By Danny Cox
There are lots of stories going on around the NFL as the season continues to plow on, and not all of them have to do with playoff positioning. Believe it or not, there are a great number of quarterback battles happening, even between teams that have no shot at making the playoffs. It almost feels like training camp in some instances.
Nick Foles to start rest of 2012 for Eagles – Vick done
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid has already determined that Nick Foles will start the rest of the 2012 season, even when Michael Vick returns from a concussion. The 3-9 Eagles have lost eight straight games, but there are other reasons behind Reid’s decision.
“No. 1, I just think he’s playing well enough to where I think he can win football games for us,” Reid said Monday. “And No. 2, I think where we sit at this position in the season, I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Believe it or not, Reid isn’t even committing to having Vick as Foles’ back-up. Trent Edwards is listed as the number two quarterback right now, but that is possible to change once Vick is healthy again.
Harbaugh wants to continue on with Kaepernick over Smith as starter for 49ers
San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh continues to want to go with the “hot hand” at quarterback, even though Colin Kaepernick is coming off of a horrible outing against the St. Louis Rams. Kaepernick’s performance on Sunday wasn’t completely awful, but it looked it at times.
He does appear to be one more bad performance away from losing the starting job back to Alex Smith though. Harbaugh wants it known that he is leaving all options open and willing to simply do what it takes for the 49ers to win.
Colts Mike McGlynn calls Ndamukong Suh and other Detroit Lions “ignorant”
During Sunday’s game, Indianapolis Colts’ offensive tackle Winston Justice suffered a concussion after being knocked down by Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions. This happened during a Detroit interception return, but Suh was then seen with other Lions’ players pointing at, laughing, and dancing over Justice.
Colts offensive tackle Mike McGlynn didn’t take kindly to the actions of Suh and teammates.
“Totally ignorant on their part, just childish stuff,” McGlynn told the newspaper. “We’re all battling out there; I don’t know if the hit was legal or not, but clearly he was hurt, and they’re out there dancing and pointing at him and laughing. Just blatant disrespect. They’re good players, but there’s no room for that. It’s disgusting, really.”
Suh is already appealing a $30,000 fine he received for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin during a Thanksgiving Day game. Suh’s actions against the Colts will likely be reviewed as well.
Bob Costas supports gun control on NBC live telecast after Chiefs Jovan Belcher commits murder/suicide
Early on Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death before taking his own life. Following this incident, NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his “Sunday Night Football” halftime segment to promote gun control.
Almost instantly, the internet blew up with those in support of Costas while others condemned him and his actions. Should he have used an entertainment program for his personal views and beliefs? That is up for discussion as the issue continues to get even bigger everyday.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.