Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb have very different styles. Dawkins epitomizes the term "wearing emotions on your sleeve" while McNabb is a master in the art of passive-aggressiveness. But in their own ways, they are both leaders. With Dawkins now house hunting in Denver -- I'm sure Iverson's old digs are still available -- the Eagles defense will need someone to step up and take the reins. Quintin Mikell believes that he and his teammates will be able to meet the challenge.
Chris McPherson, he of Spadaro ilk, caught up with Q on Monday and got his thoughts on the seemingly gaping void in terms of leadership left behind by BDawk. Mikell notes that it will obviously be tough to fill number 20's shoes but he believes guys will step up.
"I feel like I've learned so much from him, but I feel like no one
is ever done learning," Mikell said by telephone on Monday. "When you
are done learning, you're dead."
A wise young man, Quintin is. Socrates would be proud.
Mikell talked to Dawkins on Sunday and admitted that he's "grieving
over the shock of losing someone important." But Mikell realizes that
it's now time to take everything he learned from Dawkins and teach and
share those experiences with his teammates.
And Spiderman would be proud.
"I feel like I'm ready to take on a bigger role as a leader. I have
to be," Mikell said. "You will never be able to replace what he did. I
feel like with us having a committee of people who can set examples,
who can put people in the right place that we can get the job done."
You can only mourn for so long. It looks like Dawk left some great impressoins on the guys helped groom. Now it's time for them to try to reach similar levels of greatness.
>>Mikell: We Can Fill The Leadership Void [Eagles]
VOORHEES, N.J. — Radko Gudas (wrist) is closer to game action as the Flyers’ defenseman has been cleared to shoot pucks for the “past couple of days.”
The 26-year-old, recovering from a fractured right wrist (his shooting hand), was shooting and hitting in practice Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone. Gudas has yet to play in a preseason game, but said he’s “pretty close” to 100 percent.
“I can’t say it’s really 100 percent, but it’s getting there soon,” Gudas said following practice.
“There’s a lot of time for me to get in top, game-like shape. There’s not a chance I would miss the start of the season.”
Gudas said the most important aspect of the wrist’s healing is keeping it stable by wearing a brace to limit too much moving.
“It’s better, I’m shooting on it in practices, feels better every day,” he said. “I’m working on a lot of it every day with the strength guys and the doctors here. We’re going day to day, I’m seeing myself sooner than later jumping on the ice.”
The second-year Flyer would like to play in preseason games before the start of the regular season, but also understands the importance of not rushing to avoid costing him regular-season games as a result.
“That’s the main part — feeling pain-free,” Gudas said. “Throughout the season, there’s not a lot of time off so we need to make sure everything is the best it can be before the season starts.
“Obviously it’s going to be the coaches’ decision when to put me in. I’m sure they’re talking with the staff for when would be the proper time.”
Gudas signed a four-year contract extension in June after playing a career-high 76 games and recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 2015-16.
After practice, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol did not have an update on Gudas or defenseman Nick Schultz, who was shaken up Tuesday night.
“Everybody wants to play at least a game or two before the season,” Gudas said. “I don’t think it needs to be said.
“He wants to have me ready and I want to be ready.”
The Eagles crushed a Super Bowl contender on Sunday at the Linc. And Vegas took notice.
According to Bovada, the Eagles' odds to win the Super Bowl went from 33/1 to 22/1. Just nine teams have shorter odds to win the Super Bowl. The Patriots are tops at 15/4, followed by the Packers (8/1) and the team the Eagles beat, the Steelers (9/1).
With the win, the Eagles also became the favorite to win the NFC East, going from 11/4 to 2/1. They're followed by the Cowboys and Giants (both at 11/5) and last year's division champs, Washington, is at 6/1.
The Eagles are also 12/1 to win the NFC.
Of course, the biggest story for the Eagles this season has been the emergence of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. He had his first 300-yard passing game Sunday and was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. His odds to win MVP went from 50/1 to 33/1. Those are the same odds as Drew Brees and Eli Manning.
Meanwhile, former Eagles quarterback and current Minnesota Viking Sam Bradford went from 50/1 to 25/1 to win MVP.
While Wentz's MVP odds shortened, his odds to win Rookie of the Year actually got longer, going from 8/5 to 7/4. That could have something to do with the odds of Ezekiel Elliot (7/4), Dak Prescott (5/1) and Sterling Shepard (7/1) all improving.