“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” -Mike Vick
The Eagles did a lot of locking up their own players this offseason with the signings of Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. They’ve also departed with their third Jason in Avant, who’s release gave the Eagles over three million in cap room. So here’s what the Eagles are looking like in a few major areas going into free agency, which starts on March 11th.
- Mike Vick
- Nate Allen
- Kurt Coleman
- Colt Anderson
- Clifton Geathers
- Donnie Jones
The first thing that comes to my mind is that this list is fantastic for the Eagles because the primary target here is the punter. Sure, I’m a strong supporter of Vick returning as a backup, but until he tests the market there’s simply no chance that he signs a deal. For the rest of the group the problem is that while some of these guys could possibly be signed as reserve roles there’s really no upside.
For example, Colt Anderson isn’t turning into a starting caliber safety at this point in his career. The Eagles are better off signing youth and drafting replacements in the secondary to build up their special teams and overall depth. It’s the smartest route and most cost effective route. Speaking of which…
The NFL combine is underway and one of the most common practices is comparing the prospects to current pros. Often times, those players are compared to Pro Bowlers and Hall of Fame caliber players. One of the most recent cases has been Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel being compared to Brett Favre.
Favre’s gambling ways earned him a Super Bowl, 11 Pro Bowls, three MVPs, six All Pro selections and a number of records over his 20 year career. Manziel, like his legendary counterpart, has electrified crowds on his way to a Heisman trophy, two bowl game victories, a slew of awards, and the status as a top pick in the draft.
So what did Favre say about the comparison? In an interview with USA Today Favre said when he was reviewing Manziel’s tape, “I almost thought I was watching film of a young Brett Favre.” So obviously, the connection isn’t too farfetch’d. In fact, I find this link to the past eerily similar.
Here’s what we’re talking about:
- A great deal has been revealed about a man named Incognito, and the irony is too much for us to handle.
- We’re joined by longtime friend Ray McC* for our baffled response to the NFL’s latest, strangest controversy.
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This comment was from Ryan MacWilliams in regards to my article about the Seattle Seahawks changing the NFL culture.
My question is, do you think this change immediately impacts the 2014 NFL Draft? Last year it seemed like this year’s draft was going to be the YEAR OF THE QUARTERBACK but now it seems like the Texans are going to take Clowney with the first pick.
Are more teams going to draft defense (or lineman to protect against great defenses) and sit on the QB-WR-RB position until later rounds?
First off, thanks for the question and going through the article. Much appreciated.
Now to answer you, I do think it will have an immediate impact on the draft though it will be more subtle for now. The main change for this year will be related to buzzwords surrounding defensive backs.
I’m expecting that we’ll hear a ton about length, physicality, and ability to press cover compared to what has previously been valued. Primarily the past emphasis has been on ball skills, recovery speed, and fluidity. While in part it has to do with Seattle’s secondary as whole, it’s also related to the passing torch from Darrelle Revis to Richard Sherman.
Now you bring up Bill O’Brien and the Texans leaning towards Jadaveon Clowney, which is what really got me geared up to do this as a separate post. Because an obvious case in history here is just a few years back in time–2006 specifically–when the Texans had a debate between drafting Mario Williams or Reggie Bush.
With only one more meaningful football game left in the 2013-14 NFL season, 30 teams are already beginning the process of shaping their team for next season. The goal is to make sure that your franchise is not in the same position 365 days from today.
To accomplish that goal, the Philadelphia Eagles will have to build upon a season that exceeded the expectations of almost every expert, and perhaps even those of members of the team. Hats off to you if you predicted a 10-6 season and a division championship under first year coach Chip Kelly. You were definitely one of very few.
Regardless of the unexpected outcome, Philadelphia fans and media will adjust accordingly. The expectations next year will undoubtedly rise and rightfully so. The Eagles did many things, especially on the offensive side, that should have fans excited about this team’s future. However, if you want to build upon the growth of this past season, you need a plan. That plan has to be aimed at filling as many holes on this team as possible.
