Normally NFL players see getting the franchise tag as a bad, bad thing. It rates right after getting food poisoning, finding out you’re out of beer, or listening to an episode of the Helmet2Helmet Show.
The last 2 years have been anything but normal for DRC. 2011 was a mess for a variety of reasons. And while 2012 started great, it ended very badly. To be blunt, DRC played like crap for much of the final 10 games. Due to this (and a disappointing 2010 season), I think DRC would have welcomed the tag. That would have guaranteed him $10.7M for the 2013 season.
We’ve speculated about whether the Eagles would make the move or not. He doesn’t deserve the tag, but it would be a way to keep him here for a year without making a long term commitment. We all know DRC can be a very good CB. The hope is that playing under a new staff and in a better defensive scheme would bring out the best in him.
The Eagles decided not to reward mediocrity with money, which is probably the wise move. Not tagging him doesn’t mean that the team is done with DRC. The Eagles can still try to work out a one-year deal, just for less money.
DRC isn’t exactly in the catbird’s seat. The whole NFL watched him get burned and not make an effort to tackle on a regular basis. No one will commit big money to him long term. He and his agent have to decide what the best course of action is. Maybe they try to get him a one-year deal on a really good defense. Play cheap and hope he rebounds with a strong 2013 and can then hit the market next year.
We don’t know if the Eagles are interested in keeping DRC. The coaches have been studying the 2012 tape to make player evaluations, but DRC is a really complicated subject. He’s the ultimate football tease. You’re scared to commit to him, but scared to let him walk. Howie, Chip, Bill Davis, and John Lovett need to make a tough decision, even on just a one-year deal.
Are you better off getting a less talented player, but one you can trust? Chip Kelly hates underachievers. DRC is an expert in underachieving. Howie traded Kevin Kolb for DRC and would surely love for him to pan out. Bill Davis coached him in Arizona for 2 years, including DRC’s best year (2009).
Part of me wants DRC gone. Watching him watch guys score TDs was sickening. And I don’t use that word lightly. That said, he played in 2 of the most dysfunctional seasons of the Andy Reid era and got the worst defensive coaching of the Reid era. Instead of stability bringing out the best in a player, the state of confusion simply made things worse.
I can live with the Eagles offering DRC a one-year deal. There is risk in keeping DRC, but I don’t think it would be a dumb or pointless risk. It all comes down to whether Kelly, Davis, and Lovett think they can coach him up and get a good performance from DRC. If they are willing to stick with him, I’m okay with that. I won’t object if they pass.
I think meeting DRC and discussing 2012 would have a huge bearing with what I did. If he acts as though nothing was wrong, send his ass packing. I need a player who can watch tape like that and admit his problems. He would then need to sell me on the idea of keeping him around. If he doesn’t want to be here, hit the road. DRC must buy in. He must be committed to the cause for me to think of keeping him around. He proved last year that there is no shame in his game. DRC has no problem with sinking to rock bottom and staying there.
Some worry that not tagging DRC means Nnamdi will stick around. I still can’t see that happening, but it is interesting that they haven’t cut him yet. I’d have sent him packing early on to send a message that past Pro Bowls and a lofty reputation don’t entitle you to anything right now. What have you done for me lately? What will you do for me in 2013?
Change is coming to the Eagles secondary. We just don’t know how much.
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More on the OL situation.
My post yesterday was meant to show that the return of the top 6 OL (Peters, Mathis, Kelce, Herremans, Watkins, Kelly) gives the team some options with the lineup and configuration. There isn’t necessarily a “need” to add a starter.
I certainly agree that depth is a concern. I agree that age is a concern. My feeling is that too many people think back to the disaster in Arizona or the first Dallas game and assume we must take an OT at pick #4. I’ve kicked the theory around myself. But that’s just not the case.
There are good OL to be had in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, possibly the 4th. Just because you don’t spend pick #4 on Joeckel doesn’t mean you can’t improve the OL.
As for taking an OT at #4…if that is the highest rated player on the board, then do it. After watching a game where the OTs were Bell and Dunlap, I don’t see how any Eagles fan could ever complain about taking an OT early in the draft. Don’t force it. I think Joeckel is worth pick #4. I’m just not sure he gets past #1.
Eric Fisher is a player that I like, but I’m not so sure he’s worth #4. We’ll talk more about Chip Kelly and the OL in an upcoming post, as we try to figure out what Chip wants.
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I’ve talked about the Eagles trading down in the draft a few times, but people still ask about it. I am all for trading down.
We have holes to fill. Why not move back and add an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick? I’d love to add another 1st round pick for 2014 since that draft will be loaded at the top, but I don’t think we’ll have that option.
There is no player I covet at #4. I get asked a lot…”Who do you like?”. I honestly can’t answer now because I need to see what we do in FA and it would help to find out more about the schemes. You can make an argument for 5 or 6 different guys.
The beauty of trading back is that there will still be good players to choose from, and you’ll acquire extra resources. I know many people think about recent drafts where the Eagles moved back and it didn’t pay off. I understand the hesitation. It is all about the choices. If there is a player you fall in love with at #4, take him. If not, and you get a decent offer, move back.
As to why other teams would want to move up with such a pedestrian Top 10…all about needs. The Cardinals are desperate for a LT. If Joeckel goes #1 and they think Fisher will be taken before pick #8…call us. We’ll slide back to that spot for a reasonable price. The Rams could be desperate for a LT. I’m not going through every team. Again, FA will have a major impact on who needs what and how bad.
I’m wide open right now as to what I want. The only pick that would bug me is QB Geno Smith. Talented prospect, but I don’t think he’s worth a Top 10 pick.
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GoDaddy had some server issues that affected the site on Sunday. I think all of that is cleared up, but let me know if you have any problems. Sorry for the inconvenience. I think I should get to spank Danica Patrick to make up for the down time. Seems fair, right?