Category Archives: Eagles Offseason

Expect Eagles to take defensive player in 1st round

Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles released DeSean Jackson, the expectation among most fans and media was that they would look to draft his replacement in the first round. Could it be Brandin Cooks? Mike Evans? Kelvin Benjamin? Cody Laminer? It very well might be, but will they take a receiver in round one?

Don’t bet on it.

‘No way’ Desean Jackson’s an Eagle next year

Another day brings new DeSean Jackson rumors. Is what is being reported true? Maybe. Could it not be? Maybe. Do we know the answer? Nope.

What we do know is that the Eagles are staying quiet about all of this. They could have easily put this to a stop by publicly saying that the rumors aren’t true. But they haven’t. Their silence, in a way, is deafening.

Eagles ‘all over’ Kyle Fuller at Virginia Tech’s pro day

The Philadelphia Eagles defense needed a lot of work and they knew it. Their front seven is solid, but their back end needed work. They have addressed that need by adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Nolan Carroll, but they are still looking for improvements.

Tony Pauline of reports that Eagles defensive coordinator was “all over” cornerback Kyle Fuller at Virginia Tech’s pro day.

Eagles entertaining offers for DeSean Jackson; Patriots, 49ers interested

One of, if not the biggest thing surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason is the DeSean Jackson trade rumors. At first, most people thought they were bogus. Why give up your number one wide receiver when he is a perfect fit for the offense?

The rumors are still coming out strong a couple of months into the offseason. Why would the Eagles deal Jackson? A big reason why they may do so is that coach Chip Kelly does not want “me first” type of players. Kelly also will want a bigger receiver than Jackson, who is 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.

Eagles re-sign Nate Allen to one-year deal

A lot of Eagles fans, including me, wanted a big name safety. When they signed Malcolm Jenkins, I was pretty sure that Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward were out of the picture. The Eagles knew they needed to upgrade the position, but weren’t willing to overspend, which is an extremely wise strategy.

The top safeties went off the market instantly. The second tier safeties were nothing special, but it did contain a familiar face: Nate Allen. 

Many fans consider Allen to be a bust, but the situations that he has dealt with would make

Darryl Tapp On Tap For A Breakout?

"C'mon man, that pun was terrible!"

Unfortunately Brandon Graham has that knee injury so I can’t put him here, however I would like to point out that if he was healthy I would bet on a double digit sack season from him. As a rookie he had the highest Pass Rush Productivity rating of all rookie defensive ends according to ProFootballFocus. According to Football Outsiders, Brandon Graham had 3 sacks, 6 QB hits and 17 QB hurries. As a part time player, Brandon Graham had a successful season, especially considering that he was a rookie and missed 3 games.

So instead, I look to the guy that will be getting most of Graham’s snaps: Darryl Tapp.

Unfortunately, McNabb Talks About The Eagles

What’s the matter Donovan? Jealous?

Remember when people used to say McNabb wasn’t smart? Well he doesn’t really help his case whenever he opens his mouth and says things like this:

“[Y]ou’ve got to worry about DeSean [Jackson],” McNabb said. “When he comes back are you going to give DeSean the ball or throw it to [Jeremy] Maclin? Remember, you have to give LeSean McCoy the ball, too. And then at the end you still have to pay Mike Vick. They have more problems than people are looking at.”

I’m sorry McNabb but that was dumb as hell. Did you not realize that DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick were all on the roster last year? That seemed to have worked out just fine, the Eagles were the best yardage and scoring offense in the NFC. Is there any logical explanation to worrying about this issue? Perhaps McNabb just completely wiped last year from his memory, and who could blame him after his debacle of a year for the Redskins where he was benched for Sexy Rexy and then shipped off in favor of John Beck in the offseason.

If anything, he sounds bitter. Is he upset that he never had this many weapons around him? It sure seems like he might be harboring some hard feelings. Which leads me to my next point, perhaps McNabb wasn’t all that he was made out to be. And by that I mean that maybe McNabb wasn’t the jolly, smiley, unselfish guy that he led everyone to believe he was. It has long been speculated that McNabb was more selfish than we thought. Terrell Owens certainly made his opinions on that matter clear. And maybe we saw him and his ego flare up again when he blamed the loss in the playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys on the young players rather than take his fair share of the blame. Right about now players are flocking to Philadelphia to play with Michael Vick, why didn’t they do that with McNabb? We couldn’t pay Randy Moss enough money to come to Philadelphia back in 2008. I guess I’m just confused as to why players gravitate towards Michael Vick but McNabb runs into stupid drama everywhere he goes.

