This is a weird time for Eagles fans. The team is coming off a 10-6 season and division title so optimism should be high. But the team didn’t make the kind of splashy moves many wanted in free agency. Then there was the whole DeSean Jackson saga, which still isn’t over. Now we have Evan Mathis and some contract issues.
I know there is a weird vibe around the team right now, but I still think there is every reason in the world to be feeling good. No team is going to go through an offseason without some issues popping up. That’s part of the business of football. You shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture.
Chip Kelly sure looks the part of a great NFL coach.
Nick Foles looks like the franchise QB the Eagles have been looking for since Donovan McNabb’s prime years.
Shady is arguably the best RB in the league.
The Eagles have some good young players on defense.
The Safety position is in much better shape than in recent years.
STs should get a boost from the new cover guys and Darren Sproles. Donnie Jones is back. PK is still on the to-do list.
The NFL draft will give the Eagles another chance to add talent to the roster.
Free agency isn’t over. The team can still sign some players to help with depth.
It would be nice if things could go smoothly, but that’s just not reality. There are going to be changes every offseason and they won’t always be pleasant.
I still believe in Chip Kelly and his plans, his vision for this team. You’ve heard Howie Roseman mention this. Jeffrey Lurie too.
“Very confident, because it’s a very focused plan,” Lurie said. “It’s a very focused plan based on what the character needs to be, what the performance level needs to be, what the preparation to perform at your maximum level needs to be. It’s a very focused target system where you know the kinds of people you want to surround our current players with and who to go after and what the function in this offense is. Because it’s different than it was with Andy [Reid]. The defense is completely different.
“So I think they’re very, very focused, and it worked out really well the first year with Chip and the personnel department, Howie, figuring out what would be best. But now it’s really obvious. Because at first you’re just checking to see whether you can understand each other and communicate and maximize what you’re doing. Now we’ve had a whole year to figure out exactly the kinds of players in the draft and what their performance level needs to be, what their strengths and weaknesses can be and their character.”
I know many of you are furious with Kelly for the whole DeSean thing. That’s fair. I still want to get all the information before making judgment on that, but I trust Chip. If this is his doing and is purely about football, so be it. As an outsider I don’t like it, but that’s part of the problem…I’m an outsider. Chip knows what it will take for his vision to work at the highest level. If he’s willing to make this move, I’m going to trust him.
The NFL is all about coaches.The Niners collected talent for years, but it wasn’t until Jim Harbaugh got there that they started playing well and winning. Now they’re a machine. You have to find the right guy and let him do his thing.
I hope it turns out that there is something going on with DeSean and that’s what led to the situation with the Eagles. I don’t want this to be a case of Kelly dumping a star that he doesn’t like. But no matter the case for now, I’m trusting Chip. He’s made mostly the right moves since taking over and his vision has worked to this point.
One thing I do know for sure, I am looking forward to the resolution of the DeSean situation. And then I want to know why all this happened. I hope that gets revealed over time.
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Sounds like Mark Sanchez will be an Eagle today if he passes his physical. I’m curious if the Eagles will give him much of a signing bonus or if they’ll want the ability to cut him if he struggles in camp.
Many of you expressed frustration at the team not going after Terrelle Pryor. Here’s the issue with that…Pryor wants to challenge for a starting role. That wouldn’t happen here. I’m sure Kelly is intrigued by his athleticism, but going after him would only make sense if the team thought Pryor would buy in to developing over time. Doesn’t sound like that’s the case.