Saturday Stuff

Posted: January 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 15 Comments »

I’ll put up a post later for the Senior Bowl.  Wanted to cover some other topics for now.

Eagles Nut sent me a link on Twitter that had a good nugget.  This is from a Miami newspaper:

Interim coach Todd Bowles wasn’t offered a position on Philbin’s staff, and there’s talk making the Senior Bowl gossip circuit that Bowles could end up joining the Eagles.

Bowles would come here as the CBs coach.  That would be a terrific move.  We do need a CBs coach and Bowles is an excellent assistant coach.  No word on if anything is truly happening, but gossip at the Senior Bowl is a good sign.  Mobile was full of agents, coaches, and media.  They do a lot of talking.  Stay tuned to see if anything actually comes of this.  I know my fingers are crossed.

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A few people have talked about Mario Williams as a possible offseason target.  I doubt it.  We are paying good money to Trent Cole and Jason Babin.  Williams would require a monster contract.  I don’t think the value is there for us.  He also might get the Tag from Houston so that teams have to trade for him.  I’m not giving up picks and big money for him.

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Another hot topic is drafting Michael Floyd at pick 15.  I’m open to this.  I like Floyd, I’m just not sure how much.  I really wish he’d gone down to the Senior Bowl.  That would have made me a lot more comfortable.  One of my concerns with him is toughness/competitiveness.  I’m not sure how he rates in those areas.  A big WR needs to have a certain personality to take advantage of his size.  I’m just not sure if Floyd is a guy I covet.  I need to watch a lot more tape on him.  He is very talented.  There is no question about that.

One of the reasons I like Mohamed Sanu so much is that he plays like a big WR.  He’s tough.  He can take hits or give them out.  He battles for every pass and every yard.

We had some talk about Kendall Wright yesterday.  Some people were concerned about his size.  Don’t be.  Wright is 5’10, 190.  That’s hardly huge, but he isn’t a finesse receiver.  I made specific notes while watching him about his willingness to fight for yards after the catch.  This guy is not DeSean.  Wright caught at least 50 passes every year at Baylor.  He ran the ball 29, 28, 5, and 10 times in his 4 years.  I don’t think he missed a game.  Tough, durable receiver.  He did miss the Senior Bowl, but he’s dealing with an ankle injury and trying to get that healthy for the Combine and running the “all important” 40.

I wouldn’t be upset at all if the Eagles used pick 15 on him, assuming he’s still on the board when pick 15 rolls around.   Wright has been compared by a few people to Panthers star Steve Smith.  That’s not a bad thing to have on your resume.

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Should the Eagles trade up into the 1st round for another player, since 1st rounders are more likely to be stars?  I don’t have blanket strategies like that.  The key for me is to find players you like and go get them.  If the right guy is on the board and we can move up for him, heck yeah let’s do it.  You just can’t fall into the trap of obsessing on rounds.

Success in the draft is all about players.  Go find the right ones and you’re okay.  Think back to Gang Green.  Reggie was a high pick.  So was Jerome Brown.  Clyde Simmons was a 9th rounder.  Byron Evans and Willie T. were mid-round guys.  Seth was an 8th rounder.  Eric Allen and Wes were early 2nd round guys.  Andre Waters was undrafted.  You need to hit on some late picks, but also need your high picks to pan out if you are building a great unit or great team.

I’m starting to fall in love with some players, but figuring out their value is a whole other story.  That will take time.  Probably need to see them at the Combine to really figure things out.

The Senior Bowl is at 4pm today.  I’ll put up a post for it later.

15 Comments on “Saturday Stuff”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 10:59 AM on January 28th, 2012:

    Quick Senior Bowl recap for those interested.

  2. 2 Joe Taylor said at 11:20 AM on January 28th, 2012:

    I would feel better if Bowles become our DB coach. That way if Juan struggles again next season, we can hand it over to him. He would probably have his fair share of struggles but he’s more suited to be a DC than Juan in my opinon.

    If we keep DeSean, would going for a WR in the first round still be somewhat likely? It’s always possible but what are the chances do you think?

  3. 3 Anonymous said at 11:31 AM on January 28th, 2012:

    If we keep DeSean long term, then using a 1st rounder on a WR would make no sense. If we keep DeSean for just a year, that would work better, but still be far from ideal.

    I think most likely DeSean leaves and we add a FA and high pick at WR.

  4. 4 Joe Taylor said at 11:54 AM on January 28th, 2012:

    Woah. I think you’re the first one to say that you think DeSean will leave.

    Who do you have in mind in FA for WR? You said a high pick at WR, so does that mean we wouldn’t add one of the top tier FA Wideouts?

  5. 5 Joe Taylor said at 12:02 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    I would rather move on from DeSean.
    After the loss to Seattle, I think a lot of analysts/people in general said that DeSean would be gone..But with the way he kept quiet during the 4 game winning streak and was more effective towards the end, everyone was thinking he would be back with at least the franchise tag.

    But I have yet to see some NFL expert say that they expect the Eagles to move on from him. They might say his status is uncertain, etc but I wonder what majority of the analysts think will happen with the DeSean Situation.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 2:37 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    If this scnerio played out Kendall Wright and Meechum for size? I also wouldn’t mind a Kendall Wright Stevie Johnson tandem. Speed everywhere.

  7. 7 Anonymous said at 3:12 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    Those are interesting pairs.

  8. 8 James Coe said at 3:46 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    Agreed. If we’re raiding the Saints, I also wouldn’t turn down Colston – although I think he’ll probably get re-signed in NO

  9. 9 Anonymous said at 2:42 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    Just curious on why you think DeSean will not be back. Money? Attitude? Toughness?

    Or is it just so many good options in FA & the draft?

  10. 10 Anonymous said at 2:43 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    Just curious on why you think DeSean will not be back. Money? Attitude? Toughness?

    Or is it just so many good options in FA & the draft?

  11. 11 Anonymous said at 3:12 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    They wanted to work something out, but at this point I’m guessing Drew/DeSean want a deal as a Top level WR and the Eagles just aren’t going to pay that coming off such an uneven season. It does help that there are so many targets in FA and the draft. Buyers market.

    If DeSean/Drew lower their price, a deal could very well get done.

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 2:16 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    Kendall Wright – question comes down to frame. Can he bulk up to 195 or so and not lose speed and quickness? 5 lbs doesn’t sound like a lot, but Steve Smith is special not because of his speed, but his ability to combine deep speed with Wesley Welker underneath quickness, elusiveness and the ability to break tackles.

    If they take DeSean’s money and sign a solid MLB and a possession receiver, then draft Wright, I think that would make the offense stronger – DeSean really is a fast decay, a very fast decoy who can give you a big play every other game, but he has no underneath game and it makes the offense predictable. A guy like Wright would make WR screens, quick throws out of the slot (with Cooper outside), etc. much more dangerous plays.

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 3:33 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    Kendall Wright reminds me of Mike Wallace. Very quick, like you said can make WR screens turn into 80 yard TDs. Deseans $$$ for FA MLB and Asantes $$$ for FA wideout. Have Machlin/wright on the outside and Meechum running down the middle with Celek. Wow. Eagles are gonna have some $$$ to use. They are already about 10-14 mil under. Loosing Laws, Parker, Dunlap, Asante and Desean would free up some serious cash. Mathis and Landry won’t cost a lot. Resign Shady and buy a WR and MLB. Draft OLB and DE/DT depth. Maybe sign a vet safety.

  14. 14 Eric Weaver said at 6:56 PM on January 28th, 2012:

    If Bowles could convince Miami to let go of Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, I’d like that too. 🙂

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