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November 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“DeSean Jackson addressed the biggest question in Philadelphia sports on Thursday: What happens to him and Michael Vick after this season?
When asked what the explosive duo could do in their years together if both got contract extensions, Jackson laughed and said: “We’re looking for them contracts.”
“We know the contracts will come. We’re just so focused on playing right now, and the better we do, the better it is for both of us,” Jackson said.
Jackson, who has one year left on his first pro contract, and Vick could fuel the Eagles‘ offense for years if they stay in Philadelphia. He was asked if he sees them together in green.
“Hopefully, everything will stay the same, but who knows how them things will turn out?” Jackson said.
Vick is in the last year of his deal, while Jackson, a second-round draft pick in 2008, has in the past talked about getting a contract that reflects his status as an elite wide receiver. This season, though, he has avoided the topic.
He and Vick have thrived together, in part because the quarterback’s powerful arm lets Jackson take full advantage of his speed.
“In my career, there hasn’t been too many quarterbacks that could really get the ball to me without me having to slow down or wait for the ball. He’s one of the few quarterbacks that’s ever put it out there and let me run and go get it. So any time you have that, it just makes it a lot more easy, especially with my speed,” Jackson said.”
November 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Just a little more than two months ago, Kevin Kolb’s future in Philadelphia seemed as bright as Lincoln Financial Field’s lights.
Armed with the contract extension he signed only five months earlier, he was set to begin his first season as the Eagles‘ starting quarterback, one billed as the first of many to come.
But something happened on the way to becoming the Eagles‘ franchise quarterback. Actually, a lot happened. Kolb suffered a concussion in the opener. Michael Vick stepped in, took over the job, and performed so amazingly that he’s once again a national sensation.
And Kolb became yesterday’s news.
While he is signed through next season and Vick is not, there isn’t a person this side of sensible that doesn’t believe Vick won’t be the Eagles‘ starting quarterback in 2011.
Kolb hasn’t spoken much since Vick returned from injury and guided the Eagles past the Colts and Redskins with back-to-back NFC offensive player-of-the-week performances. But on Thursday at the NovaCare Complex, following an after-practice throwing session, the 26-year-old was asked whether it was difficult to not have the occasional thought about what this turn of events means for his future.”
November 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“When fullback Owen Schmitt arrived in Philadelphia, center Mike McGlynn greeted his new teammate with a fist and a verbal jab.
My bad, McGlynn said, extending a conciliatory fist bump toward a confused Schmitt. Sorry we had to knock you out of the championship.
McGlynn was referring to the 2007 game in which his Pittsburgh Panthers beat Schmitt’s West Virginia squad, crushing the Mountaineers’ shot at a national title.
According to teammates, it was typical McGlynn, the center whose ornery talk and blocking is in the middle of an offensive line facing a massive test Sunday against the Giants’ fierce pass rush.
“He’s the first guy that wants to scrap,” said defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who battles McGlynn in training camp and practice. As a Notre Dame alum, Laws often has to hear the center’s Pitt smack talk.
“He’s loud. He’s obnoxious,” Laws said. “He’s an O-lineman through and through.”
McGlynn has always been that way, teammates say, even though he only became a starter earlier this season. Reading defenses and making the proper calls were the biggest challenges and are where McGlynn said he has most improved with his nine games of experience.
“He had to get the mental part down first, and he’s got that down pretty well now, so he’s starting to bring a little more physicality to it,” guard Todd Herremans said.
McGlynn said he is recognizing his reads faster, boosting his confidence.
November 19 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch:
“ANDY REID, like many of the league’s head coaches, scripts the first 15 plays of the game. Sometimes the script is another “Citizen Kane.” Sometimes it’s another “Gigli.”
“You’re scripting for success, obviously,” said Reid, who actually has been out-sourcing the Eagles‘ scripting and play-calling to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg the last couple of years.
“You want positive plays early. Then you want to see how they’re going to play [against] different formations and personnel groups. If you can get all that accomplished, that’s a good thing.
“What Marty has done is design plays to take advantage of weaknesses in the secondary or the linebackers or whatever [he’s trying to exploit]. He’s done a phenomenal job with the first 15 [plays] and putting everything together. And the players have done a great job of executing it.”
If Mornhinweg continues to turn out blockbuster scripts like the beauty he wrote Monday night against the Redskins – when the Eagles scored touchdowns on their first five possessions – he might be going to the Academy Awards and his team might be going to the Super Bowl.
Mornhinweg and Reid like to throw a lot of different stuff at opposing defenses early. On their first 12 plays Monday, they used four different formations, threw a bomb to DeSean Jackson on the first play of the game off a play-action bootleg that went for an 88-yard touchdown, ran a double reverse to Jeremy Maclin that picked up 11 yards, a direct snap to Jackson that gained 5 yards, a screen pass to LeSean McCoy for 27 yards and an 11-yard shovel pass to McCoy for a touchdown. The only thing missing was the Statue of Liberty play and the fumblerooski.
November 19 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Les Bowen:
“JEROME HARRISON can’t really tell you the details of his 50-yard touchdown run Monday night at Washington. The whole thing happened in a hurry – “I was just trying to get there as soon as possible,” Harrison recalled – and to really break it down, he’d have to watch it on tape.
Which Harrison has no intention of doing right now.
“On to the Giants,” Harrison said yesterday. “I’ll get a chance to look at it eventually.”
That’s where the Eagles stand, heading into their third really big, important showdown in as many weeks. They came off the bye facing a huge test against Indianapolis, which they passed. They then went down to Washington, on the day their former franchise quarterback signed a ballyhooed contract extension with his new team. They obviously poured their hearts into a record-setting, 59-28 victory.
Now, they face a showdown for first place in the NFC East with the Giants, both teams 6-3, a prime-time Sunday-night matchup. Can the Eagles maintain the level of focus and passion that has carried them into unexpected contention?
“We’re just trying to keep this train going. We have a little bit of momentum, we’re trying to ride it,” strongside linebacker Moise Fokou said. “We can’t let down. [Coaches] have been talking about how you handle success, how you come off of successful games. A lot of times people can ride that successful wave, kind of let down, not really pay attention or put a lot of focus into the next game. That’s not what we do here. We’re detailed here, we study. We go in loose and we have a lot of fun, a lot of energy . . . That’s the challenge with the NFL, isn’t it? Trying to stay healthy, trying to stay fresh, always trying to stay on top of your game. Teams have done it; you saw the Patriots [who were 16-0 in 2007]. It is doable.”
DeSean Jackson said, basically, there can’t ever be too many bright-lights, big-time games in a row to suit him.
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