Nightmare continues for Eagles in a bad home loss to the Cardinals by Lloyd Vance

Cardinals receiver Early Doucet scores the game-winning touchdown in Arizona’s 21-17 win in Philadelphia.  The 3rd-and-goal play typified the game — and their season thus far — as the Eagles had a chance to stop him short of the goalline and couldn’t produce the needed tackle

In a “Dream” Season, that has quickly become a nightmare for the Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) , the Birds lost another 4th quarter lead and very well their entire season in a 21-17 home defeat to the Arizona Cardinals (3-6).  Going into this “trap” game, the slogan for the Eagles was simple, it was a “Must Win” situation – like it seems every game this season has been.  Continue reading


Top 10 Greatest Running Quarterbacks in NFL History by Lloyd Vance

With Eagles QB Michael Vick recently becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rushing yardage quarterback.  To celebrate this milestone, Taking It to the House has ranked their Top 10 running quarterbacks in NFL history

Recently in the Philadelphia Eagles’ close 31-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills, there almost was a milestone that was lost amongst Philly fans’ agnst from their team’s turnover-filled defeat.  With a 53-yard, third-quarter burst, Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick pushed past the player formerly known as the “NFL’s Ultimate Weapon”, Randall Cunningham, to beome league’s top career rushing quarterback – former record was 4,928 yards. Continue reading

2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: Ronnie Brown Talks Wildcat and More

Eagles Free Agent pick-up RB Ronnie Brown is glad to be in Philadelphia and is looking for big things in the 2011 season.  But does that include more or less “Wildcat” in the Birds offense?

After a career that has included a former high-draft selection, over 4,500 rushing yards, one Pro Bowl selection, knee surgery and being the focal point of one the NFL’s biggest “fads” in the last 10 years, RB/Wildcat Ronnie Brown has moved his multi-dimensional talents from Miami to Philadelphia.

However at this stage in his career, Brown (29) is being asked more by the Eagles to be a blocker, pass-catcher, Wildcat, and veteran leader rather than a “feature” back.  The Birds already have dynamic 3rd-year runner LeSean McCoy and after his performance in their Week 1 win over St. Louis  — 122 rushing yards including a 47-yard TD game-closer — don’t expect to see any less of the almost Pro Bowl back in the coming weeks.

Feature role or not, you can sense that after Brown is more than happy to be on the Eagles “Dream Team”.  As he  — no offense to the Dolphins of course — finally has a legitimate chance to go to the Super Bowl.  Even though the 7-year veteran now is not wearing his customary No. 23 and is now No. 34 for Philly.  In Week 1, Brown only had 4 rushes for 7 yards, but you can expect him to get more touches as the season rolls along.

Taking It to the House and 97.3 ESPN – Atlantic City, NJ’s Eagles Beat Reporter Matt Lombardo caught-up with Brown after practice to talk his transition to the Philadelphia, QB Michael Vick, and of course the Wildcat formation.

Is Michael Vick On Track For Having A Better Career Than HOF QB Steve Young? by Barry Barnes

Since being successfully tutored by Eagles head coach Andy Reid on the nuances of the West Coast Offense over the last couple years, some are comparing Michael Vick to Hall of Famer Steve Young

When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick celebrated his 31st birthday on June 26, his offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg gave him a surprising, but realistic compliment. 

The former NFL head coach told the Philadelphia Daily News: “Mike’s got a long way to go, but, you know what? I think he can be better than Steve.”  The perception of this comment appears to be a joke in the eyes of many football fans. Continue reading

Taking it to The House Preseason Week 4 Webcast

In the Taking It to The House Preseason Week 4 Webcast Lloyd Vance and Matt Lombardo give their thoughts on Michael Vick’s extension and other topics including the Eagles offensive line and their picks for the NFC East.

Also after the release of ESPN NFL Sr. Writer  John Clayton’s Quarterback Rankings were released this week, Lloyd and Matt reveal their own rankings.

