Linky – June 16, 2011 – Albert Haynesworth soon to be an Eagle?

Apparently, Andy Reid's kids once set his mustache trimming setting to "0" so that he'd accidentally shave it off.


Romo’s return ensures Cowboys have division’s best passing attack – Bucky Brooks,

Hands down, the Dallas Cowboys have the best passing offense in the NFC East.


Abram Elam should be safety choice – Todd Archer, ESPN

Living in NJ, I saw a lot of Elam when he was with the Jets.  Based on what I saw of him then (and maybe his game has evolved since) I really like him as a role player… not sure I’d want him starting at safety.

The Martz Rams blueprint becomes clearer – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

The crux of this is that the Cowboys’ offense can be like those crazy-good Rams teams back in the day if they can fix the right side of the line.  Personally, I don’t even think the Cowboys’ skill position guys compare to those Rams teams.  Jason Witten is a better TE than anyone that ever played in St. Louis, but Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are not Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, and there’s no Marshall Faulk on the Cowboys.

Felix Jones: tackle breaker – OCC, Blogging the Boys

Felix was ranked 10th by Football Outsiders.


Ryan Kerrigan eager to learn from Brian Orakpo – Mike Jones, WaPost

Kerrigan was one of my favorite players in the draft.  FF machine.  He and Orakpo could be a force at both OLB positions.

Why wasn’t Trent Williams at Redskins practice? – Josh Katzowitz, CBS

In an interview with ESPN 980, Williams claimed he thought the camp was for backs and wide receivers.

Also, the power went out in his house and his alarm didn’t go off, the dog ate his playbook, and he had explosive diarrhea.

Lichtensteiger: No excuses not to be here – John Keim,

Lichtensteiger is right.  Granted, these practices are even more voluntary than the voluntary ones run by coaches, but do you want to do everything in your power to put yourself in the best position to win, or not?  The Redskins largely have done a phenomenal job getting a ton of participation for these workout, questionably worthwhile as they may be.  But if I were a player showing up every day and my OL teammate that makes 10x what I make isn’t there, I’d be pissed too.

ESPN ranks Redskins second to last among big four sports – Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog

Dan lists some franchises that finished ahead of the Skins, the most humorous of which (to me at least) is the LA Clippers.


Report: Haynesworth, Burress, on Eagles radar – Tim McManus, Philly Sports Daily

Widely reported all day yesterday.

Reid: Kolb deserves to be a starting QB – Chris McPherson, Eagles Mothership

Caught this on NFLN myself.  I remain steadfast in my belief that the Eagles are going to get a minimum of a 1 for Kolb, and probably a nice chunk more.

Eagles chat with Andy Reid – Jeff McLane,

Some nice comedy here.  Good job by the readers asking good questions, too.

Eagles draft pick Watkins: This hoser is no poser – Les Bowen, (bathroom read)

Les Bowen is my favorite Eagles beat writer.


Tyree makes controversial statement on marriage – John Fennelly,

David… bud… All you have to do is chill out, relax, and be a Super Bowl hero the rest of your life.

Jacobs, Bradshaw, or both – Joshua Ryan, Staten Island Advance

Pros/cons of both guys.  Joshua missed Jacobs’ biggest con… $$$.  I’m on record as saying the Giants would be better served putting the money they owe Jacobs to better use.

Fewell eager to teach Prince and Marvin – Ohm, ESPN

Those guys better pan out, because there were much bigger needs along the OL.


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  2. Tracer Bullet says:

    I like to think Big Reid is chuckling in response to Brooks’ article.

  3. Dan in Philly says:

    Jimmy, I haven’t yet read your take on what a whole training camp with Vikc being the #1 will likely do to the offense. Seems to me that if you give Ried & Co. an entire offseason to gear and groom the offense with him as #1, you might see a whole lot of stuff you didn’t before. What do you think?

    1. Bill Ward says:

      Vick played his best year last year… regression to the mean means that Philly fans are more likely to be strongly disappointed in his performance this season than happy.

      As for Jimmy thinking Kolb is worth a #1: That’s homerism. Kolb has not proven that he’s a legitimate starter in the league; when handed a team, he couldn’t keep the starting position last year. #2, yes. #1? Only if a team is truly desperate.

      1. I think that’s where we differ. I think Kolb has most certainly proven he’s a starter in this league. How many QB’s in this league are stars right out of the gate? You have your occasional Dan Marino’s, but we can both agree that immediate, overwhelming success at the QB position is rare, right?

        What you want to see in a QB in his first year are flashes of greatness. Kolb definitely had those. He was stellar against the Falcons this year, likewise against the Chiefs in 2009. He was the NFL Player of the Week twice in his first 5 NFL starts – That accomplishment shouldn’t be diminished. He also had very good games against the Niners last year and Saints in ’09. For me, those four starts are enough evidence that can play at a high level in the NFL.

        Obviously, he had some clunkers, too. He was downright bad in a quarter and a half on opening day against the Packers, couldn’t get much going with the JV team Week 17 against the Cowboys, wasn’t good against the Titans, and struggled against the Redskins in a relief appearance. I’m under no delusion that he’s God’s give to the NFL. But I’d take Kolb over every single one of the QB’s drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft, and there were what? 5 of those?

        When you watch the tape, he has all the tools. And in the NFL, if you don’t have a legitimate QB (and several teams still don’t), you have pretty much no shot at winning. He’s going to get a 1. That’s not homerism. That’s just how it is.

      2. The Legend says:

        Kolb’s definitely proven he’s a starter in this league & it’s getting a little annoying that people are saying well why couldn’t he hold the job then? Well if you found out that Mike Vick was better then what he was in Atlanta then you would be stupid not to start him.

        Here are Kolb’s stats from all his appearance in his career when he’s thrown a pass
        2008 all relief appearances & he had to face two elite defenses
        Stl: 5/6 53yds
        Pit: 2/3 18yds 1int
        Bal: 10/23 73yds 2int
        Cle: 0/2 1int
        Total: 17/34 144yds 4int

        2009: 2 starts & 1 relief appearance(Carolina)
        Car: 7/11 23yds
        NO: 31/51 391 2td 3int
        KC: 24/34 327 2td
        Total: 62/96 741yds 4td 3int

        2010: 5 starts & 1 relief appearance(Washington) & Dallas game was with backups
        GB: 5/10 24yds
        Wsh: 22/35 201yds 1td 1int
        SF: 21/31 253yds 1td
        Atl: 23/29 326yds 3td 1int
        Ten: 26/48 231yds 1td 2int
        Dal: 18/36 162 1td 3int
        Total: 115/189 1197yds 7td 7int

        Career total: 194/319 2082 11td 14int

        Start total: 148/239 1691 10td 10int

    2. Good question. I don’t think they’ll run camp any differently, but I think there could be some points of emphasis that they might work on. For example:

      – Howard Mudd will have his hands full working with the OL, getting them to adapt to his technique, which is different than Juan Castillo’s. I think that any pass blocking schemes that Mudd installs will have Michael Vick’s skill set in mind, as opposed to the QB he has tried to protect over the past decade, Peyton Manning.

      – I’d be surprised if the receivers didn’t work more on locating defenders to block once Vick has taken off and run. Maclin is already good at that. DeSean could use some work there.

      – Last offseason, Vick was getting most of his reps with Jason Avant and Riley Cooper. This year he’ll get the bulk of his reps with DeSean and Maclin, so that could help.

      Little things like that, but nothing major.

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