January 20, 2014

PLAYING EAGLES GM.

EAGLES GM Howie Roseman (at least) TWICE ( Exhibit A  and Exibit B ) has publicly and recently lamented the idea that this team has needed a Safety since they let Brian Dawkins walk in 2008.

We've actually needed one even before Dawk left. If you recall, the coaching staff tried to groom Quintin Demps to take over, but he ended up in the doghouse after blowing a tackle on an Adrian Peterson TD run in the 2008 playoffs.

My guess is that in this Draft we may FINALLY address this issue with a stud player at the FS position, (and no, even prior to his being drafted did I ever consider Nate Allen to be that player.)

In any case if I were to play the part of Eagles GM, armed with my handy-dandy offseason schedule I’d formulate a roster that helped out not just in the short term, but down the road a bit as well.

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On March 11th during the initial round of FA, I'd target Miami CB Brent Grimes and move Bradley Fletcher over to FS. (Yep, still on that.) As you saw this season, he has the speed, size, physicality and tackling ability to play FS, and he has experience playing Safety in St. Louis.

It couldn't hurt us to have FS who can man-up like a CB with a slot WR. Why not make 1 move and upgrade 2 positions while giving the rookie someone to learn from? Besides that, Grimes is Philly born, so coming back to play for a playoff team in front of family and friends could be a selling point.

I'd also go out and steal C Alex Mack from the Browns. Aside from being 2 years older, he's an upgrade IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY over Jason Kelce. Once Mack was onboard I’d package Kelce and our second rounder to move up in that round (since a low second round pick carries basically a high third round value).

This is all I'd do in the first round of FA. Just go out and get a couple of tone setters. Then I’d rest until the Draft. Unless a knock-my-socks-off trade popped up, or someone inexplicably cut a player like a Bernard Pierce, or an Adrian Clayborn (FA), then I’d pounce.

On May 8th during the Draft, my priorities would be: FS (to groom, not start immediately), OLB (who is also fluid in coverage), OT, G, K, and C, in that order. Afterwards in (rookie Free Agency) I'd add some size and brute strength at ILB, a versatile LS (yep, I'm still on that too), and a DB/KR.

Starting with the June 1st purging of veterans, I'd add "vets with something to prove”, on 1 and 2 year incentivized contracts. I would avoid attempting to sign a guy to play a large role.  These veteran’s individual feelings of urgency would permeate my camp. They’d be living, breathing, talking, teaching, day in and day out examples to the youth. It would also lend gravity to cutdowns when known name after known name found its way to the cutting room floor.

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A talented roster playing with a sense of urgency, is not a bad way to start a season, or condition the mindset of a roster. 

 

8 Comments:
  • To start I'm bringing back maclin, cooper, jones, Allen, and colt anderson.

    Starting in free agency first second u can talk to a player I'm breaking down Greg Hardys door. If we can't get him I'm at Ryan pickets house next. Hell I got guys at each door at the same damn time.

    I'm not a big fan of the OLB in this years FA so I'm looking ILB after that. I'm starting there with jon beason followed by Donald butler.

    Odds are the corners are going to be highly paid and some of the top guys come with questions either due to age or injury. Shields n Talib have been injuried. Grimes n Tillman are getting old. Verner is the star but will most likely gonna get a huge contract most likely from the titans n drc sure as hell isn't coming back. That's leaves us vontae Davis, who I love, but the money isn't gonna be there. I'm passing on corners , maybe going after the Captain. Munnerlyn

    Tj ward chris Clemons Stevie brown. One will be an eagle next year.

    Id try for dexter mccluster, ted ginn jr, or hester to have a legit return man or danario alexander on a one year deal.

    So all that said I want hardy, beason, ward. Anyone added to that is just a nice bonus.

    Draft day comes and I gotta see who is available where. Like we said before it's January so that's hard to tell but from what I seen/did I'm going to have my draft go

    1st- Justin Gilbert CB OK State
    2nd- Kyle van noy OLB BYU
    3rd- Kenny ladler FS Vanderbilt
    4th- Aj Johnson ILB Tennessee
    5th- Isaiah Lewis Safety Michigan State
    5th- Kurtis Drummond Safety Michigan State ( they did have the number one ranked defense all year), if Drummond didn't come out I'd go chris Leno OT Boise state.
    7th- Coddy Hoffman WR BYU

    I like our back up olineman that's why I didn't pick any up. Odds are atleast 5 are brought in during camp and some might impress. I'd most likely work out a trade so I can get more picks. I'd like to see Keith Price brought in at qb. DeAnthony thomas would be a nice late round pick up.
  • That's a lot of adds. Who would you let walk?
  • Not all the players mentioned in fa will sign thats why i would target so many. But we have alot of fa we dont need back. Ryans may be a trade. Bryce brown as well. Cary williams is on the outside with me. Sadly as well as trent cole. Casey matthews needs to be gone. Avants gone. James Casey too. Geathers out. Obviously Chung Coleman and whoever Keenan Johnson is.

    So I got 8 guys defiantly gone with a couple others who could be traded
  • I think Trent Cole is here AND starting in 2014. He has a 2014 cap value of 6.6 but a dead money figure of 4.8. That means they save 1.6 million to kick their 2013 sack leader to the curb.

    Personally I like the idea. It means we can see Brandon Graham be more than a spot player whose best years are being wasted.
  • Agreed
  • Graham has started to emerge as a solid player in the league. He has never been what we wanted him to become, but I felt he has played well enough to deserve a starting position on this squad.
  • I think Todd Herremans is also here and starting in 2014 due to cap issues.

    His cap figure is 4.2, but dead money has him at 3.6, which means they'd only save 600K to cut a guy who can play G and T. Herremans represents depth.

    The thing is, do you pay him 4.2 to ride pine? I think not. So I think he'll start.

    In 2015 there's more space between his cap figure of 5.2 and his dead money figure of 2.4. At that point I think the Eagles bite the bullet and they part ways, as he seeks another team.

    I also wouldn't be surprised to see both sides restructure and bury the remaining 2.4 million of his pro-rated bonus into 2014, then seeing him retire after the season.
  • They have a good secondary---with cary Williams adding vet leadership---they need a talker and leader in safety postion over the top. The eagles need chemistry in backfield,and on sae page period,no one person doing there own thing,boykin is a beast period----add dept---and get another weapon at wr and defense line and linebacker.

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