Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Birds Continue to Drag Feet on DC Job, Vick Gets Endorsement

And again, it's the same old story: defensive coaching. I'll tell you, I'm going to pop a champagne cork when Joe Banner finally hires a defensive coordinator, if only because I'll have other things to write about. Now that the rant is out of the way, here's the low down.

Last week it was reported that the Eagles were interviewing Dennis Allen of the New Orleans Saints, one of the last of a quickly dwindling pool of DC candidates. For about a day Allen's Wikipedia entry even listed him as the Eagles' defensive coordinator. The entry was corrected, and Allen did not come to Philly. Instead, he has been snatched up by the Denver Broncos.

In addition to this, the defensive staff continues to bleed out of Philly as another coach leaves. Linebackers coach Bill Shuey's contract expired and was not renewed by the Birds. There is still speculation about Eagles management being interested in a coach from one of the two Superbowl teams, but as the end of
the postseason draws nearer, there will be little time to make offers, especially offers that compete with those made by the Superbowl champion and contender. Long story short, the Eagles need to have a game plan, otherwise you can forget next year's defense.

In other news, quarterback Michael Vick just received his first endorsement since being released from prison. The endorsement comes from Unequal Technologies, the maker of the football pads Vick used this past year. This is a major point for the once-highest paid player in the NFL who is now on a very short financial leash.

The Eagles have been losing someone nearly every other week this offseason, the only brightside being that none of the losses are key players. Hopefully on Thursday I'll be bringing all of you some good news regarding Nnamdi Asomugha and/or Al Harris.

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