I think we pretty much assumed there was no way Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott could leave Ellis Hobbs in the starting lineup following his performance against the Titans, but it became official Monday. Dimitri Patterson will take over as the starter for Hobbs when the Eagles line up against Peyton Manning and the Colts on Sunday. Patterson was informed of the decision this morning.
"As we prepare for any team, I'm a competitor and I'm going to feel like I can cover anybody," Patterson told reporters. "So Kenny Britt was no exception, and this week will be no exception, and the rest of my career will be no exception."
Pretty strong words for a man who's mostly performed on special teams during his five years in the league. But maybe he'll take some of that bravado to the field against the Colts. A lot of us thought the Eagles left themselves thin at cornerback from a talent standpoint coming out of training camp, and it still looks like that's the case.
In other news, Michael Vick went through a full practice and told reporters there was "no soreness at all" in his rib cartilage. He also had some interesting thoughts on Donovan McNabb's benching against the Lions. Asked if he was shocked by Mike Shanahan's decision, Vick said, "Absolutely, very shocked that he was pulled from the game in crunch time. But we never know what the situation may be or what happened or if there was an injury ... so we really can't speak on it or have judgment on the situation."
The NFC East blog passed judgment on the McNabb situation today in case you missed it.