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Everyone wants you to know Considine will be fine

It's always interesting when you pick up the different morning papers(by that I mean log on to their sites) and see virtually the same story in all. When the Eagles want you to know something, you know it.

Case in point.

Today was apparently Sean Considine day. From the Courier Post, Johnson stands behind Considine

The perceptions of the Eagles' fan base and the Eagles' coaches have always differed, in some cases more than others.

When it comes to strong safety Sean Considine, however, it may be best if the two just agree to disagree.

Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson gave Considine another unmitigated vote of confidence Thursday.

"I've got a lot of confidence in (Considine). I think he's an excellent safety," Johnson said. "I think he's a guy who can play in the box, and who can play deep half. He's very smart, he's one of our leaders, and I expect a good year out of him.

From Bob Brookover, Considine out to silence his critics

For Considine, the opener means he gets a chance to silence critics who have questioned his physical prowess as a strong safety ever since he was run over by New Orleans running back Deuce McAllister in the first quarter of last year's NFC divisional playoff game in the Superdome.

"I had one bad play in that game," Considine said. "I missed that tackle. There are people who that's all they want to talk about when they talk to me, but I've moved past that. If other people haven't, that's their problem."

From Les Bowen, Johnson strong on safety Considine

Maybe Johnson has been wanting to address some of the grumbling from fans and commentators about Considine, who inherited the job last season when Mike Lewis was benched. Despite adding muscle and finally resolving a shoulder problem in the offseason, Considine (6-foot, 212) seems undersized when he's bouncing off running backs, as happened a few times in the preseason.

It also might be worth noting that as Considine walked into the locker room yesterday afternoon alongside backup safety Quintin Mikell - the guy some observers think should be a starter - Considine and Mikell seemed to be exactly the same height. Mikell is listed at 5-10, 206.

Three pro Considine articles in one day? Oh yes, the Eagles want you to know just how they feel about their starting strong safety. Although Reuben Frank seemed to find a different angle. Eagles expect Mikell to contribute on defense

Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson made two things clear Thursday: 1) Sean Considine is still the starter at strong safety, and 2) Mikell will get more playing time on defense than he ever has.

"I'm excited about it," Mikell said. "I love playing special teams. I really do. But I'm at the time of my life where I should be trying to change over to doing more on defense. I'm not exactly sure how they're going to use me or what packages I'll be in, but I'm looking forward to being on the field more."

So I suppose we've heard the message loud and clear. The Eagles think Sean Considine is "pretty darn good." I'm still waiting to see it, and I'm also waiting to see more of Q Mikell.

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