Nov 122010
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November 12:

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Hobbs practices but is unlikely to play

November 12 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Ellis Hobbs returned to practice, but it’s going to be “a stretch” for the injured Eagles cornerback to play Monday night against Washington, Andy Reid said.

The Eagles coach on Thursday had yet to rule out safety Nate Allen (neck) and guard Max Jean-Gilles (concussion) – two other starters – but neither practiced. Both left Sunday’s game against Indianapolis with injuries.

Reid said that Jean-Gilles has not yet passed any post-concussion tests. On Monday, he said it would be a “struggle” for Allen to recover in time for the Redskins game.

Hobbs, along with reserve tackle King Dunlap (knee), was a limited participant in practice. The cornerback, who aggravated a hip flexor more than two weeks ago against Tennessee, sat out last week with a strain.

Hobbs was examined by a back specialist earlier this week, according to Reid, to see whether there was “nerve damage.” There was not. Hobbs had season-ending neck surgery last December.

“We were just hoping that there weren’t any residuals from my surgery,” Hobbs said.

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Anderson has some interesting ties to Eagles

November 12 Philadelphia Daily News:

“The Eagles used to have this pale, skinny little safety from Montana. They would call him up whenever they needed help in the secondary and on special teams. He would show up and play with very little preparation, throwing his body around.

Tim Hauck was an Eagle from 1999-2002, but the final three seasons, he was brought in as an emergency fill-in after training camp, once as late as November.

This bit of history seemed relevant yesterday when Colt Anderson joined the team, having been plucked from the Vikings’ practice squad. Anderson is a pale, skinny little safety from Montana. His position coach there?

Tim Hauck.

“He’s my mentor. He’s the reason why I’m here,” said Anderson, who will wear jersey No. 30. “I modeled my game after him. He’s kind of a smaller guy, but obviously he’s well-respected around the league.”

Anderson said he spoke with Hauck after getting the call from the Birds, but he didn’t get any tips on joining a team in the middle of the season.

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Redskins won’t surprise Eagles with Cover 2 again

November 12 Philadelphia Daily News:

“THE LAST TIME the Eagles played the Redskins, all sorts of bad things happened.

Yeah, Donovan McNabb returned to defeat his former team, but he turned out to be kind of beside the issue. McNabb’s 8-for-19, 125-yard passing performance with a touchdown and an interception did not beat the Birds on Oct. 3. Ditto his 39 rushing yards on five carries, though those were a little more relevant, frustrating the Eagles’ pass rushers.

The overall picture was, Andy Reid and his staff were caught flatfooted in a 17-12, home loss. The Redskins’ defense played Cover 2, which Reid said yesterday they hadn’t previously showed under the new regime of head coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Washington’s offense ran the ball, which it certainly has done before, but again, not as extensively this season as it did against the Eagles. Quarterback Michael Vick went down near the end of the first quarter with a rib-cartilage injury that would cause him to miss the next three games. Oh, and the Birds gave up a 53-yard punt return to set up an early touchdown.

This time around, the Eagles say they’ll be ready for Cover 2. And Vick presumably will be ready for Kareem Moore and DeAngelo Hall, the two guys who sandwiched him at the goal line and crunched his chest, though Vick said yesterday that he hasn’t been able to learn the QB slide, and he isn’t interested in learning it.

“Jim Haslett’s a great coordinator,” said Reid, who beat out Haslett to become the Birds’ coach nearly 12 years ago. “They had a good plan against us last time. If that’s the way they go, we’ll be ready for that. And if he goes a different direction, we’ll try to be ready for that.”

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Redskins are Vick’s priority

November 12 Camden Courier-Post:

“Michael Vick didn’t scramble Thursday when asked about signing a contract extension with the Eagles.

“I just want to play well for this football team, day in and day out,” Vick said after practice. “Nobody else wanted me. They did. I definitely have to take that into consideration when it’s time to make a decision.

“As of now, I just have to focus on winning. I’m enjoying it so much I can’t even think about that; it’s just great to be in the position I’m in. I’m blessed to be on a great football team with a great offense, a great defense and a great group of coaches who know how to win.”

Vick is in the last year of a $5.2 million contract. At 30 years old, and after spending two years in jail, the Eagles quarterback is certainly looking for a big payday.

First, though, is Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, which could help determine how long Vick stays in Philadelphia.

When the teams met early last month, the Redskins employed both safeties in a deep zone called a Cover Two or Tampa Two.

Whatever the name, the look confused the Eagles’ offense. It was as if Washington were playing with a dozen defenders in a 17-12 loss.

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Referee’s calls confounding Eagles’ defensive backs

November 12 Philadelphia Daily News:

“”I’ll tell you this. I’m not going to worry about a fine. I’m not going to play dirty, but I’m going to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

Resolute, and with a bit of bravado, Eagles safety Quintin Mikell swore his game would not change after teammate Ernie Sims was fined $50,000 for a hit in Game 7.

Then, Mikell lost his legs.

Mikell initially was called for unnecessary roughness against Colts receiver Austin Collie, a hit that knocked Collie out of the game. Mikell hit Collie from the front as fellow safety Kurt Coleman closed from the back side. Coleman’s helmet collided with Collie’s helmet and the ball flew free.

Collie was rolled off the field on a gurney.

Mikell also was rendered ineffective.

“I did have a little bit of a hangover after that hit,” Mikell said. “I didn’t agree with the call. I’d done everything I was supposed to do and I still got flagged.

“For a brief period, I was like, ‘I don’t even know how to play ball right now.’ ”

It showed.

Mikell was part of the coverage that gave up a 33-yard completion on the next play that set up a subsequent 6-yard touchdown run that cut the Eagles’ lead to 16-14.

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