Iggles Blitz commenters say some really great things from time to time. There was a discussion the other day and some of the talk turned to player comparisons. Imagine having Earl Thomas instead of Brandon Graham. Or JPP instead of either of them. Should the Eagles have taken Lavonte David or Bobby Wagner instead of Mychal Kendricks?
D3Keith made an absolutely brilliant point. I’ve made in a more circular way, but he cut through to the very essence of things.
Everyone we got has either flamed out or just been okay.
Leading us to a hard truth here. Look in the mirror. It’s not the guys we didn’t get that the were the problem … the Eagles’ organization has become the problem.
Sad to say, but if Earl Thomas were an Eagle, if JPP were an Eagle, there’s a good chance they wouldn’t be the players they are today.
And that is why the Eagles are hiring a coach. Philly needs a guy who can get players to play up a level or two, not down.
So very, very true.
There are personnel mistakes. Jaiquawn Jarrett is the biggest example of that. Jarrett signed with the Jets recently, but his phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook. Guys like Bryan Smith and Daniel Te’o- Nesheim went to other teams and even started.
Think about Danny Watkins. He has shown that he can be a functional starter in the NFL. Put him in a run heavy offense and he actually might be a good RG. Ask him to pass block 45 times a game and he’s going to struggle.
The coaching staff has done a worse job at developing talent than the personnel staff has done at finding talent. This is on Reid, the coordinators, and the positional assistants. Everyone had a hand in the mess.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that I still think some of these players can be saved. On offense I think running a more balanced attack will help the linemen and skill players. On defense, the Eagles need a veteran coach who has an established scheme and can teach that to the assistant coaches and the players.
Think about all the change. The defense had Sean McDermott in 2009 & 2010. Jim Washburn and Juan Castillo ran things in 2011. Todd Bowles did his stuff for the final part of 2012.
Think about some of the assistant coaches in the last 5 years. Rory Segrest left the Eagles and went to a small college in Alabama. Bill Shuey went from LBs coach to being a teacher. He’s now coaching at West Chester. Johnny Lynn went to the Raiders after 2011. I think Reid did okay in hiring Mike Caldwell and Mike Zordich, but they are new to coaching and had to teach a scheme that Castillo and Washburn somewhat came up with. Give Mike & Mike a veteran coach/scheme to work with and I bet they’d do a much better job.
Player development is critical in the NFL. Finding young talent is only half the battle. You must coach them. You must teach them. You must keep them motivated and focused.
No matter who the Eagles hire as HC, a strong, proven defensive coach is critical to the team’s success. I don’t care if he runs a 4-3 or 3-4. I don’t care if he likes zone or man. I don’t care about specifics. He must be able to install a system, teach the players, and develop them. He must have answers when they have questions.
Kendricks, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, and Brandon Boykin can all be good defensive players. I still have hope that the right coach can save Chaney, Allen, Hunt, and DRC. These are young players that can be the foundation for a good defense. Give them the right coach and let’s see what happens.
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The site had a weird problem with italics yesterday. I’ve got the site back to normal on my computers. If it still is in italics, hit F5 or refresh the page. That should make the italics go away.
My apologies for the inconvenience.
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I am working on a Gus Bradley post. I read a lot about him and that led to my attempt at humor this morning. A few of you didn’t care for the piece. That’s fine. Just a goofy piece of material.
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The new MAQB column is up. Check out Gimpy’s thoughts on Wild Card weekend and his preview of the next round. I was shocked to see how soft the Falcons schedule was. Gimpy has some good nuggets in there.
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A few Eagles fans went nuts for Nick Saban last night. I have no problem with the Eagles talking to him, but I think Nick is made for college and will stay there.
Here’s my take on Saban, the college Belichick.