Eagles Droppings 7/22: NFL Mum On Vick, Mornhinweg Speak, Forbes Ranks Eagles and Mosley On Eagles
By Lance Epstein
NFL, Mornhinweg Speaks:
According to Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen, a NFL source told him that the league is not revealing anything between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Eagles QB Michael Vick or any player.
"Not going to comment on what the commissioner considers private phone conversations or meetings regarding any player," the NFL spokesman told Bowen.
Multiple reports have surfaced over the past two weeks that Goodell is going meet with Vick to discuss keeping a low profile along with keeping his "parties" to just his family and close friends. While the NFL is not talking, the Eagles and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg seem to think that their backup quarterback to Kevin Kolb will be an Eagle.
"I think he's back," Mornhinweg told David Tell of The Daily Press. "In our mini camps, you could see that great, great athleticism. I would expect great things from Michael Vick this year."
Hopefully Mornhinweg is a man of his word because the Eagles could use Vick's talents inside the red zone. His legs, ability to throw and athleticism makes him a very dangerous weapon for the Eagles. Additionally, he is the only quarterback with significant NFL playing time.
Forbes Ranks Eagles 11th:
If someone told you the Eagles were the 11th most valuable franchise in all of sports would you believe them? According to Forbes, Jeffrey Lurie's birds are worth $1.12 billion, which ranks just outside of the top ten at No. 11.
Forbes recently released its 201o top 50 most valuable franchises and the National Football league dominated the rankings as all 32 NFL franchises finished in the top 50. More importantly, all four NFC East franchise appear in the top 15 with the Cowboys ranked second, the Redskins fourth and the Giants seventh.
The most surprising part of the rankings at least to Americans is that the top spot went to the European soccer club Manchester United.
Unfortunately, the Eagles were the only Philadelphia franchise to place in the top 50. Even with Phillies who are coming off back-to-back World Series appearances and the Flyers made an improvable run to the Stanley Cup (also one of the only hockey franchises not to be in the red) neither made the cut.
Mosley Talks Eagles:
With the Dallas Cowboys being the first team to kick off training camp on Saturday, ESPN.com’s NFC East beat writer Matt Mosley discussed the four most pressing questions in the division, each teams player/coach on the hot seat and a “wild beast prediction.”
Like many NFL experts, the question that Mosley believes surrounds the Eagles organization is "can Kevin Kolb quickly take command of this team?" Mosley expects the Kolb to make mistake in his first season as the starter, but the weapons he has at his disposal bodes well for him. Additionally his demeanor and dealing with the Philly media has been great so far, but that should change with the spotlight squarely on him once the season kicks off.
"Young stars such as Desean Jackson and Brent Celek couldn't wait for the Kolb era to begin, so now we'll find out what that looks like," he wrote. "He's an accurate quarterback who has an excellent grasp of the offense after watching Donovan McNabb for three seasons. He'll make some mistakes, but he'll be helped by perhaps the best receiving corps in the NFL.
"So far, Kolb's done an outstanding job of handling the spotlight. Now, things are going to get much more hectic. His every word and training camp pass will be analyzed. Kolb doesn't seem fazed by all of the attention at this point. Let's see how he responds the first time he has a lousy training camp practice as the starter.
As for the player or coach on the hot seat for the Eagles, Mosley continues to ride the Andy Reid train. Remember earlier this offseason Mosley hinted that Reid's job could be on the line if Kolb fails this season (still do not think that is true).
"If the Eagles make the playoffs with Kolb, then it will be another feather in Reid's West Coast hat," Mosely reiterated. "But if the young Eagles flame out, there will be some backlash. It's rare to see such a wildly successful coach take such a huge risk. We'll know a lot more about Reid's legacy after this season. Too dramatic for you? Maybe so, but it's certainly a big season for him."
Lastly, Mosley made some "Wild Beast Predictions," which meant a prediction that might seem crazy, but could actually happen. For the Eagles, he predicted that second-year wide reciever Jeremy Maclin would have more yards and TDs this season than DeSean Jackson. Certainly Maclin could have more receiving yards than Jackson since he is a better fit in a typical west coast offense the Eagles will run this season. Plus Jackson saw his numbers go down towards the end of the season, while Maclin's began to flourish.
On the other hand, Jackson is going to have more total yards since he covers punts. It is hard to imagine him not being successful as a punt returner this upcoming season due to the fact he has been deadly in his first two years in the league. The touchdowns should be close as well since Jackson gets them receiving the ball and returning kicks.
Look for Eaglesmix.com's NFL power rankings in the next couple of days....