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Eagles DE Chris Long on Vick's Kaepernick comments: 'I had a dirty mullet'

Eagles DE Chris Long on Vick's Kaepernick comments: 'I had a dirty mullet'

Former Eagles quarterback Mike Vick found himself in a bit of controversy this week when he made a comment about Colin Kaepernick and his appearance contributing to his lack of a job in the NFL.

"First thing we gotta get Colin to do is cut his hair," Vick said. "Listen, I'm not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in I don't think he should represent himself in that way in terms of the hairstyle. Just go clean cut, why not? You're already dealing with a lot. A lot controversy surrounding this issue. The thing he needs to do is just try to look presentable. Look, all the social media stuff he's doing, we get it. We understand it. It's time for Colin to step up in a different way."

The sports world reacted accordingly. That included one of the new members of the Eagles, defensive lineman Chris Long, who shared some thoughts on his Twitter page today.

"Vick thing is confusing bc he says that CK is unemployed bc of performance, but a haircut will help. What am I missing there?," he tweeted. "Also, Vick's redemption opportunity (while deserved) is way different than CK's current situation."

Long then interacted with some Twitter users who called him a leftist. Chris's response: "I'm not a leftist, moron. I'm trying to make sense of why 1 of the best 32 QBs on [earth] doesn't have a job + we're talking about his haircut?"

Long then pointed out his own appearance isn't exactly clean cut and he did just fine last season.

"I had a dirty mullet last year + worked for that company you love. You know, the 1 w the 5 rings on your background that you'll never touch," Long wrote, referring to the New England Patriots.

But it's his final point that I think most of us can agree on.

"Irony is that MV actually says he thinks Kaep's social action is a good thing. That's what makes the call for an image revamp strange," he said.

And it's true. Either Kaepernick is a good enough football player to have a job in the NFL or he isn't. His appearance should have absolutely nothing to do with it. End of story.

We've embedded some of Long's tweets below for more context.

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are click bait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are click bait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a change.org petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create click-bait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

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A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?