Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 63 Comments »

I must be doing a poor job of expressing myself.  I continually find myself in small arguments that we shouldn’t be having.

I do think the 8-8 season has everyone on edge.  People aren’t happy unless you are ready to be hyper-critical.  That’s not my personality.  Never has been.  I’m a glass half-full guy, for better or worse.  Anyway, here goes…

The defense, as is, isn’t good enough.  

I thought I’d made this clear, but some people don’t feel that way so I’m stating it plain and obvious.  Where I differ with a lot of people is that I think the defense is mostly okay.  I think we need a good MLB in place.  Not just a new guy, but a flat out good player.  This can be a quality veteran acquired through trade or free agency.  It can be a Top 50 draft pick.  We need someone who has the skill set to play right away and offer immediate impact.

I think we need a more talented OLB.  I’d prefer to add a SAM and leave Rolle alone, but I’m open to anything at this point in regard to LB.  I don’t care if the player is big or small, athletic or strong.  Just get me someone talented.  Having an athlete who could make plays would be nice.  Having a rugged guy who can get to the ball and make lots of tackles would be fine as well.

I like the DL as is.  If the right player is available, I’m always for adding someone, but I do like the group we have in place.

At CB, I want Asante dealt and someone drafted (early as 2nd Rd, could be 4th or 5th Rd).

At Safety, I like the 3 guys we have in place.  I’m open to change if there is an upgrade available. I just think too many people mistake change for upgrade when it comes to S.  That’s a position where players develop.  We do have an opening for a 4th player.  I’d like to have a bigger body added to the mix.  That could be a veteran who would fight for a job or a mid-round draft pick.  Jaiquawn Jarrett might turn out to be a good player, but he was a major disappointment on Sunday and that doesn’t leave me feeling great about him.  He can’t be counted on to be a starter next year.  He can earn the job with a strong offseason/TC/preseason.

As for DC…I remain torn.  I’m fine with adding a veteran coach, but I don’t know about adding a young guy to replace Juan.  We just went through 2011 where he learned on the job.  Do I want another young coach learning in 2012?

The one thing that has me hesitant about firing Juan is that the defense did get better.  I’m not talking about the final 4 games.  The 2nd half of the season was better.  Really, things got much better the moment that Jarrad Page was benched.

Did Juan learn enough in 2011 to do a consistently good job in 2012?   I’m sure many people will scream NO!!! as loud as possible, but I think it is a reasonable question.

We know the defense got better as the season moved along.  Did Juan, or was he just a beneficiary of the talent playing better?  That is also a reasonable question.

I’m all for adding Spags in some way, shape, or form.  I like his track record and the fact he was here during the peak years.

I do value continuity so that’s something that has to be factored in.  Too much change isn’t good for young players.

We must have serious help at LB.  The Eagles need some depth/help in the secondary.  And there is the huge question of coaching.  Maybe Juan goes.  Maybe an assistant goes.  Maybe someone is brought in and added to the group.  The Eagles ought to find a way to beef up the coaching staff.

The defense has potential, but still needs help.  And the defense must improve if the 2012 season is to meet our expectations.

63 Comments on “Clarity”

  1. 1 Andrew Campanano said at 1:26 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Given the fact that the bears elevated Tice to be the OC, that leaves them with an opening for an OL coach. Do you think that’s Juan’s ticket out of philly? Hate to see a company man leave like that, but Juan knew there were risks when moving to be our DC. Assuming he leaves for the Bears, that’ll open the flood gates for the Spag’s talk.

  2. 2 Anonymous said at 1:46 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I don’t think Juan wants to leave. He loves Philly and the Eagles. He likes coaching defense. I honestly wonder if he’d go for a college job on defense before returning to be an OL coach in the NFL. Would be interesting to know.

  3. 3 Sam Lynch said at 1:55 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Iowa’s DC job is still open ……

  4. 4 Anonymous said at 2:00 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    True. Juan could coach his son. Although, I don’t think his son has played much so that could be very awkward.

  5. 5 Anonymous said at 1:27 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I completely agree on the DC question. I hear too many people want to make a change just to make a change. He shouldn’t have been hired so firing him now will correct that mistake.

