Morning Muse: Looking past Mike Vick’s fumbles


Here are some of your Philadelphia Eagles headlines from around the web.

Another look at the Eagles-Steelers game from Paul Domowitch, including some interesting numbers on Mike Vick’s performance looking past the fumbles. –

Was Mike Vick’s response to the question of why he is having so many fumbles (“I don’t have an explanation”) entirely too nonchalant? – CSNPhilly

Some frustrated Eagles fans have been calling for Vick’s benching in preference for rookie Nick Foles for since the start of the season, it seems. But the suggestion now also comes from widely respected sports scribe Peter King in this week’s MMQB column:

I think Andy Reid, after watching Mike Vick lose two more fumbles in the first quarter at Pittsburgh, has to be thinking about benching Vick. Not today, but soon, if Vick can’t hold onto it. That’s 11 turnovers in the first 17 quarters of the season.

This season is one filled with unending surprises regarding the Birds and the offensive line. The latest revelation: LG Evan Mathis has been taking reps as center in case he needs to fill in for the center in an emergency situation, as backup center Steve Vallas was inactive this week against the Steelers. –
Fierce linebacker James Harrison grades his performance in Sunday’s game against the Steelers as a C-, saying that the fear of getting fines has altered the way he plays and he was worried about getting called for helmet to helmet contact on Vick – ProFootballTalk

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2 Responses to “Morning Muse: Looking past Mike Vick’s fumbles”

  • Vick’s turnovers are just 1 part of the breakdown. The DEFENSE could not stop the Steelers on their last drive. What ever happened to the true Eagles DEFENSE? BLITZ, BLITZ, BLITZ and BLITZ? (now they only rush 4) The EAGLES are supposed to have one of the best secondary’s in the NFL (on paper). I see them getting burnt to many times. I think it time to look at the past how Buddy and Jimmy ran the defense

    • You’re absolutely right–the fumbles were just one part of the story. Though the defense was able to bail the offense out of the first few game this season, make no mistake: this is not Jim Johnson’s defense. And that fact continues to make us cringe. Big Ben was clearly not feeling pressure yet the defense kept doing the same things that weren’t working already. No blitz. It was incredibly frustrating to see.

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