Philadelphia Eagles training camp is underway and already there are some good quotes and some informative news coming out. I just happened to choose a few nuggets from the other day that I found interesting…even if in a ridiculous way!
First up is the thought from Philly Mag’s Tim McManus that Nick Foles is not only battling Michael Vick the player, but also Vick “the legend.”
Apparently, some key players on the Eagles’ offense grew up idolizing Vick and now they’re playing with him. Though they’re trying to say the right things to the media for the most part as far as the QB competition goes, they make just naturally gravitate towards Vick simply because they saw him as a star when they were younger…
“I joke with Mike all the time about in high school, my whole team had his cleats when he was playing in the NFL,” LeSean McCoy said back in 2010 following a comeback win over the Texans. “Now I’m in the same huddle with him, locker room with him, joking with him, texting him, calling him. I’m a fan of his. I just can’t show him too much. But it’s different. It’s the same for me, for Maclin, for DeSean. Us young guys, to be playing with him, we’re excited. We look up to him.”
Not only does Foles have to prove to the coaches that he should be the starter, but he also will have to prove to his teammates that he’s good enough to replace the man, the myth and the legend that is Vick.
Maybe after a few more of these, McCoy, Jackson and Maclin will go out and buy some Nick Foles cleats…
Notice that they’re both in the red zone? Yeah, me too.
Don’t get me wrong, I still *think* that Vick is the starter come opening day (right, wrong or indifferent…just my prediction). However, the buzz on Foles keeps getting louder.
Another interesting tidbit that was mentioned by Jeff McLane on Philly.com is that Vinny Curry is only in the mix as a defensive end, not at OLB. As per DL coach Jerry Azzinaro:
“Vinny Curry was drafted here as a defensive lineman,” Azzinaro said. “That’s what he’s doing. He’s playing defensive end.”
Cole and Graham were drafted here as defensive linemen too, so I guess this is Azzinaro’s way of saying that they don’t have faith that Curry can convert to OLB.
Curry has added some weight and muscle this offseason. He is up to 280 lbs, which is approaching ideal weight for a 3-4 DE. Coming out of college at about 260 lbs, Curry was projected by many to play 3-4 OLB in the NFL.
However, it appears he’s not even going to get a chance to do that here. He’s a defensive end, period. That’s not such a bad thing since it’s highly unlikely that the Eagles will completely transform into a 3-4 team this year anyway.
Curry will likely get a lot of work at the 5-tech, 7-tech and 9-tech positions given that the defense will surely use some 4-3 fronts this year as well.
Now, the funniest quote I heard came compliments of Kurt Coleman. Upon his arrival at camp, he spoke with reporters and actually said that he “makes plays” and is a “game changer” …here is the quote, courtesy of Les Bowen of Philly.com:
“I know what I’m capable of doing; I’ve proven to be able to make plays in the NFL, that’s not something that I’m worried about. It’s just about me getting better every day, staying healthy. I make plays. I see things happen and I make ‘em. I just gotta stay consistent with my game plan and continue to be a game changer.”
Did he just really say that?
I get that players have to be confident, but that’s just downright silly! He is coming off of two straight seasons where the Eagles’ play in the secondary was nothing short of historic awfulness.
That would be like Nnamdi, DRC and Asante coming in and saying they can’t wait to hit someone.
Let’s check Coleman’s status as a playmaker (which, by the way, usually means INT’s, sacks, tackles for a loss and forced fumbles)…
In 2012, he had two interceptions and both came on opening day against a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. He was credited with four tackles for a loss, with a total loss of four yards. He had one forced fumble and zero sacks.
In 2011, he had four interceptions but three of them came in one game against the Redskins and Rex Grossman. He also had one forced fumble, one tackle for a loss and zero sacks.
Out of anyone in the Eagles’ secondary the past two seasons, nobody had more missed tackles than Coleman as well. Per Pro Football Focus, he had 26 missed tackles between 2011 and 2012.
Yeah Kurt, that just screams “playmaker.”
You know what comes to mind when I think of Coleman? This…
That’s Coleman “making plays”.
All in all, for a seventh round draft pick, Coleman hasn’t been that bad. However, he just isn’t good either.
In reality, unless they keep five safeties on the roster, he’s a longshot to make the team this year. Hell, even if they do keep five safeties, he’s still a longshot.