EVERY PLAYER IS COMPETING?

Posted July 15, 2013

AFTER being fed a steaming pile by Chip Kelly about EVERY PLAYER having to play his way into a starting spot or being able to compete for a starting spot, all it took for DeSean Jackson to shake an early demotion was a meeting with the HC. The Eagles are currently trying extend Jeremy Maclin's contract, so don't expect him to ride pine either. 

Despite all the bluster about the "wide open" WR position, this year's starters will be LAST YEAR'S starters. 

Quick! Who is pushing LeSean McCoy at RB? Oh yeah that's right: NOBODY! Last year's starter? Check!

Due to injury LT Jason Peters didn't play last year, but he would have started if he did. No one stepped up in his absence, and the starting spot was his again just for showing up off crutches. Quick! Who's pushing LG Evan Mathis? Who's pushing C Jason Kelce? What? Nobody AGAIN?! (I smell a trend!) 

So far we're at what, SIX of eleven starters from last year, who we can already forecast DESPITE Kelly's claims of competition? 

RG Todd Herremanns was moved from Tackle to Guard to give Danny Watkins a seat AND make room for new RT Lane Bryant- Oops! I mean, Lane Johnson. (He DOES love to eat.)

So that's EIGHT starters we can name already who don't have a serious challenger come this training camp?

Last year's starter Brent Celek will get PLENTY of competition at TE from rookie Zach Ertz and James Casey, so there could be a shake-up there. Hooray! Only nine guys in before we hit upon REAL competition on the Offense. Good stuff. I'm frickin moved unto tears over here.

The Spread Option system Kelly is using, FREQUENTLY features a Slot WR or a second TE, so that 10th spot (as it always was under Reid) will be subject to change on a weekly basis, depending on the opponents weakness. 

So that's 8 of 11 positions that (barring injury), you can carve in stone. Put another way 72.7% of our starting positions are non-contests. And if they are, point out the challengers. Please. I dare you.  

72.7% carved in stone leaves only 27.3% up for grabs.

27.3% is a long way from EVERY PLAYER.

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