“I was there for 11 years, and the biggest thing we brought in was T.O.,” McNabb told Clark Judge of “Now they’re getting the so-called ‘Dream Team.’ It’s amazing, but I look back on my career and what they’re doing now . . . that’s great; that’s excellent. But you’re seeing another side. You’re seeing Andy [Reid] taking that chance. It’s not just taking that chance on one guy. They’re taking a chance on a bunch of guys. And they’re spending money. That’s amazing. Ever since the lockout [ended], teams have to spend money.”

And now McNabb starts to play the victim, like the Eagles never made an effort to put any talent around him. Poor Donny, the Eagles never, ever took a chance on him and surrounded him with a “Dream Team” (maybe he forgot 2004 too?).

What he must be forgetting is that the Eagles invested countless high picks in receivers that didn’t work out. He must be forgetting how the Eagles spent a high 2nd round draft pick on Reggie Brown (who played very well with Jeff Garcia…). He must be forgetting that 1st round pick we spent on Freddie Mitchell. McNabb must not remember going out and getting Kevin Curtis and Donte Stallworth at the height of their games. McNabb must not remember the Eagles spending a bunch of money to keep Westbrook behind him. McNabb might also be forgetting how the Eagles spent a bunch of money retaining Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas. Or how they traded a first round draft pick for Jason Peters. Or how they went out and spent big money on Stacy Andrews. Or how they spent a first round draft pick on Shawn Andrews. He must also be forgetting that the Eagles spent a 2nd round draft pick on DeSean, a 1st round draft pick on Maclin and a 2nd round draft pick on LeSean while he was still here. And that’s not even counting all the defensive players the Eagles brought in that made Donovan’s life so much easier. The Eagles always tried to surround McNabb with talent, always.

I don’t like being so negative about McNabb, I liked him but man, it seems like every time he opens his mouth lately I like him less and less. I’m sure everyone feels bad that things didn’t work out for him in Washington but can he please stop acting like Philadelphia wronged him? Just please stop talking McNabb, thanks.

Examining The Eagles Offensive Free Agent Signings

Changes and additions to the Eagles’ defense have certainly overshadowed additions to the Eagles offense but make no mistake, they’re going to be just as important to the Eagles.

We’ve all heard rival fans say it over and over again “Vick is going to get hurt”, “I don’t think Vick can stay healthy” or “(Insert team’s best pass rusher) is going to knock Vick out for the season”. As an Eagles fan, I hate this argument because there is actually a hint of truth to it, Vick takes a beating. Does anyone know how many times Vick has played a complete season? The answer is once.

The Eagles are all in and they’ve put a bunch of faith in Michael Vick and his ability to win the big one for the Eagles. It’s risky, by going all in they needed to protect Vick and keep him healthy while also preparing for the worst. The Eagles have effectively done this by signing Vince Young, Ronnie Brown, Evan Mathis and Ryan Harris.

The Eagles covered their ass by signing Vince Young. Vince Young isn’t a franchise QB at this point but he is a QB that can do similar things on the field that Vick does. What makes Vick special? It’s his supreme athleticism and his arm strength. Well, meet Vince Young.

Vince was the best downfield passer in the NFL last year. He had the highest completion percentage of all quarterbacks in the NFL on passes 20 yards or longer which is even more impressive considering that 45.71% of his passes deep pass attempts. His stat line over the past two seasons looks like this:

245 completions in 415 pass attempts (that’s a 59.03 completion percentage), 3134 yards, 7.55 yards per attempt, 20 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 80 rushing attempts, 406 rushing yards, a 5.075 yards per carry average and 2 rushing touchdowns. And in his entire career he is 30-17 as a starter, that means that he wins 63% of his games.

Those are pretty darn good numbers considering the circumstances. He was playing on a terrible team that was extremely run heavy under a coaching staff that didn’t adequately utilize the talent they had. His supporting cast outside of Chris Johnson was terrible and he never had the complete support of his coaching staff.