    I don’t think so. Unless there is an upgrade, firing him may be just a second mistake to compound the first mistake.

    Perhaps I misread this, but my feeling during the season is that most of the players had Castillo’s back. That means something. If you lose the locker room, then it doesn’ matter if you are Buddy Ryan, you already lost. But if he locker room believes in you, then you already have a better chance of succeeding than 2/3 of the NFL.

    There is nothing new in the NFL. There is only getting the players to commit to your scheme, whatever it is.

    That is not to say that experience doesn’t count for something, because it does, but experience does not always equal success.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 1:42 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    The only way to be cool is to rip the eagles in ways that make no sense. Say stuff like “gold standard” and talk about how much u hate that Andy doesn’t scream and pound the table at his PC’s. Talk about how we are the worst at drafting. Just talk like u r miserable, then u can hang out with the cool Philly guys.

    And rip them for stuff and once u are proven wrong just move on to another rip. Remember how bad of a trade it was to send a 1st Rd pk for peters? Andy actually said the words “best tackle in football” in the PC. I heard that clip played over and over when peters struggled in the beginning. Now how many 1st rounders u think it would take to get peters who IS the best tackle in football?

  7. 7 Anonymous said at 2:36 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I agree to your comments…but does that mean you do not rip the team for its mistakes – especially the bone headed ones they have made and continually make…everyone knew it was going to be a shortened off season and Castillo gets the job as DC….I agree hes a great guy but in a shortened season like this would have made more sense to get him to coach the LB’s or Secondary or a Quality Control Defensive post and let him learn…the LB situation has been a bad one for a few years now…still did not get addressed…instead we picked steve smith….the drafting has been less than desired but agree, we will know in the next couple of years – but does not look promising (especially with so many draft picks no longer with the team)….Vick instead of progressing seems to have regressed – banking too much on the big play and his athletic ability…Special Teams – other than Landri blocking a FG, I cant recall anything else of note…yeah people say Alex Henery is a great kicker…did he make any clutch kicks to win us a game yet?? Nope…has he made any kicks over 50 yards..I dont think so…in all 3 phases of the game this year have not been great overall….now we hear rumors that roseman was offered a 2nd round pick for asante and wanted a first rounder??

  8. 8 Anonymous said at 3:01 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Couple of STs things…
    We blocked 2 FGs this year.
    Henery did kick a 51-yd FG vs Dallas.
    Henry got better as a P as the season moved along.
    Punt coverage was great when Colt Anderson was healthy.

    There is plenty to be critical of. We’re coming off an 8-8 season. We had a 1-4 start and didn’t make the playoffs. This isn’t anywhere close to being a perfect team. Lots of stuff can be criticized.

    The argument I’ve made is to be smart about criticizing the team. This isn’t the time for ranting and emotional venting. We’re in the postseason. Let’s be analytical and find real problems that can be solved/addressed.

  9. 9 Anonymous said at 3:56 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Tommy this is not against you – plus I am just ranting and raving….You can put as much spin as you like all 3 phases of the team including coaching was bad and underachieved…and since you brought up ST’s…April was brought in with high expectations…how many times did ST win a game for us this season or get us a great field position when it was a real close game….I maybe wrong but I don’t remember any….the missed FG’s in the SFO game stick out and the ill fated attempted pass…also is it only me who thinks that Andy babied the kicker for FG’s…the same faith that he had in Akers he did not show in the rookie…I agree completely with you to be smart about criticizing the team but to think that the issues were fixed in the last 4 games is not true at all…

  10. 10 Anonymous said at 4:13 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    No one is spinning anything. STs was very up and down.

    DeSean had key PR in Giants game that helped us win.
    DeSean had key fumble vs Bears that helped us lose.
    Missed FGs killed us vs SF.
    KOR was barely any help at all this year.
    Andy didn’t let Akers kick many 50 yd FGs. He kicked more in SF than his last few years here combined.

    PR – not good enough
    KOR – not good
    P Covg – very good for most of year
    KO Covg – up and down
    FGs – very good after SF game
    P – inconsistent, but improved. 50 yds per punt in finale

    There’s work to be done, but the young kickers finished up strong. That bodes well for next year.

