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Eagles resort to players-only meeting

A Philadelphia Eagles fan holds a sign during the Eagles' loss to the Atlanta Falcons during their NFL football game in Philadelphia Reuters

Football teams in distress eventually convene a players-only meeting.  According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that’s precisely what the Eagles have done.

Per McLane, quarterback Mike Vick called the meeting, which happened on Wednesday.

Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com reports that Vick, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, receiver Jason Avant, receiver Jeremy Maclin, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, defensive end Trent Cole, and linebacker DeMeco Ryans spoke at the meeting.

McLane described the sessions as having a “mostly positive vibe.”  Though individual players weren’t named, McLane says there was “some calling out of the effort of players.”

We’ll find out on Monday night in the Superdome whether it makes a difference.

The fact that coach Andy Reid finally has decided to make a clear commitment to Vick as the starting quarterback could be the far better development.  Reid had been lukewarm on Vick for nearly a year; regardless of the reason for the change, putting Vick in a position where he doesn’t have to peer over his shoulder could make a difference in his performance.

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  1. scrp2 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:12 PM

    If Andy Reid stayed home for a week, I guarantee you the Eagles would win on Monday.

  2. h1ndrix says: Nov 1, 2012 1:15 PM

    A players only meeting. Second only to bringing in an offensive or defensive “consultant” as a sure sign your season is lost.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:19 PM

    Teams lacking leadership require player only meetings. What do u think b dawk would have said to his guys after watching all those missed tackles last week. Leaders hold their teammates accountable. I wouldn’t want to let ray Lewis or Tom Brady down if I were their teammate, bc I know I would hear it

  4. coltzfan166 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    Kudos to Vick. Though it might also be worth mentioning that DeSean Jackson didn’t speak.

  5. eagleswin says: Nov 1, 2012 1:24 PM

    What should be of more concern is that the Eagles used their bye week to install an ultraconservative offense so that their $100 mill QB would not lose the game due to untimely turnovers (of which he still leads the league) rather than installing a game plan to attack their opponent’s weaknesses.

    If Vick’s main goal is to not be the main reason the team lost the game, they are paying him way to much money.

  6. knucklebucket says: Nov 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    I smell a mutiny.

  7. bathroombenlovemachine says: Nov 1, 2012 1:28 PM

    The Eagles will inflict multiple injuries on Saints players during Monday Nights game.

    Eagles = Super Bowl 47 Champions

  8. jjb0811 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:30 PM

    season loss check list: fire a staff member in season check, QB controversy brewing check, player only meeting check.

  9. t16rich says: Nov 1, 2012 1:30 PM

    So was McClane hiding in an equipment locker while this “players only” meeting went down?

  10. oaktown49er says: Nov 1, 2012 1:31 PM

    Players only… well does that include the Eagles who are on the field but don’t appear to be playing.

  11. tomnickle says: Nov 1, 2012 1:34 PM

    Reid’s an excellent coach but the Eagles’ failures over the last 25 or so games have his fingerprints all over them.

    Firing Sean McDermott prematurely. Promoting an offensive line coach to tutor and call a defense. Calling games in reverse offensive(throwing the ball a ton early and rarely establishing the run).

    It’s almost as if he’s been too cute strategically with all of the talent they have. Take a page from the 90’s Cowboys and just get out of the way of your talent.

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:35 PM

    nice sign by that kid…., R.I.P to the dream team

  13. branbosc says: Nov 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    Nothing they have done so far this season warrants what I’m about to say, but this team really does have the talent to turn their fortunes around. It’s highly unlikely they’ll catch the Giants for the division title at this point, but a wild card spot isn’t out of the question. If they can get hot enough to make it into the playoffs, anything could happen.

    But, this playcalling and execution will just get everyone fired instead.

  14. 1uniquename says: Nov 1, 2012 1:44 PM

    What’s better a Vick that runs wildly and makes big plays but has a high chance of getting hurt? Or a Vick who is conservative and trys his best to slide or get out of bounds and feels chained down and therefor makes no big plays but is always healthly? Let Vick be Vick, do some trick plays, Wildcat, run up the middle do SOMETHING other than drop back, scramble a bit then get sacked or throw it away (or turn it over). Theres a VERY high chance this is Vick’s last shot at being a starter week 1 in the NFL, its time to RELEASE THE BEAST!!!

