No game to talk about from today, but you guys have fired off plenty of questions recently.
At the end of a game, do you want the offense to have the ball but we’re behind or do you want the defense protecting the lead? Which group do you trust more? If I have a TD lead, then I want the defense out there. Anything less, I’d prefer to have the offense but be down. I don’t say this so much because I trust/don’t trust the units as it is just so easy for veteran QBs to move down the field and score late in games.
Think about what you saw today. The Skins took a lead on the Giants. They came out and played aggressive on defense to protect their lead and Eli hit Cruz for a long TD to win the game. The Jets tried to protect a lead by rushing 3 and dropping 8. Couldn’t do it. When teams have to throw to win, they can get on a hot streak in a hurry. You also have penalties that can kill you. Illegal contact is a free 1st down. PI can give you huge chunks of yards. The game is rigged in favor of the offense.
One note about the Eagles defense…they did protect leads in the first 2 games. The last 2 leads they gave up came when facing an opponent coming off the bye week. Fresh legs can be a big help late in the game. Curious to see how the defense does the next few times we have a lead.
Any chance the Eagles play Trent Edwards if they want to sit Vick and don’t think Foles is ready? Doubtful. There were a few games when Edwards was inactive. Had Vick gotten hurt, the team was ready to go with Foles. I doubt that has changed at all. Foles should actually be further along. He’s not playing, but is there in meeting rooms and is getting regular reps in practice (although not with our starters).
Will the Eagles be looking at any trades? Howie Roseman is a very active GM and I’m sure he’ll make a ton of phone calls to see what is out there. What would we want? C? Maybe a LT? I don’t think we’re likely to find help at those spots. We’ll see, though. The trade deadline is later this year. There could be a couple of teams that are out of it and willing to deal.
You recently talked about HC candidates to replace Reid and didn’t mention Mike Zimmer. Do you still like him? I am still a very big fan of Zimmer’s. My reason for going away from him is that he’s a defensive guy. Think about the recent Super Bowl winners.
2011 – Tom Coughlin – offensive background
2010 – Mike McCarthy – offensive background
2009 – Sean Payton – offensive background
Prior to that there was a stretch with a lot of defensive coaches, but we seem to be in an offensive cycle right now so I would look for a coach with an offensive background. I’d certainly interview Zimmer. If he really blew me away, could change my mind. Key is finding the right guy. I just don’t think you can ignore the recent trend. And throw in the fact that Jim Harbaugh might have the best team in the league and he’s an offensive guy.
Are the Eagles good enough at WR? Tough question. The starters are good. DeSean looks much improved from the last couple of years. After that, things get trickier. Jason Avant is an excellent possession receiver, but isn’t a returner, can’t play outside, and offers little in the way of RAC ability. Ideally, he’d be your #4 WR.
This is a huge season for Riley Cooper and Damaris Johnson. Cooper needs to show progress and that he can be a viable part of the passing game. He did catch 2 passes last week. We need him to make some plays. If not, then he’s a #5 type guy and we must upgrade. Johnson is just a rookie, but must show that he can contribute as a role player. Mardy Gilyard is strictly a STer right now.
We do have a pair of big WRs on the practice squad in Marvin McNutt and BJ Cunningham. They’ll have a chance to push for roster spots next summer. I do agree we need more out of the 3, 4, and 5 receiver spots. I love Jason Avant to death, but we need more than just catches from the #3 WR in today’s NFL. You need impact from that spot.
Try to imagine someone like Tavon Austin in that role next year.
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Here’s my question for you guys. After watching football this week, do you feel better or worse about the Eagles?
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Posted some draft notes at ScoutsNotebook.