    PR is a question.
    Just signed Mardy Gilyard to help in KOR battle.

    Facts. See. No one is hiding anything.

  11. 11 Anonymous said at 4:44 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    STs –
    Didn’t we also block a field goal in the preseason?

    Henery had a very good season given his opportunities. He had one lousy game were he missed two kicks from 30-39 yards and another miss in a separate game on a meaningless 60 yard kick. Other than that, he was a perfect 24-24 and did a quality job. That being said, AustinMax’s point I think is still valid. He hasn’t had to make any clutch kicks that I can recall and he has only kicked a handful of long FGs (4-4 from 40-49 and 1-2 from 50+). I certainly wouldn’t say he has done anything to suggest he can’t make those types of kicks, and I would certainly wouldn’t label him as a concern, but I still think he has some things yet to prove (and considering he was a rookie, that’s not unreasonable).

    As for Henry, his average was 43.2 yards/kick which was 30th in the league. His net average was a lot better at 40.7 yards/kick which ranked 15th in the league. I’m not sure if the difference in ranking for average vs. net average is by design (don’t out kick the coverage so that we can make a quick stop on the return) or due to quality coverage units, but I do hope they at least bring in some competition next year for Henry.

    It’s a shame that Colt Anderson suffered his injury. I think he will have a hard time returning at full strength next season meaning we will have to find a quality special teams player to replace him.

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 3:57 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I don’t mean to sound like they r perfect. I got no issue w being critical. I don’t like just like i don’t like the people that just rip for no reason. That’s why I love this site.

    I want Juan to go. I don’t go crazy about it saying he must go just because I always feel like Andy knows more than I do. I hated when they picked Juan. I feel Andy might b too loyal to Juan. Main Reason I don’t want him back is cuz nnamdi said the players helped Juan along the way. I just hope the players buy into him if we do keep him. if players don’t buy in or start doing their own thing, we will have a similar d.

  13. 13 Mac said at 2:46 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I’m telling you guys,

    Andy Reid is the “honey badger” of head coaches. He just doesn’t give a shit. He takes what he wants because he’s badass.

    Watch the video and imagine that Ray Diddy is some rat and Baldy is a cobra and you will understand. It’s very Zen.

  14. 14 Alex Karklins said at 3:32 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Eww! Larva? That’s so nasty . . .

  15. 15 Anonymous said at 3:38 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Dude Reid is def the honey badger, u can run ur mouth all u want but Reid just don’t give a Fu$!

  16. 16 ChowderFACE said at 2:52 PM on January 6th, 2012:


    I have not seen much of Zach Brown but do you think he could be another Ernie Sims? Or do you think he actually has instincts?

  17. 17 Anonymous said at 3:42 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    He’s got much better feel for the game than Ernie, but Zach doesn’t have great instincts. He’s an athlete playing LB. He is a gifted athlete.

    Don’t watch his bowl game, though. Was terrible, especially early on.

  18. 18 Anonymous said at 3:04 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Keep Juan and get him an assistant DC to help him when he gets confused unless Spags can come in and work within the scheme/personnel. A system-wide change, despite the quality of the coach, would piss off players by making them learn another system. Period. Juan would’ve been gone if he was following JJ, but after Sean McD debacle, he’s going to have to screw up badly and get fired mid-season next year. Reid is taking so long because he’s looking for someone who is willing to work with Juan as DC.

  19. 19 vday said at 3:09 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Tommy if Luke Kuechly stays in school this year, do you think the FO can package a trade for a good linebacker say Demeco Ryans or any other LB around his level for Asante and 3rd and 5th and 6th rounder

  20. 20 Anonymous said at 3:47 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    There are some good choices in FA. I don’t know if trading for Ryans would be the best move. We’ll talk about the different guys in the coming weeks. AustinFan put out a list of some of them a few posts back.

    It isn’t Kuechly or bust. We do have options.

