You guys fired off a lot of questions yesterday. Rather than burying answers in the comments section, here ya go…
What’s up with QB? I’ve talked to a lot of people here in Mobile and no one has a good feel for the QB situation. Heck, some people don’t even have a good theory. Normally everybody will tell you what’s gonna happen at QB. This year is odd. We don’t know Chip Kelly or what he wants. Nick Foles is too good to just dismiss, but isn’t good enough to count on. I’m not sure there is a player worthy of pick #4.
There are QBs to like in the draft. The Eagles have to figure out who they like the most and what the guy’s realistic value is. Do Ryan Nassib, Zac Dysert, or Tyler Wilson all last to the Eagles 2nd round pick? Maybe all 3 do…maybe none. No one has shined here in Mobile. Each guy has had his moments, but no one has separated from the pack. I still don’t know what to make of Geno Smith, but the feeling from a lot of people is that the Chiefs have to take him 1st overall.
It is good the Eagles are meeting with the QBs, but don’t make too much of this. Right now they are doing their due diligence rather than showing any kind of favoritism.
Could Nnamdi stay? First order of business is that he’d need to take a massive pay cut. He’d have to slash his salary by $10M. Would he agree to that? Then, the new staff would have to want him. You can make a case for Nnamdi, but he would have to change his ways. Chip Kelly isn’t going to want a guy that picks and chooses when to play all out. That stuff has to be part of the past. I think it is highly unlikely that Nnamdi is an Eagle in 2013.
I do n0t think Nnamdi can play Safety. Charles Woodson is a freak. He plays like a LB at times. He’ll attack blockers. He can blow up run plays. He’s tough as nails. Nnamdi has a tough moment once a month. At Safety you need that every single game and on almost every play. I do not think Nnamdi’s got that in him.
Why hire the DL coach before the DC? Jerry Azzinaro doesn’t have a system. He doesn’t care 3-4 vs 4-3. He can teach the wide nine or Jimmy Bama’s favorite narrow zero. Most DL coaches just teach individual players how to do their job within the system run by the DC. Jim Washburn and the Wide 9 are a rare exception. This is not a big deal. If the new DC had a major issue with Azzinaro, I’m sure the Eagles would try to adjust. I don’t think that’s a problem at all.
What’s g0ing on at DC? Still no official word. Most people here are buying the Ed Donatell rumor. Gregg Williams is someone that got asked about, but I don’t see that happening. He’s going to bring massive attention and scrutiny to his next job. Might be too soon for that to happen.
Could Honey Badger be of interest? Sure. Great talent. Major issues, but late enough in the draft he might be worth the risk. We have no idea how Kelly will feel about character issues. That’s something we’ll all learn together through this process.
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I went out and had drinks last night. Jimmy Bama and I started with the PE.com guys. That was good for some laughs and good Eagles arguments/discussions. Jimmy told a story that stole the night. We’ll work that into a podcast. I would guess we’ll record a show on Thursday night.
Later on I went downtown with Dan Klausner from BGN and we had drinks with a bunch of the beat writers. Sheil Kapadia, Tim McManus, Geoff Mosher, and Jeff McLane were all fun to have a beer with. Lots of good jokes and funny stories being shared. Those guys are all really nice in person. Wish I could tell you they were arrogant jerks and we could secretly hate them…but all good guys. I see Les Bowen at the practices and he’s also a super nice guy. Haven’t had a chance to drink a beer with him yet.
Chip Kelly was at one of the bars we were at last night. He was hanging out with a group of football guys (didn’t recognize them and didn’t want to stare since they were in an uncrowded part of the bar. Can’t tell you how new this is for everyone to have the Eagles coach out drinking beer. He wasn’t knocking ‘em back like crazy or doing anything wild. Just out socializing and telling football stories. Seemed like one of the fellas. Kinda cool.
I’ll see if I can put up a post from the airport today, but if not…could be late tonight. Practice til 330, then flying home.