Lots of questions yesterday and I simply didn’t have time to answer them all. I’ll address them here. First, I just put up a new post at ScoutsNotebook. The RT for Auburn is the kind of blocker I think Howard Mudd could like quite a bit. I didn’t write up notes on the LT from Washington because I just watched a bit of him yesterday, but he could be an Eagles type. Not sure with him, but he got my attention. I’m trying to find us some mid-round OL for depth, assuming we lose Winston and/or King Dunlap.
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What happens if Marty gets a HC gig? The easy thing would be to hire Brad Childress to come back as the OC. He and Andy remain good friends. Childress needs to get back in the game. If Brad goes elsewhere, the Eagles could promote David Culley. He’s been the WR coach for the Reid era, but in recent years has gotten more involved in designing gameplans. I do not think the Eagles would go outside the organization.
Will Jamar Chaney’s injury affect him for 2012? I have no idea. Neck injuries are never a good thing for a LB. That is a collision position. The surgery was “successful” so that certainly sounds good. Whether the injury affects Chaney on the field or his ability to get back on the field remains to be seen.
Instead of Luke Kuechly, shouldn’t the Eagles address MLB in free agency? That would be fine with me. Luke is my favorite player in the draft. I want the Eagles to get him. That doesn’t mean he’s the only answer out there. I would be fine with the Eagles signing a guy like Curtis Lofton to settle MLB for the next 5 years. Or go get a band-aid like London Fletcher for the next 2 years. Then we can use pick 15 on a WR or impact DT or OLB or whatever.
My point is if the Eagles do pass up paying big bucks to a LB in FA, make sure you get Kuechly or some other highly regard prospect in the Top 50. Don’t address MLB with a 3rd round pick. That’s not good enough based on our misses in recent years. If we had a strong track record with mid-rounders, that would be fine. We don’t.
I do think a rookie MLB (who isn’t a project) can play well and have a big impact on the defense.
What is DeSean’s trade value? Asante’s? These are tricky questions. We would have to put the Franchise Tag on DeSean in order to deal him. That means that DeSean and the new team would have to negotiate a long term deal before we could pull off the trade. The fact the new team would be paying him big bucks would lessen the trade value. The fact that there is a strong FA class of receivers and a strong draft class of receivers also hurts DeSean’s value. I don’t know that we’d get a 2nd round pick for him. Possible, but not sure if that’s likely. Sam might be able to address this.
Asante won’t have ideal value because he is older and due big money next year. That said, there are quite a few teams who are desperate for CB help. Initially I thought we’d have to settle for a 3rd round pick, but it won’t shock me to see a good team pony up a late 2nd rounder for Asante. He has his drawbacks, but when he’s happy and on his game, he can be a difference maker. That’s worth something.
Could Jason Campbell be a backup QB target? Absolutely. And he would be a good fit. He’s been a solid starter in the past. He’s played in the West Coast Offense since his days at Auburn. He would be much more natural in our offense than VY. I’ll write up a full post on the QB situation. Sorta complicated.
Could the Eagles still be planning to make a move at DC? It is possible, but as I wrote last night…don’t change for the sake of it. Only make a move if you’re making a clear upgrade. I don’t know if hiring Todd Bowles or Jack Del Rio to come in and run the defense would be a clear upgrade…for 2012. Remember, Andy needs to win now. Bowles would be a better long term move, but it might take a while for the guys to adapt to his ideas. Wade Phillips was able to get the Texans turned around quickly, but he’s a veteran coach who knows how to teach his system. I’m not sure there is a veteran coach who can teach his system that’s available. Am I missing someone?
Maybe there is a shocking move in store, but I sure can’t come up with any good ideas. It really does seem like Juan will be the guy in 2012. My only hesitation is that Andy hasn’t called a PC to come out and announce that. Then again, he could simply be waiting until they hire a CBs coach so that he can kill 2 birds with one stone. This is where trying to read the Eagles moves/non-moves can lead you to paralysis by analysis. And heavy drinking.
Is Juan good enough? This discussion really needs to take place after Andy’s PC when we know who the entire staff is and we can accurately evaluate the situation.
Marques Colston vs DeSean…who ya got? As I wrote for PE..com this week, we saw the value of physical WRs last week. Demaryius Thomas, Hakeem Nicks, Anquan Boldin, Andre Johnson…those guys played well in the postseason. I’d rather give big money to a big WR.
Before I can say Colston is a player we should specifically target, I’d have to do research on his age and durability. Those things factor in when deciding who to give a big contract to.
Why has the Red Zone defense been so awful the last 2 years? That is a great question. I wish I had a definitive answer. I don’t. I’d love to go back and study some games to see what the problems were. That might have to wait for after the draft. Fixing RZ defense is critical.
Draft stuff…Could Nigel Bradham or Bruce Irvin be targets for SAM? Bradham couldn’t get off a block if you gave him a sledgehammer, forklift, and 2 skunks. Athletic guy, but really struggles to deal with blockers. Irvin is a pass rusher. No interest in him at SAM.
If you want a big SAM, go for Audie Cole. Played MLB at NC State this year, but was OLB in the past. 6’4, 245. Legit size.