  15. andrewproughcfe says: Nov 1, 2012 1:46 PM

    Vick waits until the last moment, just as he is about to lose his job and get his coach fired, to call a meeting.

    Brilliant timing.

    Why would the players listen to anything he says, when they know that this time next week he won’t even be the starter?

  16. bobbyhoying says: Nov 1, 2012 1:48 PM

    Andy is probably dreaming of an Diego. Gruden is dreaming of a Tampa experience repeat.

  17. bbeaman78 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:48 PM

    Eagle are following the process beautifully….my cowboys did this wade Phillips. Spend a ton on a bunch of pro bowl veterans then lay an egg… Only wade didn’t make it out of Green Bay with his job.

    So fired d-coordinator….next players only meeting… next change qb…. then there is the total collapse game where players quit in a blowout…..then the nail in the coffin will be Andy Reid’s firing.

    As a fan Reid is a great coach, who will take the fall for a bunch of overhyped and overpaid players. Vick is so overrated and this is karma for treating Mcnabb like a 2nd rate citizen.

    As a cowboys fan this is fun to watch. Reid will get fired and trust me I would hire him in a second to the cowboys coaching staff or replace Garrett.

    Now eagles fans next is the fire sale of all the veterans at the end if the season that will kill your cap with “dead money” from all the departed players.

    Welcome to the bottom Eagles!

  18. cow395 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:51 PM

    of cource Desean Jackson didn’t speak, i hate that guy…….i wish the eagles would trade him

  19. nelszz says: Nov 1, 2012 1:53 PM

    the eagles are just like the jets….nothing but hype the entire off season, can’t produce when it counts, and takes up 90% of the air time.

  20. hoopieguy says: Nov 1, 2012 1:56 PM

    Players only meetings are a sign of the end for most teams, and the Eagles will be no exception..

  21. hoopieguy says: Nov 1, 2012 1:57 PM

    Saints will crush them

  22. mz1394 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:57 PM

    so with the exception of trent cole a bunch of overrated players who in reality arent that good called a players only meeting . yeah that will fix things

  23. vicksprman says: Nov 1, 2012 2:02 PM

    Hey eagleswin what does the offensive gameplan have to do with Atlanta scoring on their first 6 possessions?

  24. phillyrick22 says: Nov 1, 2012 2:16 PM

    There’s no use to having false hope. This season’s a wash, I’m packing it in. New coach, new mindset for next season, but what will remain is the results we have endured for so long .. no rings team.

  25. snowpea84 says: Nov 1, 2012 2:19 PM

    Vick isn’t good. He shouldn’t be starting. The problem is not that he doesnt feel secure in his job. The problem is that he shouldnt feel secure in his job, for good reason.

  26. turk2875 says: Nov 1, 2012 2:20 PM

    Yea, yea, blah, blah. They tried the same thing last year and it didn’t work. I’m sick and tired of this group of players, everyone tries to act like a leader, but few are actually leader material. But whatever, I guess I’ll get my hopes up for a turnaround, only to be crushed when nothing changes.

  27. eagleswin says: Nov 1, 2012 2:32 PM

    vicksprman says:
    Nov 1, 2012 2:02 PM
    Hey eagleswin what does the offensive gameplan have to do with Atlanta scoring on their first 6 possessions?

    —————————————–

    Hey vicksprman what does the defense have to do with the eagles only scoring 7 points TOTAL in the first quarter over the first 7 games? The offense is bottom 3 in the league including only scoring 17 points last week. This includes Vick who was (is?) on pace to set the alltime turnover record by a QB in a single season.

    The Falcons could’ve scored 20 points and still won the game. The Eagles defense could’ve played better but even on a good day they weren’t going to hold the Falcons under 20 points. This was supposed to be a shootout but the Eagles only brought a water pistol on offense.

