Another season is here, so we return to our weekly column, “Know Thy Enemy”.
For those of you that weren’t here last year, here is how the column works. Each week, we do five question Q and A with the Fansided site of our opponent. This week, as we go up against the Philadelphia Eagles, we talk to the editor of Inside the Iggles. Todd Duvall and his staff do a great job covering all things Eagles, and we sat down for a chat prior to tonight’s game:
THE JET PRESS: In my Q and A with you we talked about the Jets’ fan base feelings on Mark Sanchez. How is Philadelphia taking to their new backup quarterback?
INSIDE THE EAGLES: At first the reception was cool. The fans knew he had talent but it was hard for them to forget the numerous interceptions, (Averaging 17.25 in four years) and he had a propensity of coughing up the football. He had 9 fumbles in 2012 and that trend was going in the wrong direction. Plus, the butt-fumble is a hard pill to swallow. But since he’s been with the Eagles he’s been a sensational. So far in preseason he’s completed 81% of his passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. And no fumbles. Great performances help people forget. He’s becoming one of the family now.
TJP: What did the fan base feel towards Michael Vick? Happy to see him go? Or wishing he would stay?
II: I think as a person, they were skeptical of him at first. But after years of him in the community and on the field the perception changed. The fans were excited to have him knowing how dynamic he was and in some ways reminded him of the Eagles’ recent glory years led by Donovan McNabb. When rumors of his possible departure surfaced it was met with a mixed bag of reaction. People like a pick yourself up by the bootstraps story Vick had done just that and more. But on the other hand, his performance was waning and the fans knew, whether they admitted it or not, it was a good move for both parties.
TJP: Talk about the Chip Kelly offense, and how the team is taking to it in Chip’s second year.
II: So far in preseason it appears Kelly wants to continue his fast-paced, rapid action offense. That means the offense has to be in exceptional shape. He’s one of the few coaches in the NFL that even goes so far as to monitor the eating and sleeping habits of his star players. But his offense isn’t just smash-mouth, blaze a path down the field. He’s a cerebral coach and is always trying to think a couple of steps ahead of the other team. I think the team loves it. Some players have been quoted saying they feel better now than when they were in their teens. I think they love the results of their bodies and the results of their play.