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Not Everyone Loves Tim Tebow

Much has been made of Tim Tebow and how publically outspoken he is about his religion,  which just last month was highlighted in a pro-life commercial that aired during the super bowl. Well, another NFL prospect had enough of Tebow’s public displays of worship at the NFL scouting combine a couple weeks back…

Story from ProFootballTalk‘s Mike Florio

As we’ve mentioned once or twice, quarterback Tim Tebow‘s habit of openly expressing his religious beliefs could potentially rub folks the wrong way, especially in a locker room of grown men who choose to keep their beliefs to themselves, who don’t share his beliefs at all, and/or who only want to hear “God bless” after they have sneezed.

We’re told that Tebow already has gotten a taste of the resistance he might face at the next level.

At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups.  The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.

Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow’s group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

Said one of the other players in response:  “Shut the f–k up.”  Others players in the room then laughed.

We’re not passing judgment on this one; we’re just passing along what we’ve heard.  And it illustrates the type of challenges that could be faced by the team that drafts Tebow.

That said, some teams might embrace those challenges.  The final decision will depend largely on the composition of the team, and the personalities of the coach, the G.M., and the owner.

Who is the guy that told Tebow to STFU? I am already a fan.

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McNabb Might Be On The Move

The Eagles have a problem. Well, to be more precise they have multiple problems but for today we are just going to focus on their problem at the quarterback position.

With the mass exodus of overpriced veterans from the nest this offseason, it almost makes too much sense for the Eagles to move Donovan McNabb. Trading Michael Vick for a low pick serves them very little considering the giant PR hit they took when signing the convicted felon. Also it would basically mean the Birds admitted defeat in their quest to paint Vick as some type of super secret weapon that the amazing mind of Andy Reid would unleash on an unsuspecting football world.

One thing is certain, the Eagles cannot go into the draft still having all 3 of their current qb’s.

CSNPhilly.com’s Eagles insider Derrick Gunn reported yesterday that things may be picking up…

A league source told CSN’s Derrick Gunn on Wednesday evening that talks are heating up – but would not disclose for which quarterback. Nothing is expected to happen before Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, Gunn, while attending the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, was told by one league source that the Eagles want a first-round pick and a couple of other picks for McNabb. He believed the Eagles would not have to reduce their price because trade talk was beginning to heat up.

However, another league source told Gunn that the Eagles had reduced their price from a first-round pick and a third-round pick to just a third after failing to receive satisfactory offers.

But yet another league source said the Eagles have never asked for a definitive number of picks. They are currently weighing offers and deciding what to do next.

One of the sources also said that Buffalo and Oakland appear to be the leading candidates to acquire the 33-year-old McNabb, who wouldn’t be happy going to either team because neither is a contender.

Regardless, it appears everyone agrees on one thing: the Eagles’ quarterback situation will change before the season starts. One of the sources said that eight teams have inquired about one of their quarterbacks.

Another rumor swirling right now is that the St. Louis Rams are in hot pursuit of Donovan McNabb and have offered the Eagles a deal that would include their second rd pick (#33 overall). Both clubs involved have denied the story but that’s pretty much what you would expect.

If it is true that the Eagles could get what is essentially a late first rounder for a 34-year-old injury prone quarterback, I would drive McNabb to the airport. I am absolutely ready to move on.

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Eagles Reel In Marlin Jackson

This afternoon the Eagles announced that they signed former Indianapolis Colt corner/safety Marlin Jackson to a 2 year contract. On the surface the 2005 first round pick appears to be a solid addition. However, Jackson is coming off of 2 torn acl’s and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Eagles plan on moving Jackson to free safety; a position in which Jackson never started in Indy.

So let’s break this down for a second…

The Eagles solution for the black hole at the free safety position is a guy who has played in only 11 games over the last two seasons due to two serious knee injuries; is a natural cornerback and weighs under 200lbs. Am I missing something?

I like the guy if he’s healthy but what the hell is with all these experiments? Quinton Demps and Macho Harris were both drafted as tweeners without a set position in the secondary and both have been terrible. Jackson has talent, there is no question about that but there were other options available…

Just up the turnpike the Giants added playmaker Antrel Rolle last week and the Jets moved former pro-bowl free safety Kerry Rhodes for a 4th rounder. Meanwhile, we get a guy who makes Correll Buckhalter’s knee history look minor.

Why are the Eagles always shopping at the local scratch and dent shop? Did drafting Cornelius Ingram and signing Stacy Andrews not teach them a lesson about trusting guys with torn acl’s to contribute?

Thank god for the Phillies.

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What Can Brown Do For Someone Else?

What you can't see in this picture is that he actually caught the figurine in front of the first down marker.

Well it’s about time the Eagles rid themselves of Reggie Brown. This evening it was announced the Birds moved the underacheiving wideout to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 6th round pick in next year’s draft.

A lot of people always credit Andy Reid and his staff for identifying good young talent and locking them up to long-term deals early so that when those players are in their prime, they are paid well under market value (See Brown, Sheldon) for what they provide. Well in Reggie Brown’s case the Eagles could not have gotten it more wrong.

For whatever reason the 2nd round pick out of Georgia just never seemed to click with Donovan McNabb. He showed brief flashes of brilliance at the end of the 2007 season when Jeff Garcia led the Eagles on a cinderella run to the divisional round, but that was about it.

Remember when everyone lauded the AJ Feeley trade to the Dolphins which netted the Eagles a 2nd rounder for a 3rd string QB? Well they selected Brown with that pick, and now a couple years later they turned him into a pick near 200 in next years draft. What brilliant asset management…

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