean, [Vick] gave him enough time to get to the safety, who was playing 30 yards deep, then run with the safety for 10 more yards, it takes time. But he’s able to buy time with his legs.”
November 17 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“A day after Michael Vick had arguably the greatest game by a quarterback in Eagles history, questions remained about what his elevated play means for the future.
Does the seemingly unstoppable Vick camouflage the Eagles‘ various flaws and catapult them into the conversation as a legitimate Super Bowl contender?
Is there any way the Eagles don’t bring Vick back next season as the face of their franchise? And if they choose to do so, will they lock him up with a contract extension soon?
Exactly how great was his performance in the Eagles‘ 59-28 shellacking of the Redskins on Monday night?
The Pro Football Hall of Fame thought it was special; it requested Vick’s game jersey on Tuesday, and the Eagles will ship it to Canton, Ohio, according to a team spokesman. Vick became the first NFL player in history to throw for more than 300 yards, run for more than 50, toss four touchdowns, and run for two scores in a game.
The honors did not end with the Hall. Vick was named NFC offensive player of the week for the second week in a row. He became the first quarterback to win the award in successive weeks since Randall Cunningham did it for the Vikings in 1998.
Speaking of the former Eagles great, he is the only quarterback in league history to have more career rushing yards than Vick, who passed Steve Young to move into second place Monday night. Cunningham finished his career with 4,928. Vick trails with 4,295.
Vick has dropped jaws with his scrambling ability, but it’s the improvement in his passing that has him among the midseason candidates for the Most Valuable Player award. Against Washington, Vick completed 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns. His 115.1 passer rating is tops in the league, far ahead of Jacksonville’s David Garrard (104.9).
November 17 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Les Bowen:
“Suddenly, all you have to do is mention the word “contract” to anyone who might be involved in crafting a new agreement between the Eagles and Michael Vick, and you can watch them do exactly that – contract.
(See, it’s a play on words. CONtract, the thing you make money with, vs. conTRACT, meaning shrink. Those of us working in newspapers are increasingly conversant with the second meaning, less and less familiar with the first.)
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, approached in the postgame locker room following the Eagles‘ 59-28 immolation of the Redskins, declared, “I’m not going to talk about any of that stuff” – that stuff being whether the team plans to approach Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, before the end of the season about extending the expiring deal, whether the Eagles expect the franchise tag to be retained in whatever collective bargaining agreement emerges, or whether the Donovan McNabb contract (which it now seems the Redskins can opt out of after this season) sets any sort of parameters for Vick.
Segal was nice enough to return a reporter’s phone call yesterday, just to confirm that he wasn’t going to say anything. Wasn’t going to talk about whether he’d be willing to discuss a deal with the Birds during the season, whether he saw any way the team would let Vick get to free agency, what he thought of Vick saying last week he felt obligated to the Eagles for taking a chance on him, or what sort of caveats Segal thinks might be reasonable in a big-money contract for a player who spent nearly 2 years in prison and conceivably could again be banned from the NFL with an off-field misstep.”
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