Eagles Agree to Six-Year Extension With Michael Vick by Matt Lombardo and Lloyd Vance

One question that  faced the Philadelphia Eagles as they make final preparations for the 2011 season was: “What to do with Michael Vick?”  On Monday night, the Eagles answered the lingering question, by inking their franchise quarterback to a long term extension. 

After weeks of negotiations with Agent Joel Segal, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with franchise quarterback Michael Vick.

The deal signed by Vick on Monday night according to league sources is worth $100 million with $40 million in guarantees. Additionally the contract is not backloaded, which means that there is a legitimate chance that Vick (31) will earn between $16-$17 million per season over the life of the deal.

From a strictly pride perspective, Vick — career starting record of 46-31-1 as a starter — can now take solace in the fact that he is among the top three highest paid quarterbacks in the National Football League.  He now is being paid like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the Birds have hitched their wagon to the “Michael Vick Experience”  for the next six years.

Before his shiny new deal, Vick — career passing numbers 1169-2115, 55.3%, 14609 yards, 93 TDs, and 58 TDs with 4630 yards and 32 TDs rushing —  was playing under the team’s franchise player tag with a cap number of $16 million this season.  Which gave the Eagles a window until September 20th to extend him to a long term deal or allow him to play out this season on the franchise tag.

In 2010, Vick took over the reins of the Eagles offense in the third quarter of the season opener against the Packers in relief of Kevin Kolb who left the game with a concussion. The 9-year veteran signal caller finished the 2010 season with a career-best 3,018 yards, 21 touchdowns, six interceptions with an additional 676 yards and 9 TDs rushing in only 11 starts (8-3 record).  He also made his 4th Pro Bowl after being name the starter for the NFC in the annual league All-Star game.

The former 2001 NFL Draft first overall pick ‘s signing to this massive extension, truly shows his “redemption” after serving an 18-month prison sentence for dog fighting.   Vick, who is only 298 yards shy of breaking former Eagles great Randall Cunningham’s NFL QB rushing yards record, will now more than likely end his career as a Philadelphia Eagle. 

Which is a mighty long way from the firestorm of reaction that accompanied his signing back in August 2009.  Remember Eagles owner Jeffrey Luries saying at the time of Vick’s signing, “This took a lot of soul searching for me. I was asked to approve Michael Vick joining a very proud organization several days ago. Sometimes in life you have to make extremely difficult and soul-searching decisions where there is no right answer”. 

Now hopefully,  just “maybe” everyone will concentrate on “Michael Vick the football player” and put his troubled past behind him, as clearly the Philadelphia Eagles have done. 


D-Jax Next in Line — It is unclear as of yet what the salary cap implications of this Vick’s extension are for the Eagles.  But initial thoughts are that team GM Howie Roseman, HC Andy Reid, and Executive Joe Banner now have the cap flexibility to work on a long-term extension with dynamic 4th-year receiver DeSean Jackson and his agent Drew Rosenhaus. Jackson is in the final year of his rookie deal and set to make just $600,000 in 2011.  And the speedy receiver already had  held out for the early part of training camp in hopes of a new deal.



Matt Lombardo is a reporter and host for 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, NJ. Matt can be reached on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL

Lloyd Vance is the Editor for Taking It to the House , who is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  Lloyd can be reached on Twitter @lloydvance_nfl

The Fallacy of The Michael Vick Experience By Matt Lombardo

Michael Vick looked the part of both a Pro Bowler and an average quarterback at times during the 2010 NFL Season.   Taking It to the House’s Matt Lombardo believes defenses now know how to neutralize him.  Making him wonder, if Vick can overcome his own deficiencies and solve the schemes that have plagued him for years.

On January 23, 2005 at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles broke through the glass ceiling of the NFC Championship game for the team’s first trip to the Super Bowl in 25 years, after beating the Atlanta Falcons 27-10.  This game represented the high watermark for Michael Vick so far in his over 10-year NFL career and was his closest chance to date at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. That day, despite boasting the league’s No.1 ranked rushing offense and a defense that sent two players to the Pro Bowl, Vick was unable to carry the “Dirty Birds” to Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, FL. Continue reading