People get on him for being a diva at QB because of his tantrums in Tennessee but try and look at it from his perspective. He led the Titans team to victories time after time but the coaching still didn’t support him. How many times did the Titans bench him for Kerry Collins when Vince Young was clearly the superior player? Wouldn’t you be frustrated if you were doing your job well and you kept being benched and second guessed? Wouldn’t you get frustrated if you were supposed to be a leader but the coaching staff kept undermining you? Wouldn’t you be frustrated if you were being grilled by the media and didn’t even have the support of the Titans organization? The Titans were a bad situation for Vince Young.

And for those who say “He could’ve been a starter but he chose to be a back-up, why?”, the motivation behind his decision is clear as day: Michael Vick and Andy Reid.  Yeah, he could’ve went to a bad small market team and competed for a starting job but he chose the best long term option for him. He signs a one year deal with a team that has a history of developing quarterbacks, specifically mobile quarterbacks. You get to learn from Michael Vick who was in a somewhat comparable situation a few years ago, needing to learn how to become an NFL passer and rehabilitate his image. So long as he stays out of trouble he could get a big payday next season. If Michael Vick were to go down he would get to play with the best supporting cast in the NFL under a coaching staff that does a great job designing plays, calling plays and putting players in the position to succeed. If he succeeds he gets paid next offseason. Looks like a great situation to me. Perform, don’t do anything stupid, and he gets a lucrative contract from a team of his choice in 7 months.

This move benefits everyone, the Eagles get a proven winner as a back-up at the QB spot who can do all the things that the Eagles like to do on offense (deep passes and move the QB around) while Vince Young gets the perfect chance to learn and redeem himself.

The addition of Ronnie Brown is one that most will pan and say that Brown is ‘washed up’. But I think those people need to be reminded that Ronnie Brown is not coming to the Eagles to be a feature back. Ronnie Brown is here to become the #2 running back.

But how does the addition of a running back protect Michael Vick? Well… I’m glad you asked. Ronnie Brown is a big running back, he is listed at 6’ tall and 233 pounds. That size gives him a natural edge in pass blocking. Ronnie Brown’s size and strength combined with his technique have made him one of the best pass blocking running backs in the NFL today. Last year Ronnie Brown was asked to pass block 135 times and he only allowed 7 pressures. That means the Eagles have a #2 running back that they can trust in pass protection (they most certainly did not trust Jerome Harrison) and Ronnie Brown will help keep Michael Vick on his feet and healthy.

Ronnie Brown isn’t the dynamic talent he once was but he is still a good NFL running back. He has good hands and is a weapon in the passing game and he is a tough inside runner that can fight for the tough yards.

And people are going to point to last year and say that he is on the decline but remember that he was playing on a team that as a whole went downhill as the season went on. Ronnie Brown most certainly wore down as the year progressed but remember that he won’t be asked to shoulder the workload here in Philadelphia.

Look at Ronnie Brown’s numbers in the first half of the season: 101 carries, 433 yards, 4.28 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns.

Because he won’t be the feature back he’ll have fresh legs and we won’t have to worry about him wearing down as the season progresses. He’ll be a nice compliment to LeSean McCoy.

And the additions on the offensive line are highly underrated, both Ryan Harris and Evan Mathis are starting caliber players. Unlike Max Jean-Gilles, Winston Justice and Nick Cole, these guys can actually pass block. Ryan Harris has only allowed 6.75 sacks on his career, Winston Justice allowed more than that last year alone. According to ProFootballFocus, Evan Mathis has played 724 snaps the past two years and has not allowed 1 sack. Ryan Harris isn’t much of a run blocker but Evan Mathis is. In the 7 games that Evan Mathis has started over the past two seasons, Cedric Benson put up 177 carries, 761 yards, 4.2 yards per carry and 5 touchdowns. In games where Evan Mathis did not start, Cedric Benson put up 445 carries, 1601 yards, 3.5 yards per carry and 8 touchdowns.

These moves aren’t quite as highly publicized as the Nnamdi, DRC, Jenkins and Babin moves but make no mistake, they’ll affect the outcome of the Eagles season and probably more than you initially thought.