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A Chat with Eaglesgab’s Mike Burke

This week I present to you a new feature (which will hopefully become a weekly occurance) a chat with a Gab Network member of the Lions’ opponent.  This week Mike Burke and I spoke about this weekend’s showdown with the Lions.

Here is the link to my interview on Eaglesgab.com.

The national media is hyping up a potential quarterback controversy in Philly despite Andy Reid stating that Kolb is the starter.  Do you feel that there’s potential for a controversy, or is this all media driven?
 
There is no controversy.  It’s unfortunate that all this has come about because it’s really the last thing the Eagles need.  It’s also amazing how people were ready to put Kolb in the Hall of Fame a few weeks ago and now they don’t even want him to play.
 
Kolb only got to play essentially a half against a team that everyone is rating very high.  Vick came in and scored some points after the Packers had a 17 point lead and were running a prevent scheme on defense.  I’m not trying to downplay Vick’s performance, because some of the plays he made were outstanding and I can’t wait to see him do that kind of thing all year.  However, people need to relax and let Kolb prove his abilities.
 
What is your opinion of the Eagles letting Stewart Bradley and Kevin Kolb back in the game after suffering apparent concussions?
 
Although the situation was reviewed by the NFLPA and the Eagles didn’t violate any rules, it’s still a bit upsetting.  On one end, you have to applaud the competitiveness of the two players and the fact that they want to be out there.  However, we’ve seen how big a of a deal head injuries are in this league now.  We saw it first hand last year with Brian Westbrook.  The organization may have not done anything wrong in terms of the rule book, but I’m very surprised they weren’t more cautious.
 
The Eagles have a lot of talent at the skill positions on offense, but the offensive line has had some turnover and now a potential season ending injury to Jamaal Jackson.  Are you concerned with the struggles on the line this week against a much improved Lions defensive line?
 
The offensive line has been one of the biggest issues for the Eagles for quite some time now and it’s going to be a concern every week no matter how talented the opposing defensive line is.
 
Losing Jackson hurts, especially after how he worked so hard to get healthy again to play in Week One.  The Eagles won’t be able to find anyone to replace him that can play on his level.  Along the rest of the line, we have guys like Jason Peters who is considered to be one of the best at his position but hasn’t proven it.  This line is really going to need to step up its game if the offense is going to be successful this year.
 
Vick is obviously an explosive runner at quarterback, but he’s never really been a consistent passer.  If he does start for the injured Kevin Kolb, do you think the Eagles passing offense may be limited?
 
It may be down a bit in numbers but I think the biggest difference will be the style.  Kolb is a guy who the Eagles want to sit back in the pocket to throw his passes.  While Vick will get some work out of the pocket, I think the Eagles will use him more in roll out type situations.
 
Vick is obviously a guy that can beat you with his legs, but everyone knows that.  He can’t rely on just running the ball, so he’ll have to prove he can get his receivers involved.
 
The Lions and the Eagles are the only two teams that lost their starting quarterbacks in Week 1, which team has the bigger drop off in your opinion?
 
It has to be the Lions.  Vick may be known as a backup in Philadelphia but he’s still a former number one overall selection who did big things in the league before his arrest.  After Sunday, he has people saying he looks like the old Vick, and that’s a good thing.
 
You never want to lose your starting quarterback, but I don’t think there’s a lack of confidence in the locker room that Vick can win games.
 
What offensive matchup do you think will play the biggest role in this weekend’s game for the Eagles?
 
The Eagles offensive line vs the Lions defensive line.  They don’t need to play great, but they can’t afford to be awful.  I’m assuming that Vick will start on Sunday.  He’s a great runner but if he’s forced to run on every play, there’s going to be a problem.  He needs to have at least a little time to throw the ball.  
 
What defensive matchup do you think will play the biggest role in the game for the Eagles?
 
Again, I’m going to go with the matchup on the line.  The Eagles brought in a lot of players this offseason to build up front seven.  With Shaun Hill getting the start on Sunday, I think if the Eagles get heavy pressure on him all day, they can force him into making a lot of mistakes.  The Eagles defense did well getting to a very talented Aaron Rodgers last week and forced him to throw two interceptions.  I expect them to do the same against Hill.
 
Who do you think walks away 1-1 this weekend?
 
I’m going with the Eagles.  They faced a lot of adversity last week against a very talented Packers team last week and still had a chance to come up with a win.  I know the Lions got robbed last week, but I still think the Eagles are more talented.  27-17 Eagles.

Thank you to Mike Burke of Eaglesgab.com and as weekly preparation for the Lions’ games check out all the other Gab sites, including NFLGridironGab.com.


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4 Responses to “A Chat with Eaglesgab’s Mike Burke”

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks again Anthony!

    If any readers have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

  2. Go Lions says:

    one blog dork interviewing another blog dork…who cares

  3. Matt Loede says:

    Shaun Hill is going to have to step up this weekend, and the LB’s of the Lions are going to have to make sure they watch for Vick’s ability to run and stay focused.

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