  21. 21 Anonymous said at 4:08 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    The other thing to remember is the Eagles played 2 rookies and 2 second year players at LB coming off the lockout. I don’t think Jordan or Fokou have upside, but the other four could surprise with a full off season. As down as we’ve all been on Chaney, he was at SLB in TC and the first two games, then switched to MLB in a new defensive scheme on the fly, you’d figure his head would be spinning. He’s not a naturally instinctive player, but he’s not a total dunderhead either, Dawk wasn’t exactly Mr. Defense his first two years, he could hit, but was also out of position a lot. Chaney might have hit his peak, or might blossom with a full off season of reps and coaching.

    So the point isn’t to completely remake the LB corp, rather, bring in one “proven” talent, and maybe another veteran, some later round picks and UDFAs, and force the kids to prove themselves worthy of starter status or at least a roster spot. So don’t think in terms of landing Urlacher and Briggs, a veteran like Spikes a few years ago or Dhani (in Cincy playing MLB) could do a lot to stabilize this group.

    Ideally they’d like to land Hawthorne, Luke and another LB, realistically they may have to settle for Goff/Grant, Lawson/Erin Henderson and a 3rd rd pick. Too many moving parts right now (like is Luke coming out, who will teams resign or franchise, etc.).

  22. 22 Anonymous said at 5:43 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I’ve been proposing this thought for awhile now. I’m an Eagles fan living in Houston, and the thought here is that DeMeco doesn’t fit the 3-4 like he did when their defense was a 4-3. He is still great, but not the beast he was in 4-3. Plus, they have young players that have stood out at LB due to injury (Barwin, Reed, Braman), still have Mario Williams and Darryl Sharpton on IR and both will be healthy next year, and still have Cushing and DeMeco on top of all those LBs. Jonathan Joseph has been great for them this year, but they still can’t solidify their other CB spot (Kareem Jackson and Jason Allen splitting time). I hope that weak CB spot of theirs get torched in the playoffs, so they will be desperate for a veteran CB (Asante) this offseason. That is where the trade for DeMeco could be a possibility. Asante seems like a great teammate, and could really help Kareem Jackson become a better CB (in everything but tackling). I don’t want a rookie starting at MLB for us next year (Kuechly or otherwise). If at all possible, bring in DeMeco!

  23. 23 Jeppe Elmelund van Ee said at 3:45 PM on January 6th, 2012:


    I find it that you are almost always balanced in your writing, the most balanced anyway. That’s why I know that many of us enjoy reading your stuff the most. I’ve been a fan since 2005, but only a hardcore one for the last two years. In the beginning I mostly read the stuff on from DS (who I’ve almost stopped reading) and other fanblogs as footballsfuture etc.

    There is no question in my mind that you change the way I am able to be a fan. Of course you have flaws, but again – you seem to balance everything out and at least try to be as objective as possible. Thank you!

    On another note, I’ve tried to make an off-season mock (it’s long and not fitting for this post), where I cut Justice, Dunlap and J. Jackson. That left me with Peters, Mathis, Kelce, Watkins, Herremans and Vandervelde at the O-line.

    I hadn’t thought of it before, but we seem to need a lot of new blood here! I was thinking via draft because of the relatively high age of our current starters. But at the same time, not high picks. We need someone mid to late draftees that Mudd can develop.

    I’ve read good things about OG/C Will Blackwell (6-4, 290, LSU) and OG/C Adam Gettis (6-4, 280, Iowa). Do they fit the bill? They are athletic players whose strengths are pass pro. Or is there someone else that you love?

    IF we pick one early I want Zebrie Sanders out of FSU!

  24. 24 Anonymous said at 4:17 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I really would like the Eagles to move Juan out of the DC position. I dont need him fired. He can be relocated. I think an experienced defensive coordinator is going to do a world of good even in the small areas. I think defensive drafting will be better. I think game calling can get a little more consistant and the players will appreciate “the experienced coach” which will affect their play.

    Linebacker position we are all in agreement needs a complete overhaul with true athletic instinct players. This is a pivitol year for the corps. We have had so many different linebackers over the years and its time we start building a legacy in the LB.

    Safety I think we need one good solid veteran. I am not counting out Nate or Coleman but let them fight to earn the job in camp and into the season. A veteran presence of a good player (not a page) will do wonders I think in our secondary.

