Vick Insists Offensive Line Partly to Blame for Decline, but Not in the Way You Might Think

Vick Insists Offensive Line Partly to Blame for Decline, but Not in the Way You Might Think

As Michael Vick prepares for what is quite possibly his final
game in an Eagles uniform, this week has been a sort of time of reflection. How
did the quarterback’s play decline so rapidly after being named Comeback Player
of the Year in 2010?

We all know an offensive line that was decimated by injuries
shares a huge part of the blame for the travesty that was this season. However,
Vick insists that changing the protection schemes has also been partly responsible for
his less-than-stellar play the past two seasons.

The Inquirer’s Zach Berman asked Vick on Thursday if
promoting Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator and
replacing him with Howard Mudd had anything to do with his own struggles.

“Obviously, yeah.”

Here’s more:

Vick explained that he needed to
learn protection schemes all over again, which was difficult to do coming off
the lockout that wiped out the 2011 offseason program. When players returned,
the Eagles introduced Mudd's unique style - one that produced considerable
success during his decorated career - while trying to figure out which players
fit and which didn't.

"We all kind of gradually
worked our way into it until we got comfortable," Vick said. "I had
to learn new protection schemes, verbiage. And we shuffled around a lot of
players. So everybody had to start all over."

That’s probably fair to an extent. The Eagles tried to do
way too much in a lockout-shortened offseason, and the dramatic overhaul of
personnel and scheme on the offensive line took awhile to jell. To say it was
not ideal might be an understatement.

Of course, that doesn’t really explain all the turnovers –
32 in 22 games over the past two years. Furthermore, it’s an ugly trend that
started toward the end of 2010, not just since the moves were made up front.

There are a lot of reasons things haven’t been working the
way they should around here, and perhaps Vick is right, he would be more
comfortable standing behind a different blocking scheme. Then again, as was the
case when he was in Atlanta, plenty of the problems still begin and end with Vick’s erratic
style of play.

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Ed Rendell, Jim Kenney roast Chris Christie for ripping Eagles fans

Ed Rendell, Jim Kenney roast Chris Christie for ripping Eagles fans

What a week it's been for Chris Christie. 

After watching his top-seeded Cowboys be picked apart by Aaron Rodgers in the divisional round, and being passed over for a position in Donald Trump's administration, the New Jersey governer called Eagles fans "generally angry, awful people."

He can now add being torched by Former Pennsylvania governer Ed Rendell and Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney to that list. 

"You understand how his approval rating is probably the lowest of any governer in the country," Rendell said. 

(Three fire emojis).

"In retrospect, the governer's had a pretty rough couple years," Kenney said. "His presidential campaign crashed and burned, his bromance with the President-Elect didn't seem to go anywhere. I understand why he may be a little bitter or angry."

Boom. Roasted.

Watch the full video for more.

We finally found something (not great) about Joel Embiid: Manziel Buddy?

We finally found something (not great) about Joel Embiid: Manziel Buddy?

Ugh. Joel Embiid may not be perfect.

He may be buddies with Johnny Manziel, at least according to the former NFL hopeful turned party boy.

It all started when Manziel took to Twitter today to talk about doing a free autograph signing for the people of Texas.

The Twitter rant also included this strange line: "No lie.. I was a [bad word] in 2016 I'm just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce."

Hey, owning it is the first step to recovery, right? 

Also, he knows how to get Twitter's attention:

And:

And:

After doing one Google search, there were reports of the pair hanging over the summer in LA. From Busted Coverage:

[Manziel] was tearing up the Warick LA lounge with his Los Angeles friends at a party that included Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, Kendra Wilkinson and Joel Embiid among others.

More to this as we learn it...