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Vick give Eagles best chance to beat Redskins

Vick give Eagles best chance to beat Redskins

Eagles coach Chip Kelly named Mike Vick to be his team’s starting quarterback for the 2013 season. The Redskins, Philadelphia’s opening-week opponent, should be concerned.

Vick arrived in Philadelphia in 2010, the same season that Mike Shanahan took over as Redskins coach. In that time, Vick has started and finished three games against Washington and the Eagles are 3-0.

The first of those three wins was the best performance of Vick’s career and one of the best games any NFL quarterback has ever had. That came during the Eagles’ 59-28 pounding of the Redskins on Monday night football on November 15, 2010. Vick completed 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns and he rushed eight times for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

After that game the talk was that Vick would be the Next Big Thing for the second time in his career and Andy Reid was hailed as a genius for reclaiming him off of the scrap heap when nobody else wanted anything to do with him.

Two and a half seasons later Reid has been run out of town and it looked like Vick was going to be pushed onto the same train. He had to take a massive pay cut to stay with the team and compete with Nick Foles for the starting job.

But even as his career declined the Redskins couldn’t beat him. He went 2-0 vs. Washington in 2011, as he completed 42 of 70 passes (60.0%) for 572 yards (8.17 per attempt) with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

The only time that Vick has started a game against the Redskins that his team did not win was in 2010, when he started in Donovan McNabb’s return to Philly but a concussion knocked him out of the game in the second quarter. Kevin Kolb finised up in the Redskins’ 17-12 victory. In 2006 Vick also won the only game he started against the Redskins while he was a member of the Falcons.

Last year Vick was sidelined with a concussion for the first game against the Redskins and by either the concussion or Reid’s decision to go with Foles the second time they played. In any case, the Redskins swept the Eagles with Foles at quarterback for both games.

This does not mean that the Redskins are doomed to lose their opener because Vick is at quarterback. The Redskins did not do much to help themselves offensively in their 2011 losses to Vick’s Eagles. In their first meeting Rex Grossman threw four interceptions and the Redskins mustered just 13 points. In their second meeting the Redskins mustered just 10 points. One might suspect that either Robert Griffin III or, if he’s not ready, Kirk Cousins will be able to put up considerably more points against the Eagles this time around.

But the main reason that Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win is that despite all of his flaws he’s still a better quarterback that Foles. Whether he’s running Kelly’s new offense or the more conventional Reid offense, Vick is the better choice than a second-year QB on his second new offense.

The Redskins may well have the upper hand in the season opener because it may take some time for Kelly’s system to click. But while they’re waiting for that to happen, Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win against the Redskins or any other NFL team.

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Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan spoke to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco about the loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl and how the Falcons will rebound in 2017. 

In the process, he took a shot at former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's play-calling and put some of the blame on his style of coaching for the disastrous fourth quarter.

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in," Ryan said. "As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

Those are some harsh words from Ryan and not exactly a ringing endorsement of Kyle Shanahan. This loss will surely haunt him should he never get back to another Super Bowl.

"There's always going to be a little sting," Ryan said. "You never lose that. Hopefully we've got four Super Bowl victories after this one, but that doesn't mean we won't still be like, 'Damn, let's talk about the other one we should've had."

Redskins fans may be able to relate to Matt Ryan's pain as some were vocal about Kyle Shanahan's play-calling during his time in Washington. Maybe Kirk Cousins takes notice of Ryan's comments as well before he considers San Francisco next off-season.


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Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Redskins running backs over-under

The Redskins’ running backs depth chart looks quite different from how it did a year ago. Rob Kelley, who was “ninth-string” back last year per Jay Gruden, is the starter. Samaje Perine enters the mix with expectations that exceed those normally assigned to a fourth-round pick. Chris Thompson is the constant as the third-down back. What kind of numbers will they put up this year? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins running back stats. 

Rob Kelley, 1,000 rushing yards

Tandler: If you project Kelley’s production in the nine games he started over 16 games it comes to about 1,050 yards. He had his ups and downs in those nine starts and he will have them this year. But he should have enough ups to be able to average the 62.5 yards per game needed to hit the thousand-yard mark. Over

Finlay: Unlike wide receivers, where 25 guys broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2016, it's getting harder and harder for a running back to hit four-figures. In 2016, only 12 RBs ran for more than 1,000 yards, and only eight got over 1,100 yards. As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, less backs are getting the carries sufficient for a 1,000 yard season. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Alfred Morris in 2014. While I think Kelley gets the bulk of the yardage, I think it caps out about 900 yards and Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine creep into the total. Under

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Kelley, 10 rushing touchdowns

Tandler: He scored six as the starter last year and doing the math that comes to 11 over 16 games. But last year there wasn’t a player like Perine, who could come into the game and vulture some touchdowns after Kelley did the work to get the ball in goal to go position. Under

Finlay: Sorry to keep going back to stats, but last year only seven running backs got to 10 TDs or more. Only seven! Hard to see Kelley getting there on a team that didn't run all that much, or all that well either, in 2016. Under

Samaje Perine, 500 rushing yards

Tandler: It tough to set a line for a guy who hasn’t played. I’ll go off Matt Jones’ 2015 rookie season when he gained 490 yards while sharing time with Alfred Morris. If Perine averages four yards per carry, which is not hard to do, he’ll need about eight carries per game to get to 500. It’s close but if Kelley is effective, as I believe he will be, Perine might not get enough carries to have a chance. Under

Finlay: Tandler's Matt Jones comp pretty much works for Perine, but Jones had explosive speed that Perine doesn't have. A better comp for me was Derrick Henry last year as a rookie with the Titans. DeMarco Murray was established as the top dog, and Henry worked for a productive 490 yards. Under

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Chris Thompson, 60 pass receptions

Tandler: His role is beyond just third down. If the Redskins are behind in the fourth quarter, Thompson is usually in there to try to help spark a rally. Along with TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder, Thompson will benefit from Kirk Cousins’ familiarity with him. Over

Finlay: Thompson should be a strong contributor in 2017, but 60 catches is a lot for a running back. Only David Johnson (80) and Le'Veon Bell (75) went over that number in 2016, while James White had exactly 60 catches. Thompson grabbed 49 balls in 2016, an impressive total. I could actually see Thompson getting a bigger percentage increase in carries, he had 68 rushes last season with a very solid 5.2 YPC, than catches. Under


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