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Eagles Doppings 4/28: SI's Eagles Intriguing QB Situation, Macho To CB and Players Number Change

Eagles Droppings 4/28: SI's Intriguing QB Situation, Macho To Cornerback andNew Numbers
By Lance Epstein

In a very interesting story today, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated discusses the most compelling quarterback situations heading into the upcoming NFL season. While Carolina finished as top of his list with Matt Moore, Jimmy Claussen and Tony Pike battling it out, the Eagles were No. 8 on his list.

Here is what he had to say on the Eagles quarterback situation:

8. Philadelphia Eagles

Starter: Kevin Kolb
Challengers: Michael Vick, Mike Kafka

The Upshot: There should be no quarterback controversy in Philadelphia this year now that Donovan McNabb has finally met his destiny and become an ex-Eagle. The job belongs to Kolb and he's had three years to prep for this opportunity, much like Aaron Rodgers did replacing Brett Favre in Green Bay. But this being Philadelphia, I'm curious to see how long the fans remain in love with Kolb now that he's not the backup option, but has to turn his promise into production on a week-to-week basis. And could Vick's pinch-hit role in the offense increase with No. 5 out of the way, and is he willing to stay patient and quiet if he has to spend 95 percent of the time on the sideline again in 2010?

Potential For Change: We know Andy Reid doesn't do knee jerk, so Kolb doesn't have to look over his shoulder this year. But Vick can't be completely sold on the situation, and how long until someone starts agitating to see what the wonderfully named rookie late-round pick Kafka can do?

While Banks believes the fans will quickly call for backup Michael Vick if the team gets off to a sluggish start cause by Kolb, the Eagles front office has told WIP’s Howard Eskin they are not necessarily sold on Vick's ability to lead the team.

Eskin reported a couple of days ago that the Eagles are worried if Kolb happens to get injured that Vick would not be an adequate replacement. Additionally, Mike Kafka needs time to develop and is not ready yet to be anything more than a No. 3 quarterback.

Still there was a reason the Eagles decided to give Donovan McNabb a one-way ticket out of town. Even if Kolb struggles (think he will be ok), the team will not pull him and let him work through it. If they do pull him, it might destroy the confidence in their young quarterback.

Macho Moving to Corner:

In a interview on 97.5 The Fanatic, head coach Andy Reid was ask whether rookie Nate Allen or Macho Harris could play corner this season. Reid responded by saying if one of the two happened to be moved the most likely of the two would be Harris. Yet, both are going to start the season at safety.

Harris played cornerback at Virginia Tech, but many team's question his speed to play the position coming out of college. The Eagles drafted Harris in the fifth-round of the 2009 draft and had envisioned using his versatility to play both safety and corner.

Ultimately, with Quintin Demps struggling to replace Brian Dawkins, the Eagles threw Harris into the fire in week one. Unfortunately, Harris showed he did not have the instincts for the position and might be better off as a nickel corner.

However, rookie free agent defensive back Devin Ross will push him, Trevard Lindley and Demps for one of their roster spots. Many scouts have compared Ross' style of play to former Eagle Sheldon Brown. He is willing and able to make a tackle and is very physical against bigger, taller wide receivers.

On a side note, Reid stated the team made no effort to try and move back into the first round to get Kyle Wilson, Devin McCourty or Patrick Robinson.

Eagles Numbers Game:

Today, the Eagles officially released the new numbers for multiple draft picks and new acquisitions to the roster. One of the more intriguing stories appears to be Brandon Graham. Last week, it was reported that Graham was going to be No. 94 and in only a week in the NFL, he has switched his number to No. 54. That is a lofty number to live up to considering the last man to wear the jersey with No. 54 on it was "the Ax-man," Jeremiah Trotter.

Here is a list of players with their new number thanks to PhiladelphiaEagles.com:

New Jersey Numbers
DT Antonio Dixon 90 (Was 64)DE Brandon Graham 54 (Was 94)
C A.Q. Shipley 61RB Martell Mallett 33
FB Dwayne Wright 32P Durant Brooks 3
DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 52CB Trevard Lindley 35
LB Keenan Clayton 59QB Mike Kafka 8
TE Clay Harbor 82DE Ricky Sapp 94
WR Riley Cooper 14RB Charles Scott 38
LB Jamar Chaney 49DT Jeff Owens 64
SS Kurt Coleman 42DT Charles Alexander 66
WR Blue Cooper 80G Zipp Duncan 63
QB Joey Elliott 9OT Austin Howard 68
WR Kevin Jurovich 17OT Jeraill McCuller 73
CB Josh Morris 45CB David Pender 37
WR Pat Simonds 86FB Chris Zardas 48
RB Keithon Flemming 41DE Eric Moncur 61
CB Devin Ross 47G Shawn Murphy 72
FS Nate Allen 29P Ken Parrish 13


  1. Hopefully Kolb does well enough next year that the Eagles don't have to even contemplate switching QBs or else it is going to be a big mess. I think he will, but I also think he won't do well enough that there aren't fans suggesting he should ride some more bench so it should get interesting. I am not sure how many fans get pumped for the new numbers but I bet it really helps the players start to get the feeling they are joining an NFL team.

  2. Eagles to trade Vick to Carolina, San Francisco, or Buffalo. Win-win for both sides.

  3. Well Vick is not going to Carolina with Matt Moore, Jimmy Claussen and Tony Pike there so they are out. San Fran has made it clear they are going with Smith (should've traded for McNabb would've been a contender). As for Buffalo, I do not know what they are doing. They were said to have had offers of a third for Lynch and did not pull the trigger in the draft. Vick fits well there since they have no left tackle and he can run away from pressure. Still not likely to happen.