  28. tigrrrr says: Nov 1, 2012 2:35 PM

    Players meeting? Does that mean Vick was not invited?

  29. bleedeaglegreen says: Nov 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    Why so much support for a guy that has been an underachiever his entire career? Heck, this guy has been in the league since 01 & has never posted back to back winning seasons.

    Is Vick somehow going to start reading defenses? Start recognizing blitzes? Go through his progressions & really start to play like a championship quality signal caller? Really?? After 9 full seasons, with a team that went to an NFC Championship game the season before he took over?

    Stop making excuses for this guy, Mc Nabb’s line wasn’t much better, he never had a Shady Mc Coy for his PA plays, he never had receivers like Jackson & Maclin (remember Fred EX & Pinkston??) & Dono took this team to a SB guys. Dono took this team to 5 NFC championship games! Vick isn’t a stain on McNabbs jersey.

    Vick’s Eagle legacy is 2 damn games & he is revered, stuck up for like he is a god. Well I say lets stop changing the offense, making excuses, praising incompetence & get rid of this career disappointment. Let the Nick Foles (or any other QB) era start in Philly. Vick isn’t winning anything, he’s nothing but an over hyped washout.

  30. justintuckrule says: Nov 1, 2012 2:43 PM

    Giants’ fan here who has seen this movie one two many times. All you Eagles’ fans need to relax. Sooner or later they’ll reel off 5 straight wins, be 8-6 in early December and will likely be playing for the division vs. NYG the last game of the season. It’s just how the division is and what this Giants’ fan expects. Then we’ll get to hear all of you puff your chests out again after Christmas, tout how great your team is, that you own NYG and that the division is yours.

  31. eaglesw00t says: Nov 1, 2012 2:57 PM

    For the love of god, enough with the dream team crap already…

  32. wwwfugu says: Nov 1, 2012 3:09 PM

    Vick was not peering over his shoulder. He has been playing poorly, and Reid has been coaching poorly.

    Reid lying at a press conference that he never considered replacing Vick will not change anything. It will not make Vick taller, it will not improve the quality of his decisions, it will not improve his ability to see the field, and it will not miraculously endow him with the ability to throw a pass that leads a receiver who is about to come open; something that good QBs do routinely, but that he cannot do.

    Vick is the same player he’s always been. He’s just older, slower, and more physically beat up than ever.

    Reid is on his way out of town. He is, as he’s always been, very, very stubborn and deceitful, and prone to bad decisions.

  33. mungman69 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:10 PM

    Eagleswin: I agree with you. Way too bland an offensive. They don’t want Vick to turn the ball over but how many 18 play drives do the Eagles have in them.

  34. jgedgar70 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:12 PM

    tomnickle says:
    Nov 1, 2012 1:34 PM
    Reid’s an excellent coach but the Eagles’ failures over the last 25 or so games have his fingerprints all over them.

    Firing Sean McDermott prematurely. Promoting an offensive line coach to tutor and call a defense. Calling games in reverse offensive(throwing the ball a ton early and rarely establishing the run).

    It’s almost as if he’s been too cute strategically with all of the talent they have. Take a page from the 90′s Cowboys and just get out of the way of your talent.
    _____
    OK, that’s 2 people on Earth who think McDermott is a good coach. I was starting to think I was the only one.

    Sounds like the Eagles have the same problems as the Panthers – questionable head coaching, bizarre offensive play-calling, too easy to abandon the run. That Eagles-Panthers game ought to be interesting.

    As for the players-only meeting, those never work. You need 2 or 3 true leaders who will get all over you in practice and games when your play resembles a barnyard epithet and be your biggest cheerleader when good things happen.

  35. RUAHORNH8R says: Nov 1, 2012 3:13 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I find all this Amusing! Andy Reid is a top 3 coach in this league! Outside of BB, and Tom Coughlin, and Mike Tomlin, I would select Reid as my Guy. The Eagles are very much alive and will pull it together. Example of the media being annoying with nothing better to talk about!

