Jeff McLane gets points for having the rumor of the day. He reported on Twitter:
Hearing less about Ed Donatell and more of the
#Eagles‘ interest in Ravens LBs coach Ted Monachino for their DC job. Will Balt let him go?
This would be interesting. Anyone who is a defensive coach for the Ravens has to be considered a good candidate. Think about the guys who have moved on from there in the last decade or so:
Jack Del Rio
I don’t know a whole lot about Ted Monachino. I’ll need to do some research. Here is his Ravens bio. The one major red flag for me is that he’s never been a defensive coordinator in college or the NFL. He’s worked for some really good coaches and has a good background, but I would much prefer a DC that has a proven system and knows how to teach it.
Chip Kelly has my trust right now. If this turns out to be who he wants, so be it. Just color me a bit concerned. Sean McDermott was learning on the job. And Juan Castillo. And Todd Bowles. Smart guys, but all new to being a DC. I would much prefer someone who’s been there, done that. Let’s benefit from the mistakes that coach made in the past. Those lessons have already been learned.
Aaron Wilson is the Ravens expert of experts. He said he’s heard nothing concrete on this potential move.
Meaningless note of interest…Monachino played LB at Missouri. Jim Johnson also went to Missouri, but he was a QB in college. Kinda hard to picture that, huh?
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If new Eagles coach Chip Kelly adopts some of the strategies he was using at Oregon, the Eagles will begin coveting “longer” players. Kelly’s NCAA teams were known for their speed and stamina but Oregon was also recruiting taller players across the board, particularly on defense where he made length a priority with a recent change in philosophy. Some people around the league believe the Eagles will begin seeking taller players on that side of the ball.
This would not bode well for Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, and Phillip Hunt. I think Mychal Kendricks would be okay since he’s a LB.
We don’t yet know this will be a sure thing, but it is definitely something to keep track of as we figure out who the Eagles are looking at in FA and the draft.
Some taller front seven guys of note:
LB/DE Dion Jordan – Oregon – 6-7
DE Margus Hunt – SMU – 6-8
DE Ziggy Ansah – BYU – 6-5
DE/LB Michael Buchanan – Illinois – 6-5
DE Alex Okafor – Texas – 6-5
DE/LB Barkevious Mingo – LSU – 6-5
DE/LB Sam Montgomery – LSU – 6-5
There are more tall guys out there, but these are some of the more prominent names.
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A few of you have asked me about getting into scouting. I put some thoughts together for you.
One of the most influential books for me is Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh. Espn had a great story up on the book, its background, and the effect it has had on coaches. Great piece.
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Jimmy Bama has a post up where he projects Comp picks for the NFL teams. I’d love to tell you the Eagles will get an extra couple of 1st and 2nd rounders, but that would be a slight exaggeration.
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In case you missed it, I found Mel Kiper’s final mock draft from 1996. The Eagles picks were not Melvin’s best work.