Once again, it's time for our weekly Q&A session with a blogger who covers the Patriots' upcoming opponent. Up this week is Thomas Jackson from Eagles Eye. Here's what Tom had to say about the Eagles and Pats leading up to Sunday's game.
1. Who should be the starting QB for the Eagles? Is there any regret of handing Michael Vick $100 million after one great season in the NFL?
If there's any doubt at all about Michael Vick's two cracked ribs threatening his health or impeding his play, then Vince Young should get the start against the Pats. However it goes, there's no regret in Philly in signing Vick to a $100 million long-term contract. The only number that matters there is the guaranteed money--- $40 million. That guaranteed money is what counts---and it pretty much covers his "underpaid" season in 2010, his current 2011 season, and a lock on him for 2012. That averages out to $13.3 million per season ... and that's the going rate in the NFL right now for a Top 10 QB...You gotta pay to play, and I will say that's a fair price to put on a QB you think can take you to the top. It's probably not going to happen like that for Philly with Vick... but the entertainment value he's brought to the franchise justifies the guaranteed money. The merchandise sales alone of Vick paraphenalia could justify the investment...
2. Should DeSean Jackson be paid like a number one receiver? What is your reaction to how he has handled not being paid?
DeSean Jackson is an interesting case. He deserves #1 WR money if you consider he commands double coverage on his deep routes... but where his value falls is his reluctance to go over the middle on intermediate crossing routes. And there's some common sense in that mindset of Jackson... he may have 4.1 speed, but he is a little guy (5-9, 175) and can only absorb so many big hits and concussions...Plus, his value falls when he gets too theatrical during heated moments in a close game. Only age 24, DJax has a lot of maturity and ego issues... In my mind, DeSean Jackson is a 3-year, $12 million contract talent with $5 milz guaranteed... Problem is, DJax thinks he's a 5-year, $30 million guy...no doubt a concept fueled by his agent Drew Rosenhaus.