LITTLE GAMBLE ON A BIG GUY.

Posted March 30, 2013

IFEANYI Momah is a 6'7" 239lb WR who recently was clocked running a 4.4. His Boston College numbers are anything but impressive, AND he's coming off of a knee injury. Still, if this guy can get open and catch a ball, I say by all means let's see what he can do as part of a vertical passing option.

I'm sure there are reasons why other teams haven't scooped him up, but earlier this week we traded for a guy on his 5th team in three years, who is heralded as a disappointing 6th round selection. If we're giving guys like THAT a chance, there has to some excitement for a guy like this who has yet to indicate that he can't contribute at this level. 

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  • Watching a little film own the kid and I came away thinking a few things. First he's not a big 240 pounds, and his legs are very skinny. If he's going to become a legit red zone threat he may have to put on some pounds. Rather he needs to gain some muscle. The last three moves by the Eagles show a sharp departure from what the previous regime has done in the past. All of these guys are rather big, compared to the smaller guys whe have always picked up in the past. Finally I don't see any of the last few moves as big risks. As such why not give these guys a shot? The only thing that concerns me is a lot of the guys they have been picking up have had injury issues or they have been underachievers. If guys can't stay healthy the team will suffer.
  • The constant underachiever thing is what concerns me most. I get the notion that you need some role player/good soldier types, but you NEED stars, a few straws that stir the drink on a team that's supposed to do anything besides pick in the top 10 every year.

    That was one of our biggest problems in Oakland, after Marcus Allen I think AL DAVIS lost his tolerance for being challenged. That's why we had so many Yes-men coaches who couldn't lead a stone to the ground.

    It's also the Sixers biggest problem. (A.I. was in the building last night. MAN do I miss HIM!) they have a bunch of "guys", but no stars.
  • The underachievers are all over this roster, but they have been there already too. In fact more than a few just got let go with their hefty salaries. A guy like Geathers doesn't concern me all that much. Take him or leave him he costs you nothing, but if Chip Kelly really is just lying, and Mike Vick really is just his quarterback then I'm truly concerned. There isn't a bigger underachiever on the roster than him. Everybody is down on Romo for getting 100 million dollar contract for one playoff win, but Mike Vick go two 100 million dollar contract for only two playoff wins.
  • Why not?
  • That's exactly the attitude I'm taking with THIS particular player. I'm still waiting for the Eagles to add a few leaders to the team.

    At present it looks like Kelly's going to rely on DeMeco Ryans to be his barker on D, but if Mike Vick isn't the starter I'm concerned that we won't have a guy that players know enough about (read: respect enough) to listen when he barks.

    Good teams have those guys, or at least a coach who does it. The 49ers have a number of rah-rah guys on defense, and none really on offense; but it's cool because they have Harbaugh and his "WHO'S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?!!" line. OOPS! That's right, they also just added Anquan Boldin.

    The last time we had such a player on Offense, we went to a Super Bowl.
  • What has all this Mike Vick leadership accomplished? Lets not overrate a bunch of talking with actual solid play. Lead own the field that's all that matters. I am sick of all the talking. It has accomplished nothing from this team. I don't care if another soul spouts off own this roster. All they have to do is their job.
  • You ever see a pre-game warm-up? You ever see a sideline rally speech? It matters to the players. That means it matters in a game. That means it matters to you.
  • Please I've seen a several pregame speeches lead to losses. ID rather have a guy making 12 tackles a game than a guy doing a bunch of talking and little producing. The game is won and loss on the field.
  • (Getting BACK to what I was ACTUALLY saying to GTD.) We all know who that guy is on Defense. It's the OFFENSE that needs a guy. Normally it's the QB, but if we truly are having a QB Derby, nobody is going to see the winning QB as the guy. Even the winning QB will be looking over his shoulder.

    Look at Alex Smith, Jake Locker, Kevin Kolb, and Mark Sanchez. Each guy has had to fight for his spot in the last couple years, and not one of them has/had following on their roster. You know what a lame duck is right?

    (Specifically for) EZ:
    What I'm saying in plain, unbroken, English, (and I'll even use small words) is: I want them to get a guy who can fire up the part of the team that has to go score points. They need to get one, because we don't have one.
  • I think Chip is setting this camp up to be open competition almost across the board. I know there are guys like McCoy who are a lock to win but Kelly has been bringing in what seems like a lot of low risk high reward type players it's going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
  • As he should. He doesn't owe any of these players anything. No reason why any of then should be sacred cows at this point to him.

    I think there are a few positions where he has an obvious thing to do, but he HAS to want to at least see what he has, for himself.
  • exactly I think day one he's going to get in front of everyone and say that this is a new team and no one is guaranteed a spot. Certain guys will obviously win the starting jobs they held last season but it looks like he wants to create a hungry that realizes they have to earn everything
  • Agreed.

    With him coming from college to the pros, I hope he doesn't over-estimate the impact of his speech. Every starter we have (Besides Kurt Coleman) would quickly find work if cut during camp, or OTA's.

    Right now, even with 2 years of being buried in the press up here, Nnamdi is deciding between either a team that has his old DC on it, or a team that went to the last two NFC Championship games and lost the last Super bowl by a FG. And HE's deciding who gets him! Guys who leave here are finding work but nobody is beating down the door to come here. So Chip Kelly's leverage until he has a winning record is minimal at best.

    If I as a fan know that, then of course the players know it, and I hope that Chip Kelly knows it. Moreover, I hope he acts accordingly.
  • I think he is acting accordingly. He's a college coach so he's used to getting players motivated without the allure of big money. I think he's gonna be able to get the majority of these guys to buy and change the mentality of the organization. Reid changed things in his owe why when he first came here and built a reputation for winning. Sadly after so success the mindset turned to the Eagles needed to win a championship now and it just didn't happen. It might take a season or two but there's no reason Kelly can't rebuild this team into a perennial playoff team who can hopefully do what Reid was never able to.
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