    And clearly bringing Vick back to Qb basics is very important if we are going to be a force next season: do your reads stay in the pocket run when necessary. Make them fear Vicks passing again.

    Overall, I would like us not to go into next season with so many question marks and “possibilities” (or projects).

  25. 25 Anonymous said at 4:22 PM on January 6th, 2012:


    I know it’s early, but are there any LBs in Div-II or Div-III whom you’d take a flyer on in the draft?

    On the topic of small college guys . . . were you surprised that DT Thornton wasn’t drafted last year? His measurables seem great. How many guys his size can move like him? Rolling the dice with a 6th or 7th rounder would seem to have made sense for a lot of teams.

    Why don’t more teams do that? Instead of throwing their 7th rounder at some undersized or slow Div I player?

  26. 26 R G said at 5:44 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Makes me wonder of Janzen Jackson S, is coming out. If his personal problems are past him I would love to take a flyer on him. He was pretty darn good at UT before he got dismissed. They could have used him this year.

    Janoris Jenkins CB, was a great prospect at Florida before he got dismissed for smoking weed. I wonder if he may sneak into the end of the first round.

    Whatcha think Tommy?

  27. 27 Thorin McGee said at 4:27 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Tommy, the problem is people want someone to PAY! We were 8-8 with a team that we through was going to go 19-0, and god damnit, they want to see someone get the blame for that.

    Now that is a terrible, emotional way to make decisions. But it’s also why you’re catching so much heat. A lot of people in this town just want someone to pay for what happened this season, and if you’re not with them, you should be in line for the guillotine too.

    Darth Vader force-choked underlings for failure, but the Empire lost those movies, and that’s a lesson you can take to any endeavor anywhere. If you fire/hang/force choke anyone who fails, you find out real quick you blew the brains out of your operation, because good people fail all the time. That’s how you figure out what you should be doing.

  28. 28 Mac said at 6:48 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    It could be said that the end of the football season is the Yom Kippur of Philadelphia… The people gather at the temple (aka weblogs) and await what the high priest (Lurie/ReidBanner) will decide with regard to who will be the goat (recent memory recalls one McDermott) who will be sent into the wilderness carrying the sins of the franchise.

    Does that sound about right?

  29. 29 Anonymous said at 7:09 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Some good news on the draft, Kuechly is declaring. I know there was some doubt.

  30. 30 Mac said at 7:24 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I saw a draft preview today that had him going @ 11…

  31. 31 Anonymous said at 7:33 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    It’s a possibility, hopefully he’ll be there at 15 there’s still a long way to go until the draft. It’s still a little early.

  32. 32 James Reynolds said at 8:27 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Eagles have plenty of picks available to move up, but getting him at 15 and actually using both 2nd rounders would be great.

  33. 33 Mac said at 12:33 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    Yeah, it’s really interesting… that draft preview had him rated significantly higher than Burfict (due to the likelihood that Kuechly will minimally be a solid starter rather than a potential bust)

    It gets a bit maddening looking ahead to the draft so early because things change so much. Guys that Tommy pegs as solid 2nd or 3rd rounders become discovered by other scouts and start rising up draft boards. That’s part of the reason I love Tommy’s site so much. He really has a nose for talent.

  34. 34 Jason Afong said at 8:12 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Would moving Chaney back to SAM be an option? I honestly don’t remember him being anything special there, but it was only 2 games and it was vital to have him back at MLB. I remember the reasoning for having him SAM made sense, better speed and athleticism at position. I think ideally, draft Kuechly for MLB, have Rolle/Chaney OLB, Nickel Matthews and Clayton.

  35. 35 Steven Dileo said at 8:19 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Janoris Jenkins or Quintin Coples?

  36. 36 Cliff Hall said at 9:36 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    I think you’ve made yourself very clear. People just aren’t READING what you write. I’m sure this emotional phase will pass as the daily national football attention comes to a close after the Super Bowl.

  37. 37 Anonymous said at 10:53 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Sorry you’re going to lose Jayron Hosley and David Wilson to the NFL.

    Logan Thomas is an impressive QB.

  38. 38 the guy said at 1:24 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Have you studied him?

    I realize I asked you before, but since he runs like Tebow I worry he’ll throw like Tebow.

