HOW SPREAD ARE OUR OPTIONS?

Posted December 30, 2012

ASSUMING the Eagles (all caps end with the season as is my tradition) land Chip Kelly, (because Steve Sarkisian is a .500 collegiate coach) what are the odds that he brings the Spread Option with him? I think the Packers and Bills run it, but unless you have an Aaron Rodgers type who is accurate and can also threaten with his legs, the system is not without it's drawbacks in the NFL.

I know collegiate level coaches love to run the Spread Option, but what works down there can spell disaster up here. Especially if you lack the players to run it correctly in the first place. As of right now our QB is Nick Foles. As much as I think Aaron Rodgers is a bit of a douche bag, Nick Foles (as an athlete) is no Aaron Rodgers. In fact, the only QB on the roster even half qualified to run it is Michael Vick (accuracy not being his strong suit.) Cue sinister music.

If we don't keep Vick then we'll need to trade for a franchise QB. The next best name on the list is Joe Flacco, but he's no Option QB.  And FA isn't exactly teeming with any that will fit this need. Well Tarvaris Jackson can run. Jason Campbell can run. Matt Moore...You get my point. 

So here is my question: What other answers do you see to solve this dilemma?  

 

 

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18 Comments:
  • There is no dilemma. We don't know who the coach will be yet. We can assume a lot of names. We won't know what is what until they choose a coach. No need to be concerned or complain about those types of issues that may not even be issues. Like I told 20, the Eagles never really let you know what they are doing. Assuming it will be Kelly is a mistake. I do find it funny that you are concerning yourself and indirectly complaining about a problem that actually isn't a problem, but all season you ripped other fans for complaining about REAL PROBLEMS WITH THE TEAM. Lol
  • What dilemma was pretty much how I was going to repond?...decided it wasn't worth it. Thought you once again made a very good point to end your comment.
  • I keep trying to tell him he should back off for a while. He's losing it right now. He rips Hollywood when he's no different from the guy at all. Making something a problem when it really isn't a problem is typical Hollywood.
  • There is no complaint.

    Based upon what we've been told so far, the favorite to land the Eagles job is Chip Kelly. Do you refute that this is primarily what we've been told?

    If he is the next coach, he deserves to have the proper tools to do the job that fans demand. Do you disagree with this notion?

    Based upon what we know he prefers to run as an offensive system (the Spread Option), he would need a QB whose skillset is not reflected by what we have on the roster; namely a high degree of mobility combined with an accurate if not powerful arm. Do you dispute this?

    If you do not dispute any of this, then the Eagles will need a new QB. Who would you suggest?

    This is my question.
  • He's not the coach until he is the coach. Not worth worrying about when it might not even happen. Why stress over something as silly as that?
  • There is no stress. Since I do come here to discuss football, I merely asked a football question.

    If you do not wish to respond to the question, please feel free to ignore the post. I am sure others will delight in offering up their opinions on the team we all love, and I will equally delight in reading the opinions of those who also love our team.



  • Here is the problem with your question. You have jumped 10 stages ahead here. Chip Kelly is not the head coach of the Eagles. If he becomes the head coach of the Eagles then you can ask the question, but asking it now just makes you seem paranoid for no particular reason. You're trying to make this into a big deal, because you are trying to imply the Eagles made a mistake in firing Reid. The reality is Kelly may never coach the Eagles nor is it certain that if he does end up here he brings his offense here too. A smart coach adjusts his system to the players he has. So again there is no need worry about something that is speculative at best.
  • If we are not focusing on the future (as you suggest), we are lamenting the past. I choose not to do this.

    All talk is speculative now. And it IS exciting isn't it?
  • Trading for Jake Locker might not be a bad way to go. Or even Minnesota's Joe Webb, who would be cheaper and still has a lot of upside. He gave us fits a couple years ago if you remember.

    If the Raiders decide to go in another direction , maybe Terrelle Pryor could even be had, since his skillset would fit the Spread Option better than whatever Oakland currently calls it's offensive system.

    I am a little worried about exposing an NFL virgin to this fanbase and the local media. The new guy deserves a fair shot. No one's first time should include fisting and having a train run on them, and Philly is a rough crowd to say the least.

    I would prefer a Cowher or Jon Gruden, but I think they're too smart to want to come here again.

    Failing one of these I'd like (but won't get) a defensive minded coach. Defensive coaches tend to like strong run games, favor ball control and clock management so their Defense has a chance to rest. Good defenses keep you in ball games and allow you steal a game or two per year.
  • None of those options make the Eagles better ans quarterbacks go, but they are more likely to happen than trading up to get Smith. This is why I doubt Kelly will be the guy anyway.
  • With the thin draft and shallow free agent pool, any thing they do this year will be a stop gap at QB. I feel bad for Nick Foles.
  • I like Foles, but I'm not in love with him. I think the Eagles feel about the same. With veterans likely to be released and the Eagles possibly being a little cap strapped with dead money I don't think it would be wise to think they will be competing much next season. With so many holes to fill on the roster I wouldn't be surprised to see the team maybe sign a veteran QB and trade down in the draft. Vick is gone. Lol what if they brought in McNabb? Just kidding. It's all so early that I don't know what direction the birds will go. All of it will depend on who they choose as a coach and maybe even a new GM. Who they choose will determine how much they really like Foles and if they think he's the future. Maybe they consider him Hoying version and decide to trade him away.
  • I'm reading HERE that people want Jay Gruden, and that they don't like the fact that Atlanta's coaches are already lining up interviews even though they still have work to do elsewhere.

    I know I don't want Sarkisian, and I know I won't get Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, or Tom Cable. At this point I really can't think of anyone who will build the Eagles the way I'd like to see them built. So I'm interested to read, who does everyone else want?
  • As a Raider fan I got to watch what Tom Cable did firsthand. He was steadily reviving a bad team, while working to please a meddling owner (I still LOVE you Al Davis!). He was/is the root of Oakland's power rungame that they've been hanging their hat on. (Yes it includes elements of Zone running.) Cable also also brought stability to the O-line when it was badly needed.

    Look at what Cable is over in Seattle doing now as the O-line coach. Even with a bad back Marshawn Lynch has had a stellar couple of years over there, and the rookie QB (that I liked better than RG3) gets both protection AND passing lanes to compensate for his height. Tom Cable has a TON to do with those things.
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