Howie Roseman did his radio show on Monday. One of the comments he made was that the team would not make the mistake of feeling they were just a couple of players away and then “going for it”. This is good to hear.
The Eagles have a lot of young talent. There is no reason to focus on 2014 when you can keep building the roster for the long term. It takes discipline, but this is the smart thing to do and the best way to sustain success. The front office should embrace the best player available (BPA) attitude this offseason.
While it is easy to look at the defense as the biggest area of need, you don’t want to ignore talent. Let’s say that only one of Maclin/Cooper re-sign. Would you pass up a really good WR in the 1st round? We could use a LB/S/CB more, but if the WR is the better player, take him. The offense was great in 2013, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be better.
Even within the defense you must be disciplined. Bennie Logan showed a lot of promise this year. He could be the NT of the future. Do you pass up a stud NT prospect if he’s on the board at 22? What about DEs? Ced Thornton and Fletcher Cox could have those roles for the next 5 years. But if a really talented DE is on the board, you can’t pass him up. You can never have enough good DL.
The Eagles will focus on the areas where they are most deficient, but they won’t ignore talent. They’ve shown much better discipline in the past 2 drafts and it has helped the team a lot.
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As we discuss the weak areas on the team, understand that there aren’t right/wrong answers. I wrote the other day that OLB is my biggest position of concern. A reader hit me up on Twitter and strongly disagreed, saying that the secondary is worse off. We can each make a case for our opinion, but there is no definitive answer. This is a chicken or the egg kinda deal. Is it more important to cover or to rush the passer?
Really the key here is what Bill Davis and Chip Kelly prefer. I’ll need to go back and do some research into their pasts to see if I can find some trends. We knew with Jim Johnson it was DE-CB-DT-S-LB. It will take time to learn about Davis and Kelly.
My guess is that they’ll focus on the LOS, but that is just a guess. If true, that would mean LB over DB. No idea how the CB/S priority would shake out.
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The Eagles have signed some players to the roster. They added the 8 practice squad players plus a WR and LB.
OT Michael Bamiro
WR B.J. Cunningham
WR Will Murphy
TE Emil Igwenagu
QB G.J. Kinne
DE Brandon Bair
ILB Emmanuel Acho
OLB Travis Long
WR Ifeanyi Momah
OLB Josh Kaddu
That’s not a bunch of HOF talent, but you never know if a couple of them can become good role players. Travis Long could be the backup to Connor Barwin next year. Long tore his ACL in November 2012 so he wasn’t fully healthy last summer. He’ll have a full offseason to get in primo shape and he will know the scheme.
Bamiro looked very good at times, but must show that he can be a functional pass blocker. He played mostly RT during the summer, but spent some time at OG during season practices so maybe the Eagles will give him a look there.
Acho will be a HOF’er if the coaches will just give him a chance. He’s half Byron Evans, half Jeremiah Trotter…but even better.
Momah is the project we all got excited about last spring. He was pretty much a total failure. I’m glad Kelly is giving him another look. The guy has rare size and runs well in the open field. He was rusty as heck last spring/summer. He won’t be as bad this time around and will have a better idea of what he’s doing. Momah is still very much a longshot, but he’s worth taking another peak at. He better show serious progress if he plans on sticking around for the whole offseason.
Kaddu was a SAM LB for the Ducks under Kelly. He’ll push Long for a backup spot behind Barwin. Kaddu has played in 5 NFL games, all for the Dolphins.
Depth and competition.
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Why do I hate Jimmy Bama so much? Let me count the ways. Last night I wrote about the NY Times piece on Michael Vick. I saw that as a very sensitive subject and chose each word carefully. I wanted to defend Vick, but not make light of the horrible stuff he’d done in the past that got him sent to prison. I know that is still a troubling topic for many people. I was happy with the way my piece came out.
Then I saw Jimmy’s take on the NYT’s piece. He had the same reaction to their piece that I did, but wasn’t trying to be sensitive or appropriate. He went all Jimmy Bama on them. This is Jimmy at his finest.
You’ve heard the phrase “dripping with sarcasm”. This is the Niagara Falls of sarcasm.
Kudos to Mr Bama.
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Anyone watch the national title game?
Eagles fans had to be impressed by Auburn DE Dee Ford. He was a disruptive force pretty much all game. I love watching RB Tre Mason run the ball, but can’t see the Eagles spending an early pick on a RB. He might remind you of a poor man’s Marshawn Lynch.
FSU star LaMarcus Joyner really impressed me. He will be a CB to some and S to others. I’d like him as a S for the Eagles. He made one sensational play vs the zone read. He went for the RB, then saw the QB keep the ball and tackled him. You just don’t see guys do that. Incredible awareness and body control. Our defense needs a playmaker.