Written by: Matthew Blunk
A harmless if imprudent quote from Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Vince Young brought about a storm of criticism and backlash, especially when the Eagles stumbled to a disappointing 1-4 start to the season. Michael Vick missed three games and was alarmingly inconsistent at times; Nnamdi Asomugha rarely resembled the league's top shutdown cornerback; DeSean Jackson's effort and desire frequently came into question; and head coach Andy Reid's decision to re-assign the team's offensive line coach to defensive coordinator was second-guessed throughout the 2011 season (and long after it).
Clearly, the Eagles have work to do to get better. The "Dream Team" should try and mesh better as a team. They've gone through much scrutiny together, which should bring them closer as a unit. Will all the negative media coverage lead to a chip on their shoulders? That remains to be seen. But if Philadelphia can fix what's broken on its roster, the Eagles can come much closer to realizing their "dream."
The tandem of Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman is definitely upgradeable. Yes, the Eagles just drafted Jaiquawn Jarrett out of Temple last season, but he hasn't changed the world yet. I'm not saying Philly needs the next Brian Dawkins, but having a great safety in the last line of defense is essential, particularly with this brand of defense. The Eagles have been an aggressive team defensively since the late Jim Johnson coordinated. The "Wide 9" principles of Jim Washburn and playcalling of Juan Castillo keep that trend alive. But to truly succeed with that kind of philosophy, you need a dependable playmaker at safety, something the Eagles lack at the moment.
Jason Peters' ruptured Achilles is a cataclysmic development in Philadelphia. In March, the Eagles dealt Winston Justice to the Indianapolis Colts essentially to move up in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. King Dunlap was re-signed sooner after, and
Demetrius Demetress Bell was brought in
after the news of Peters' likely-2012-season-ending injury. The ever
reliable Todd Herremans moved from left guard to right tackle last
season, and figures to remain on the right side this year as well. If
the Eagles find themselves in a position to draft a stud offensive
tackle, they ought to pounce. Peters will be on the wrong side of 30
after 2012, and Herremans' optimum position is on the interior offensive
line. Dunlap is strictly on the roster for depth purposes. Bell could
be a long-term starter if he proves himself in Peters' stead. But this
could be an opportunity for Philadelphia to think both short-term and
long-term about a very important
acquistion of DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans erases the gaping
hole at middle linebacker. Outside 'backer is still a bit murky, though.
Akeem Jordan and Moise Fokou figure to get first crack at starting
gigs, but are they really good enough? Neither player has been a
meaningful difference-maker in the NFL to date. Simply put, the Eagles
can do better. Maybe they can take Chad Greenway off the Minnesota
This year’s National Football League draft gets underway on Thursday night (4/25) in New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. The ceremony will begin at 8ET and be televised on ESPN. One can only wonder what the wild and crazy Jets fans will have to cheer (or jeer) about now that the N.Y. …
The 78th edition of the National Football League draft will begin on Thursday night, April 25th at 8pm ET. The official description of this event is The NFL Player Selection Meeting. This gathering will take place at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. …
By Melissa Harder
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