• Make what you will of the always-watered-down product that is Week 4 in the NFL preseason, but I think it's safe to say, at least for now, that
Maybe Philly's two-headed quarterback situation will wind up dazzling us before the 2009 season is finished, but all we saw out of Vick Thursday night against the Jets at the Meadowlands was a player who has miles and miles to go before being anyone's idea of a secret weapon.
It was ugly.
We saw Vick stumble on one first-quarter run, tripping himself without being touched for a one-yard loss on an option play. There was a false start, a key delay of game on third-and-goal, a poorly underthrown interception to Jets cornerback
In Vick's five second-half drives, Philly punted three times, lost the ball on one of his fumbles, and converted a 36-yard
To no surprise, Eagles starter
When Eagles head coach
Let there now be no debate: Vick's game is not there yet, and Thursday night proved it in vivid colors. Clearly NFL commissioner
After two long years away from the NFL, Vick is a work in progress, and at times, that work is going to be messy and not very attractive. He may very well have come a long way off the field already, but if we thought he might somehow magically return to his form of 2002-2006 after just weeks back on the field, we now know better. This experiment the Eagles have started is going to take some time. Vick is back, but nowhere near all the way back.
• There was a secret weapon at Giants Stadium, but it wasn't Vick. It was
He's not bumping
Woodhead, who played collegiately at tiny and virtually unknown Chadron State in Chadron, Neb., ran wild against the Eagles, with 18 carries for 158 yards, and a 10-yard reception. He scored on a 55-yard scamper in the second quarter, set up a second touchdown with his 44-yard run in the third quarter and punched in a 3-yard rushing touchdown to cap his night. All night long, the Eagles couldn't corral the little speedster.
• There's some serious hand-ringing underway among Patriots fans regarding the state of New England's shaky secondary, and the Giants' first seven pass attempts of Thursday's game is only going to intensify those concerns 50-fold.
New York's opening onslaught shredded the Patriots for 206 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first quarter. The completions went for 44 yards to tight end
I get the feeling New England's secondary might just get some extra attention from
• Wow. An honest-to-goodness
• With Sinorice Moss himself questioning whether he was about to become one of the odd men out in the Giants' logjam of receivers, those were two incredibly well-timed touchdown catches by the ex-Miami Hurricane. Moss hauled in a 23-yarder from Manning on New York's first drive, and doubled his fun with a 12-yard scoring pass from Carr on the Giants' second possession.
• I know one guy who wasn't thrilled to hear the news Goodell has decided to fully re-instate Vick in time for Week 3 of the regular season. That would be Chiefs defensive coordinator
Come to think of it, will that also be the day we'll hear our first "We want Vick" chant' breaking out in the stands at the Linc after a McNabb interception (or maybe even an incompletion)?
• Maybe he wasn't going anywhere no matter what, but Packers third-team quarterback
• One touchdown with his legs, and another touchdown, of the pretty variety, with his arm. That's more like the
• We went in expecting
So now I'm really confused, but I suppose it means Browns head coach
But Bartel did look pretty good against the Bears, finishing 12 of 14 for 137 yards and no picks.
• If his lacerated foot heals in time, it looks like
Stafford was 5 of 9 in the first half for 81 yards in the Lions' 17-6 win, but he was picked off once, fumbled once and sacked twice. Bills rookie defensive end
The lack of ball security, combined with Detroit's hesitancy to put Stafford behind an offensive line that's still a question mark, spells Culpepper to me if he's healthy.
• Maybe it's only because I've been watching HBO's
But Leonard, the ex-Rutgers star, didn't hurt his chances either. He ran nine times for 64 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown rush.
• Remind me to never take career advice from
Now he gets canned as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator just before the season starts, reportedly because he didn't really know his stuff when it came to installing an offense and calling plays. Which, by my way of thinking, are two pretty important skills for an NFL offensive coordinator. League sources who have known Jagodzinski in his prior NFL incarnations have told me he's not the easiest guy to work with, but you have to wonder how much self-inflicted damage his reputation has suffered with this latest twist? I'd be surprised if there a decent head coaching or coordinator opportunity coming his way in the foreseeable future.
• Speaking of recently fired offensive coordinators, it would seem with or without
• New Jets cornerback
• Despite what has been said publicly by Broncos head coach
A Jets source told me that when they look at Marshall, they don't see a younger version of
But having parted ways with
• So the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL decided
Uh, couple problems with that. Jones already got his second chance -- last season in Dallas. He did little with it, and in the process devalued himself as a football commodity. There's no one more strong and secure in their position than Cowboys owner
If Jones gets another shot in the NFL, CFL, or UFL, it'll be his third chance, and thus isn't comparable to Vick's signing with the Eagles. And who says Jones "deserves'' a "legitimate opportunity'' at this point? I mean, besides his co-agent?