  36. ralphiepower says: Nov 1, 2012 3:21 PM

    This must be to announce that Vick is still the starter.. Because we haven’t seen any media reports on it.

  37. toonloonboon says: Nov 1, 2012 3:38 PM

    players only meeting, no dogs allowed.

  38. vicksprman says: Nov 1, 2012 3:41 PM

    Hey eagleswin Vick hasn’t been good this year but two defensive stops and they would be 5-2. But it’s easier to fault the QB. I understand let’s play the rookie maybe the defense will play better.

  39. nard100 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:54 PM

    eagleswin says: Nov 1, 2012 1:24 PM

    What should be of more concern is that the Eagles used their bye week to install an ultraconservative offense so that their $100 mill QB would not lose the game due to untimely turnovers (of which he still leads the league) rather than installing a game plan to attack their opponent’s weaknesses.

    If Vick’s main goal is to not be the main reason the team lost the game, they are paying him way to much money.

    —————————————————

    So they’ve installed the Alex Smith offense in Philly? LOL

  40. ncs115 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:56 PM

    Great….the lame duck coach proclaims you are the starter and now you have the balls to call a meeting to rally the troops…..what a joke….play out your remaining 9 games and get the hell out of our city Vick and take the morman with ya….can’t wait for this nightmare to be over

  41. ncs115 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:02 PM

    For all of these people outside of Philadelphia, Andy Reid is not a good coach. I’ve been an Andy guy for years but enough is enough. Hey San Diego….you want to run an offense that is out of timeouts 8:00 into the second quarter….Andy is your guy. Need that challenge flag thrown with authority when your QB runs out of bounds a yard short….Andy is your guy. It’s awful time management and poor in game adjustments that keep you from being a contender….which the Eagles haven’t been since McNabb took snaps while throwing up Cambells Chunky Soup in Jacksonville!

  42. flowadelph says: Nov 1, 2012 4:32 PM

    For all the Eagles fans giving up on this team as I expected. Do not jump on the wagon when we make the playoffs and I’m writng names down. As soon as we get a strek going everyone forgets all the talked they talked weeks ago but I know what to expect from some of our fraud fans. I see why so many other fans dislike us. We have a good team that needs to get their act together. We could be 0-6 or 4-2 easily so let tis thing play out.

  43. ncs115 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:38 PM

    I have never been on this wagon. I thought they would be 9-7 last year and I predict 8-8 this year. They are not a good team. You need a good QB to make the playoffs in the NFL. End of story.

  44. laeaglefan says: Nov 1, 2012 4:45 PM

    Maybe Andy has decided to just let Michael be Michael and play with reckless abandon, using his natural talents to the max. If he gets hurt he gets hurt and Andy can try out Foles without any fear of scrutiny from the press or the fans. Its worth a shot, as letting Michael being the best he can be is probably the only chance the Eagles have of making the playoffs.

  45. bcfalcon says: Nov 1, 2012 5:00 PM

    As a falcons fan i could care less about the eagles! But i love when players show the initiate to have a players only meeting to discuss how to improve their team.

  46. eagleswin says: Nov 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    laeaglefan says:
    Nov 1, 2012 4:45 PM
    Maybe Andy has decided to just let Michael be Michael and play with reckless abandon, using his natural talents to the max. If he gets hurt he gets hurt and Andy can try out Foles without any fear of scrutiny from the press or the fans. Its worth a shot, as letting Michael being the best he can be is probably the only chance the Eagles have of making the playoffs.

    ——————————-

    If Michael Vick get’s hurt he’ll be a martyr and Andy will play him hurt and even more ineffective than usual. We’ll have half a dozen stories on how Vick is playing through the pain because he is a “competitor”.

  47. dannythebisforbeast says: Nov 1, 2012 6:54 PM

    Hey idiot cowboy fan. You say Reid is a great coach who will take the fall for overpaid overhyped players. guess what? Reid s the one who picks the players. do he is taking the fall for Reid the talent evaluator. Reid is a very good coach, great coaches win championships. his formula was great when the NFC sucked and he had a great defense.

  48. steelers88 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:17 PM

    Can we say desperate much!

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