Here is a look at the Eagles’ checklist for this offseason with a few potential suggestions of how to accomplish the goals.
Everyone expected a great day of football and the NFL delivered. We’ll be getting the perfect match-up of the unstoppable force vs the immovable object. Denver vs Seattle for the Super Bowl.
There’s so much to say about what went down this weekend (The Pats finally unable to overcome their injuries, another glaring example of imperfect rules, and questions on Kaepernick) but the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this weekend is this amazing interview after the Seattle/San Francisco game.
Guys, I have a confession. As you might suspect (because it’s the title and all) I love Richard Sherman. I love him so much that I honestly don’t know where to begin…
I guess I’ll start where all love starts. It’s physical. Thanks to a combination of things like improved nutrition, specialized training, and Chinese programs to breed super-people we’re seeing positions evolve in football.
Tight end has changed from an extension of the offensive line to a receiving nightmare, quarterbacks are expected to literally run the offense, and apparently guys are listed on their roster as being “offensive weapons“. But since a golden age of safeties in the early 2000′s there hasn’t been much evolution on the defensive side of the ball.
Enter Richard Sherman.
There’s been a decent amount of buzz recently about the Eagles wide receivers since the (still kind of frustrating) loss to the Saints.
First, DeSean Jackson claimed that he deserves a new contract after being into the second year of a five year deal. Then he went back on those comments after he claims that the media blew things out of proportion. Here’s the quote by the way:
“Hopefully, we can work something out that’s fair for the both of us. I definitely feel it’s deserving [...] I’ve proven [it] after this past year with no distractions and really put it all in for my team and had a lot of success, so we’ll see how it goes.”
That sounds like a guy who wants a new deal to me. Especially now that DeSean’s Public Lounge (aka his house) was robbed for nearly half a million dollars.
Then there’s Riley Cooper. The Florida product obliterated his previous career numbers by a wide margin. Conveniently, he was in a contract year and the four year veteran will hit the market at just the right time for a pay day.
Then there’s Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles 2009 first round selection out of Missouri who missed the entire year due to a torn ACL. He’s also just finished the last year of his contract and is slated to be a free agent. However, Maclin, who will be 26 next year, is a bit on the opposite end of the spectrum from DeSean. He understands that contract negotiations will be difficult given his injury.
“I understand it could be a possibility that [the ACL tear] may scare some teams off, or a team may want to do a one-year deal as opposed to a long-term contract. That’s the game, that’s the business.” -Jeremy Maclin
Receivers wanting good money is nothing new in the NFL—no need to pinch me. But what makes all of this fascinating is, of course, Chip Kelly and the front office. I think that the contract situations of these players will be a major indicator of how much the franchise believes in the offensive system.
Well Philadelphia, it’s over, our beloved Philadelphia Eagles 2013 season is officially over. After a heart breaking, last second field goal by the New Orleans Saints propelled them into the divisional round, Eagles fans were left thinking upon the season past.
A rookie coach, an essentially rookie QB, a questionable defense not much was expected out of this team coming into the season coming off a 4-12 from the season prior. I myself said the team would be “successful” with 6-8 wins. If you told me instead they’d go 10-6 and win the NFC east I’d of probably laughed in your face but now that person is laughing at me (and a lot of other people I’m sure.)
Lets break this season down by each side of the ball and the coach while were at it.
Now to be honest I would probably put offense and the coach (Chip Kelly in case you’ve been living under a rock over the past year) in the same category but I’ll keep them separate as much as I can.
One word really describes this offense well: EXPLOSIVE.
The style of offense Kelly had in his brain was in such question at the time of his hire and pre-season I myself starting questioning it. Never really doubted it but questioned it. And man did Kelly prove all the haters wrong. This was the most fun offensive Eagles team probably in franchise history.
And one player in mind for that is of course, Shady McCoy. The RB set franchise records for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage so no question that man will continue to flourish under Kelly.
Along with the official break out of McCoy we also were shown who will likely be leading the Eagles behind center for years to come: Nick Foles. Now I know my buddy and fellow writer for The Cooler Vince will disagree with me in some cases I’m about to say but hey were not here to always agree are we now?