  39. 39 Anonymous said at 10:59 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Much better passer than Tebow. With a strong Senior season, Logan Thomas could be legit QB prospect.

  40. 40 Liam Garrett said at 9:52 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Tommy, we all believe in being balanced when pointing out the Eagle’s myriad of faults, but I think a lot of us wish you would stop saying that Juan made the defense perfect and that they finished the season like an elite team. Stop it, Tommy.

    GOTCHA!!!! Just kidding. Yeah, sports fans aren’t known for their attention to nuance. Keep up the good work, anyway, bro. We appreciate ya.

  41. 41 Anonymous said at 10:13 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Anyone watching the Cotton Bowl? Eagles prospects:

    ARK DE Jake Bequette – 91 – Already has sack, FF.
    ARK WR Joe Adams – 3 – Already has PR TD. Explosive.
    ARK WR Jarius Wright – 4- Already had long TD catch. Fast, fluid.

    I’m also interested in a couple of ARK DBs. Interesting team.

  42. 42 Anonymous said at 12:00 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Tommy…what do u think of #24 on KSU? He was playing CB, JUCO kid who had 7 INTs on the year?

  43. 43 Anonymous said at 12:08 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Malone. Jr that I don’t expect to come out. Didn’t pay him much attention. I really focus on Seniors, elite Juniors.

  44. 44 Anonymous said at 11:15 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Bequette looked like he has wide 9 potential.

  45. 45 Anonymous said at 10:26 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Tommy, your writing has been plenty clear, and in many ways better this year than ever (hmmmm….maybe a kind of bounceback from a shortlived Dreamteam at Igglesblog? Could bode well for the Eagles…).

    But you ducked my question about PBR and Red White & Blue. I understand: it’s a disgrace to admit drinking RW&B. But sometimes when you’re poor and in college…

  46. 46 Anonymous said at 10:37 PM on January 6th, 2012:

    Never have had RW&B. Is it still around or is that old stuff?

    And I will drink anything that isn’t flavored (cherry wheat pale ale) or malt liquor. Tried that stuff, but just don’t care for it…until I’ve knocked back 8 or 10 to kill my taste buds.

  47. 47 Anonymous said at 7:52 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Old, and evidently gone. A very bad beer.

  48. 48 Anonymous said at 8:44 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Tommy, let me focus on the LB situation. Now that Luke Kuechly has declared for the Draft, it would appear that he is the ideal Round 1 target for the Birds (whether at pick 15 or after a trade down at pick 20-25). If we leave Rolle in place at WIl, then how do you feel about SAM alternatives that would result in the following three options for starters? 1) Vontase Burfict – Kuechly – Rolle, 2) Ronell Lewis – Kuechly – Rolle, or 3) London Fletcher – Kuechly – Rolle?

    It has been said that the character issues for Burfict are addressable if Burfict has a strong mentor like Ray Lewis. Obviously we don’t have Ray Ray here in Philadelphia, but one can wonder whether London Fletcher has the qualities to be that kind of mentor for Vontase. Clearly Fletcher’s age works against him, but one or two years of value both as a player and as a veteran presence with the young LBs may be valuable.

    Taking Kuechly in Round 1 and then coming right back in Round 2 for Lewis or Burfict means other positions go short in the Draft. DT is one of those positions. My personal thoughts on DT are that we should not draft a DT, but rather re-sign Landri and sign Jason Jones in Free Agency. Jones is only 25 years old, and has already been productive in Washburn’s scheme. Given the small window we are going to have Washburn, I think Jones is a better option than a draftee. That gives us a DT depth chart of Jenkins – Patterson – Landri – Jones – Dixon – Thornton, with trading Dixon being a possible option.

    What are your thoughts on all the above?

  49. 49 Anonymous said at 10:36 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    What makes you think Fletcher is leaving Redskins Park? I would be shocked if they let him leave. He is the heart and soul of that defense, and they have no back-up plan…

  50. 50 Anonymous said at 5:34 PM on January 7th, 2012:


    Contract details: 2011: $4.9 million, 2012: Free Agent. In addition to his $4.9 million base salary, Fletcher is due a $100,000 workout bonus in the 2011 offseason.

