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November 20 Camden Courier-Post:
“Who’s starting at right guard for the Eagles Sunday against the Giants?
Eagles coach Andy Reid knows, but he wasn’t in the sharing mood Friday afternoon when asked if Max Jean-Gilles or Nick Cole would get the nod.
“It’ll either be Nick or Max,” Reid said. “But there’s a pretty good chance it’s Nick. But there’s a chance Max could be in there, too.”
Right guard hasn’t been officially cemented since training camp. Stacy Andrews held down the position until the team dealt him to Seattle before the season opener.
Cole, who missed much of camp with knee soreness, started the first three games at right guard but his knee continued to be problematic and forced him to the sideline in favor of Jean-Gilles.
Jean-Gilles then started five consecutive games and seemingly had the job pinned down until he sustained a concussion on Nov. 7 against the Colts. He played in the Eagles’ 59-28 rout of the Redskins on Monday but split time with Cole, who started.”
November 20 Philadelphia Daily News:
“THE EAGLES’ offensive line seems to have really made some strides lately.
We’re about to find out how much that means.
Eagles coaches and players said over and over again this week that the Birds will face the best defensive line they’ve seen when the New York Giants visit tomorrow night, with first place in the NFC East on the line. Early in the season, a top d-line vs. the Birds’ blockers would have been a grisly mismatch. Now, maybe not so much.
“I think we’re progressing toward [being solid]. We weren’t playing lights-out when the season started. Obviously, we’re playing better now than we did. But that happens every year with an offensive line,” left guard Todd Herremans said yesterday. “If you’re able to stay away from injuries, and you can keep the guys consistent in there, the more games you play together [the better you are].”
The Eagles have allowed 25 sacks through nine games, but 11 of them came the first two games. Center Mike McGlynn, who had played only special teams before this season, has settled in well in place of injured Jamaal Jackson. Left tackle Jason Peters looks much better after Oct. 14 surgery to repair a torn meniscus. At right guard, Max Jean-Gilles probably made more of a leap this season than anyone else on the line, but when Jean-Gilles suffered a concussion against the Colts, Nick Cole stepped in and played so well through Monday’s game at Washington that Eagles coach Andy Reid said “there is a pretty good chance” Cole will start tomorrow night, even with Jean-Gilles healthy.”
November 20 New York Post:
“Osi Umenyiora doesn’t see any Super Bowl rings on Michael Vick’s fingers.
That explains why the Giants’ resurgent defensive end isn’t buying the hype of an impossible-to-stop Vick when Big Blue takes on No. 7’s Eagles tomorrow night in Philadelphia.
“There’s no such thing as ‘unstoppable’ in the NFL,” Umenyiora said flatly yesterday as the Giants prepared for the nationally televised matchup of NFC East co-leaders.
“There’s definitely a way to contain [Vick],” Umenyiora added. “He’s been contained before, and even if we don’t do it, he will be contained again. It’s just a matter of teams figuring out exactly what it is they’re doing. There’s definitely a way to do it.”
Vick certainly looked unstoppable Monday night in Washington, where the befuddled Redskins watched helplessly in a 59-28 whipping as Vick became the first quarterback in league history to account for 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in the same game.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Vick was so phenomenal, it gave Coughlin “a stomachache and indigestion.””
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