Foles is the present and future of the Eagles. 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, you can’t argue with that kinda stat and say “eh maybe we can get someone in this draft.” No Foles is Chip and Howie Roseman’s guy.
Does he have flaws? Of course no QB doesn’t have flaws. (That’s right ladies, your UGG wearing, eye candy Tom Brady isn’t perfect either.)
Foles needs to learn how to keep come under pressure. He’s great and going through his progressions to find the open man but once he sees no one is open or the pocket collapsing he starts panicking. Generally leading to an intentional grounding or sack.
The guy is a 2nd year QB, still has to go through a full season, and he’s still progressing at the ripe age of 24. Give it time people you’ll see he’s the Eagles guy soon enough.
You know how every person/team/etc. has their Achilles heal? Well this was it for the Eagles (and maybe Alex Henery but I digress)
Roseman and Kelly really need to focus on this side of the ball this coming off season. Especially in the safety position. Patrick Chung should of been cut the minute the Saints made that field goal.
Earl Wolff could be a decent safety but with him out a majority of this season with knee problems we fans just don’t know enough about to be comfortable with him as the every day starter next year. So this is the number 1 priority for our Birds
Front 7 wise I thought the team was solid. Bennie Logan, NT, developed into a solid lineman and again he’s a young gun who will only continue to get better. Connor Barwin, wow just wow, this guy was a warrior, getting great pass rush and when he wasn’t getting there threw his hands up to try and swat that ball down.
Brandon Boykin is probably the only secondary guy I”m 100% comfortable with. Leading the team with 6 interceptions for the 2013 season.
I have full trust in Roseman and Kelly to find the pieces in the secondary and maybe an additional pass rusher this off season to really aid this team come next season.
Really can’t not evaluate the man that is Chip Kelly. This guy is still waving to his haters I think with the completion of his first NFL season.
Well, maybe he isn’t waving, knowing him he’s probably still at the Nova Care Complex working on the depth chart for 2014.
Kelly came into the NFL with quite a few question marks. Mostly how will his offensive schemes work in the NFL.
And well long story short, it works in the NFL.
Kelly has his flaws sure. Challenging plays, getting the points instead of going for it on fourth, etc. But all of these are easily teachable and fixable. Roseman knew what he was doing when he hired this guy to lead the Eagles team.
The future is bright for this team and it’s fans.
Strap in ladies and gents were in for a fun ride the next few years.
P.S. Don’t look now but our Philadelphia Flyers are in 2nd place in the metropolitan and went 4-1 on their road trip but more on that later.
The year has turned, snow is in the air and the music of the playoffs is in our hearts. Our Birds will be making the push to a Superbowl and we decided to chat with our pals over at 3DPhillySports about what could be a cinderella story. Joining us to break down Saturday’s game as well as the league-wide goodness are Derrick Alvarez, Dave Bennett, Randy Jobst. Hank and I give our take as well.
First, the Birds!
The Eagles are in the playoffs! Does this make Chip Kelly Coach of the Year?
Which player on the team (outside of Foles and McCoy) is most pivotal to the team’s success?
Are you happy the Eagles drew the Saints over the 49ers?
How far do you expect the Eagles to go?
Does it bother you seeing Andy Reid in the playoffs?
Which playoff team is the biggest surprise this year?
Which match-up this weekend do you think will be the best game?
You’re making the odds in Vegas: Who’s your favorite to win the Super Bowl?
I’ll stick with my preseason pick, the Seahawks, because of the home-field advantage and their defense, but I’m not very confident in that pick. Hell I’m almost inclined to pick the Eagles here because they protect the football, run the ball well and the
Vince: Seattle. The best complete team in the league with the best home field advantage will likely play in a cold Super Bowl. Not to know Peyton in the cold, but rather I’m knocking the reliance on the passing game in the cold. Seahawks win. The Peyton legacy takes a tough hit. And Marshawn Lynch lives in a house made of skittles.