    London Fletcher once again led the Washington Redskins in tackles, from solo tackles to assists. He was tied for second place on the team with 2.5 sacks. Fletcher defended 11 passes and even came up with an interception.

    For 11 straight years, Fletcher has turned in at least 116 tackles per year, reaching a high of 157 tackles with the Buffalo Bills in 2005. According to a story in the Sacramento Bee, it was Fletcher that led the Redskins to have organized workouts in April and May.

    Fletcher was named to the Pro Bowl team each of the last two years while a member of the Redskins. During the decade of 2000-2009, Fletcher led the entire NFL in tackles with 1,244. He continues to be the heart and soul of the Redskins defense, and that is why he is their most important player.

  51. 51 Anonymous said at 5:42 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    Umm…so we agree that London is a great player for the skins…? Again, not sure why you think the Redskins will let him leave. They will do everything they can to re-sign him. I guarantee he is wearing burgandy and gold next year…

  52. 52 Anonymous said at 10:31 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    Breakin, as I read the information provided, his last contract year is 2011 and is a UFA. He can go wherever he wants to go.

  53. 53 Anonymous said at 11:19 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    I doubt the Eagles will even have Burfict on their draft board. He seems to lack the discipline and instincts for a 4-3, will probably end up in a 3-4 in a part-time role.

    They will be looking at SLB and MLB types, they have fast undersized WLB guys already on the roster (Rolle, Clayton, Chaney might be best there), and will only go with one of them if it’s a big upgrade.

    However, they’ll go FA first, there should be lots of candidates, at worst, at least some solid veterans to add depth.

    Don’t assume the current LBs won’t improve with a full offseason, I wouldn’t want to stay pat, but we’re talking a lot of young athletes who missed OTAs and were adjusting to a new scheme, growing pains are normal in those circumstances.

  54. 54 Mac said at 12:39 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    Few things are more maddening than stopping a team on 3rd down, but having it overturned by a 15 yd personal foul…ugh… yeah

  55. 55 Mac said at 12:40 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    My concern is that Kuechly’s value will increase. I think at this point it’s a pretty safe bet that he is going in the top 15 unless he has a horrible time with measurables at the combine at it looks like his “upside” potential is limited.

  56. 56 James Coe said at 2:05 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    Kendall Reyes might be worth some consideration if he looks like falling to the mid-3rd. Any DT that can do this is probably athletic enough for our system :p

  57. 57 Anonymous said at 3:52 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    I like how Ray “Accessory to Double Murder” Lewis has become synonymous with “strong mentor.”

    Aren’t the issues with Burfict more about inconsistency than character? One is bad enough, but a guy with rocks for brains who also takes half the game off seems like an enormous project and risk. Further, I’m not sure you want to start two rookies (one with character/motivation issues) at linebacker if you have designs on playoffs/Super Bowl.

    Also – as an additional angle – when your boss suggests you’ve got one year to right the ship, would you roll the dice on this guy?

  58. 58 Anonymous said at 5:37 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    Regarding you “boss” comment, I really don’t think Lurie has gotten that far. Suggestion to right the ship . . . absolutely. Only one year to do it . . . not from what I heard.

  59. 59 Anonymous said at 11:24 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Luke is entering the draft!!!!!…..skeet skeet!!

  60. 60 Anonymous said at 11:30 AM on January 7th, 2012:

    Damn shame Tulluch is on a one year deal with the lions or Howie might have said Asante for Tulluch straight up. Worth a shot!?! Then we could draft Zack Brown. Rolle/Tulluch/brown would get a lot of panties wet…specifically Tommy’s.

  61. 61 Mac said at 12:37 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    With the subtractions of VY, Steve Smith, and our boy Ronnie “backwards pass” Brown… we should have some cap room I would assume to wave some green at Mr. Tulloch.

  62. 62 Anonymous said at 1:15 PM on January 7th, 2012:

    And Asante and Jamal Jackson. Evan Mathis is a priority to resign too.

  63. 63 Anonymous said at 11:39 AM on January 7th, 2012:


    Is Jerry Franklin (ARK – MLB) not on your board as someone the Eagles should be considering?