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Schefter’s 10 Spot: Vick, Favre, Dallas

Adam Schefter has posted his latest “10 Spot” article and here are some of the topics that he discussed:
  • Schefter explains that the Philadelphia Eagles are essentially reallocating the salary that would have been paid to Donovan McNabb this season to Kevin Kolb. McNabb was set to make $11.2 million this season so the Eagles decided to sign Kolb to a similar $11.4 million dollar deal during the offseason which includes a $10.7 million dollar signing bonus. The Eagles are paying Kolb a base salary of $715,000 leaving them with plenty of room to commit to Michael Vick during the offseason if he lives up to their expectations. It was all part of their plan.
  • Elias Sports Bureau has confirmed that Michael Vick and David Carr have been to most sacked quarterbacks with over 50 starts since 2001. Kind of surprising given that Vick is known for his athleticism and scrambling abilities.
  • Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings are off to a rough 0 – 2 start this season and it may have something to do with the fact that Favre has thrown 40 percent of his passes over ten-yards which has resulted in a 48 percent completion percentage, one touchdown, and three interceptions. This is more representative of the downside to Favre’s gunslinger mentality.
  • So far this season the Dallas Cowboys are off to an 0 – 2 start which may have something to do with the teams lack of a running game. The Cowboys have dialed up over 100 passing plays in comparison to only 42 running plays. Schefter suggests that the Cowboys will have to bring some balance to offense if they are going to turn their season around.
  • Mike Tolbert was one the biggest surprises from last week. So much so that he could be cutting into the playing time of Ryan Mathews who was San Diego’s first-round draft pick this season. Schefter points to the Texans as a comparative example of how a team intends on using a draft pick (Ben Tate) to fill a roster spot but ends up finding a better option (Arian Foster) else where.
  • The Baltimore Ravens have played six straight road games dating back to week 14 of last season. The good news for Ravens fans is that the team will finish will four of their last six games at home to end the season.

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