NFC East: Doug Pederson

There is legitimate concern around the Philadelphia Eagles about what would happen if starting quarterback Michael Vick went down with an injury. The current backups are third-year man Mike Kafka, veteran Trent Edwards and rookie Nick Foles. The likelihood at this point is that, if Vick had to come out of a game or miss a game with an injury, Kafka would be first in line ahead of Edwards, who didn't play in the NFL last season.

Nick Fierro spoke with Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson, who says he thinks Kafka is ready for the role of backup to Vick, and Nick sounds as though he's buying into the idea:
Kafka has the leadership tools as well. Remember, it was he, not Vick, who was the driving force behind the player-organized workouts in Marlton, N.J., during last year's labor stoppage, and his command of the offense is as good or better than any quarterback going into his third season as offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has ever seen.

Now, if Vick were to go down for all or most of the season, it might be a different story. But for a couple of games or stretches during games when Vick might be dinged, don't expect the offense to malfunction that much just because a less talented quarterback like Kafka will run the show.

The Eagles have a good enough system and, more importantly, more than good enough talent at the other positions to remain effective.

That's the key thing to remember here. Those who fear the Eagles just ignored the backup quarterback spot this offseason might be focusing on the wrong thing. The Eagles believe in Mornhinweg, and in their system, and in the idea that a quarterback whose talents they like should be ready, by his third year in that system, to run the offense. Kafka fits that description, and as the Eagles surveyed other options for backup quarterback this offseason, they clearly didn't find anyone they thought would be better able to handle the task than Kafka would.

He can't throw like Vick, but almost no one can. He can't run like Vick, but absolutely no other quarterback can. If Kafka is playing and Vick isn't, the Eagles likely will call different plays. But given the talent he'd have around him, as long as he doesn't pull a Vince Young and start throwing interceptions all over the place, it's possible to believe a game or two with Kafka at the helm wouldn't be a complete disaster.

The Eagles hire Lynn to coach DBs

February, 8, 2011
The Philadelphia Eagles have finalized their coaching staff, and the moves announced today didn't provide quite as much drama as naming an offensive line coach the defensive coordinator. Coach Andy Reid has hired Johnnie Lynn as his secondary/cornerbacks coach. Lynn, who once served as defensive coordinator for the Giants, had been the secondary coach for the 49ers the past five seasons. He left the team for personal reasons in 2010.

Reid also handed out a flurry of promotions on offense. David Culley now adds the "senior offensive assistant" title to coaching the wide receivers. James Urban moves from quarterbacks coach to assistant offensive coordinator. The Eagles have said that's a promotion, but it's an interesting one since Reid and Marty Mornhinweg seem to hog the offensive game plan a lot of the time. There's a thought that Mornhinweg will eventually land another head-coaching gig, but the Eagles might have to mix in a playoff win for that to happen.

Doug Pederson, a former NFL quarterback, will replace Urban. And former Eagles running back Duce Staley has turned his internship into a full-time role now that he's the special teams quality control coach. LeSean McCoy has told me on several occasions that Staley has helped him immensely.

Oh, and make room for young Bobby April, Jr., a defensive quality control coach. Bud Adams would certainly not approve of that move, what with his anti-nepotism stance regarding folks not named Adams.

I'm sure Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was pleased to see April Sr. taking care of his family. Garrett named his older brother John passing-game coordinator this season to go along with his tight ends assignment. The Cowboys are in the process of identifying several more job titles for the elder Garrett brother.

Thursday Beastlines

January, 29, 2009

Posted by staff

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Thirty-five-year-old Brian Dawkins thinks he'll be back with the Eagles next season, writes the Philly Inquirer's Bob Brookover.
  • Doug Pederson, who was Andy Reid's starting quarterback when he took over the Eagles, is set to join Reid's staff as an offensive assistant, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

Washington Redskins

  • Clinton Portis was noncommittal on Wednesday about participating in the Redskins' offseason workout program, according to the Washington Times' Ryan O'Halloran.