Thursday, November 1, 2012
Breakfast links: What Andy Reid's thinking
By Dan Graziano
Good morning! Power has been restored, and the NFC East blog has resumed operations from the home office. Other than a couple of hours today that I'll need to spend clearing leaves and branches out of the yard, we should be back to business as usual. Starting, of course, with links.
New York Giants
Eli Manning and his Giants teammates got back to work Wednesday, with minimal disruption as a result of Hurricane Sandy. But they know a lot of people have been severely affected, and they're interesting in seeing what they can do to help.
Starting middle linebacker Chase Blackburn has a hamstring injury, which could provide Mark Herzlich with his long-awaited chance to move into a starter's role Sunday.
Les Bowen believes the fact that Andy Reid needed three days to announce his decision to keep Michael Vick the starting quarterback indicates that Monday Night's game in New Orleans is finally a make-or-break start for Vick.
Bob Ford thinks the decision is an example of Reid staying in character, as Reid is not the sort to let people think he's panicking. I think it's more about New Orleans' 32nd-ranked pass defense and the idea that the season isn't over yet.
DeMarco Murray says things are moving in the right direction with his foot injury, though it doesn't look as though he'll play Sunday. Calvin Watkins writes that this second significant injury for Murray in two years in the league calls into question his durability, which was a question mark for him coming out of college.
A couple of weeks ago, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan decided to stop calling turnovers turnovers and urging his players to get more "takeovers." It appears to be working.
Sunday's game between the Redskins and Carolina Panthers pits the last two Heisman Trophy winners against each other. But Washington's Robert Griffin III declines comparisons to Cam Newton, saying he'd prefer to be compared to "an Aaron Rodgers or a guy like that, someone who has won Super Bowls."
Jason Reid unloads on DeAngelo Hall, calling him out for being a bigger failure than those he routinely exhibits in coverage -- failure as a veteran to provide leadership for a secondary that's badly in need of it.