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Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:15 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit



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Michael Vick wrote one of the greatest bounce back stories in the history of professional sports, giving the Eagles not just football’s fastest offense, but also its most entertaining.

Turns out, the 30-year-old Vick is a pied piper to young guns Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy (all of whom took a collective step forward in 2010).

Philly’s magic began to dissipate once teams realized that this defense was not far above average and that this offense could not read complex blitzes prior to the snap.




An improved front five could put the Eagles over the top in 2011. Offensive line coach Juan Castillo has moved to the defensive coordinator role (not a typo…the offensive line coach is now the defensive coordinator).

Filling Castillo’s old spot is longtime Colts assistant Howard Mudd, whom many believe is the best line coach in the industry. Mudd will simplify everything Philly’s offensive linemen do.

Whereas before they had a handful of different pass protection methods to learn, they’ll now have just one. Expect to see major improvements right away. Mudd was a big reason the Colts were able to survive with low-drafted and undrafted blockers for so many years.




1. Outside Linebacker
Ernie Sims is a great athlete who has no idea what he’s doing half the time. Opposing offenses love spotting him in coverage. Moise Fokou has good downhill attack speed, but he’s a fringe starter at best.

2. Safety
It would be wise to re-sign veteran leader Quintin Mikell. But if that doesn’t happen, the Eagles will likely need a more consistent replacement strong safety than Kurt Coleman. Also, keep in mind, free safety Nate Allen tore his ACL in December.

3. Cronerback
Everyone thinks Nnamdi Asomugha would be a great fit on this team. Asomugha, however, is a man-to-man specialist. Castillo will run a zone-based scheme. The Eagles would be wise to spend the money elsewhere. And while upgrades would be nice, the Eagles don’t necessarily have to spend at this spot to begin with. As much as Dmitri Patterson struggled down the stretch, the first-time starter also looked very good at times, playing with aggression and confidence early on.




There is a lot of pressure on Michael Vick in 2011. He is being asked to lead a team that many expect to contend for a title. If he answers the challenge, he’ll almost certainly be signed to a long-term mega contract that could make most of the financial woes left over from his dogfighting retribution disappear.

If he fails, he’ll still get a big contract somewhere, but the mega contract will never come. Assuming Philly’s defense is fine (and granted, that’s not a light assumption), Vick’s performance will determine this team’s fate.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

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Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek took a big step forward?  Are you kidding me?  Did you WATCH the Eagles?  Celek absolutely disappeared when Vick was running the offense except for a ridiculous TD catch through three Bears' defenders that would only make it through about 10% of the time.  Everyone else you named did take a big step forward, but freaking think about what you write dude, because Celek definitely digressed from his production with McNabb or Kolb.



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:55 am
 

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

don t punt the ball to D.JACKSON EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

Yeah, the Giants will beat the Eagles.  Now will that be just like they have beaten the Eagles the last two years?  LOL. 

Including a playoff match-up back in Jan'09, the Giants haven't beaten the Eagles since the 1st match-up of 2008, that's 6 straight losses for the boys in blue!  And don't give me that, Giants were dominating the game at the Meadowlands for 57 minutes crap.  Score at the end of the 1st quarter, 7-0 and that was in large part due to a 3rd down incomplete pass to Nicks being called a completion which kept a the Giants' 1st TD drive alive.  Not exactly complete domination.  Sure the G-Men did play a great second quarter, but they also received their own little "Miracle at the Meadowlands" when Maclin fumbled the ball late in the half and the Giants were able to march right from just inside the Eagles 10, with a mere 5 seconds remaining in the 1st half.  Sure the Giants played a heck of a 1st half and probably should have walked away with the W, but they fell apart in the fourth and scored just once in the entire second half.  Typical Eli and typical G-Men.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

3. Cronerback

If you're going to number it, bold it, and put it on it's own separate line...spell check the damn thing!!!!



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

Hey Darrenball

Thats what you said on December 19th when DESEAN JACKSON won the game...I betcha you lost your lunch when that happened !!!

HAHA !! That game will go down in infamy !!  YOU CANT STOP VICK !!  HAHA !!



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

don t  really matter ,the giants will beat the eagles .and go to the SB.


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