Category: General Football

If we want a winning team, we need to…

By: Terenna

1.  Coaching– Andy Reid needs to leave.  Release Howard Mudd.  Release Juan Castillo. Then allow the new coach to keep or release the other assistant coaches.  I want a head coach that believes in power and dominating the trenches.  It’s how you win a Superbowl.  I just read a rumor that Juan might be going and Steve Spagnuolo could return as Reid’s defensive coordinator.  That would be a step in the right direction.

No longer the Answer

2.  Overall Defense – I  would began to draft, trade and pick up defensive players fit for a 3-4 defensive system.  I would move Brandon Graham and Trent Cole to linebacker.  I would keep Chaney in at LB and I would draft another high round LB.  I would then move Cullen Jenkins to DE, bring in another mid round DE prospect or FA and then draft a high round Nose Tackle.  We can’t make the switch until we bring in a good Powerful Nose Tackle.

3.  The Run Defense (if we keep our current system)- The wide 9 is undoubtedly a good system for getting sacks with your front four.  The two concerns about the wide 9 are, that the D line leaves huge run gaps and that they are only responsible for one gap.   It’s not their responsibility to play two gaps to try to stop the run.    Solution: We can do one of two things.  Either move away from the wide 9 system entirely or bring in a big run stuffing inside linebacker and a run stuffing safety for running downs.  Our run defense has been terrible at times and gives up the 11th worst rushing average.  I would spend two of my top four picks on Linebackers.  I would also allow Brandon Graham to convert to inside linebacker.  He has the athleticism and size to be a dominant run stuffing LB.

4.  The Goal Line Offense and Power Rushing – We can’t beat the D-line when rushing for short yardage, up the center.  We are third in negative plays up the center and third to last  in Rush Pwr [up the center] = Percentage of rushes on 3rd or 4th down with 2 or fewer yards to go that achieved a first down or TD. Also includes rushes on 1st-and-goal and 2nd-and-goal from the opponent’s 2-yard line or closer (  Howard Mudd likes to have smaller more athletic centers and guards which is good at running on the outside because of pulling O-line men, but terrible up the front because they are small and weak.  I would also release Howard Mudd.  I’m not a fan of his system.  Power wins games.    Solution: Change the O-line system and increase strength and power.   Draft another center and a guard and allow Jamaal Jackson to compete for the starting job.  I would spend two of our top 4 picks on offensive linemen.

5.  Drafting and Free Agency (if our system doesn’t change) – Top needs 1. Linebacker 2. Guard 3. Center 4. Guard 5. Safety (run-stuffing).  I would consider trading Asomugha for a run stuffing linebacker if we can’t find one in the draft.  Dominique Rodgers Cromartie’s stats are as good as Asomugha’s despite playing less. They’ve both been burned by big plays, but based on DRC’s young age and past production I would rather keep him.

6.  GM and Draft War Room – The Eagles could improve their drafting success, but hiring me.   I can be contacted here.  My Top 5 Prospects for the Eagles 2010 draft has been pretty successful.  Take a Look.   LeGarrette Blount RB, Victor Cruz WR  were late round steels .  Alterraun Verner CB and Navorro Bowman OLB are mid-round superstars.  Jared Veldheer OT and Maurkice Pouncey C/G are great and our O-line would be able to convert short yardage.  Especially with Blount running behind it.



WR 18 Jeremy Maclin    14  Riley Cooper 84 Hank Baskett
LT 71 Jason Peters           68 Austin Howard
LG 79 Todd Herremans     62 Max Jean-Gilles
C 67 Jamaal Jackson    77 Mike McGlynn
RG 76 Stacy Andrews       59 Nick Cole
RT 74 Winston Justice 65 King Dunlap 78
TE 87 Brent Celek           88 Clay Harbor
WR 10 DeSean Jackson     81 Jason Avant
FB 43 Leonard Weaver
RB 25 LeSean McCoy    26 Mike Bell 34 Eldra Buckley
QB 4  Kevin Kolb        7  Michael Vick     3   Mike Kafka


LDE 94 Brandon Graham 75 Juqua Parker   52 Daniel Te’o-Nesheim95 [Abiamiri, Victor]
LDT 98 Mike Patterson      93 Trevor Laws
RDT 97 Brodrick Bunkley  64 Antonio Dixon
RDE 58 Trent Cole          91 Darryl Tapp
WILL 50 Ernie Sims    59 Keenan Clayton
MLB 55 Stewart Bradley     96 Omar Gaither     48 Jamar Chaney
SAM 56 Akeem Jordan  53 Moise Fokou
LCB 22 Asante Samuel 21 Joselio Hanson  23 Dimitri Patterson
RCB 31 Ellis Hobbs  35 Trevard Lindley 38 Jorrick Calvin
SS 27 Quintin Mikell      42  Kurt Coleman
FS 29 Nate Allen 39 Quintin Demps


P 6 Sav Rocca
K 2 Akers, David
H 6 Sav Rocca
PR 38 Jorrick Calvin 18 Jeremy Maclin
KOR 38 Jorrick Calvin 39 Quintin Demps     
LS 46 Jon Dorenbos 87 Brent Celek

Rookies in bold

[Injured players]

[Ricky Sapp] placed on IR

[Marlin Jackson] placed on IR

Player updates from first Eagles Mini camp:

  • Kevin Kolb looked really good on his short and medium distance throws.  He was accurate and put good zip on the ball.  I didn’t like what I was seeing from his deep throws as much.  When receivers had the defensive backs beat, Kolb  under threw several balls allowing the defensive backs to break up the catch.  He just need to up a little more air under his deep throws, but I’m sure that he will be ready when the season starts.
  • I really wasn’t high on Blue Cooper when we signed him.  He didn’t have great production and didn’t run a great 40 for his size, but ran some very good routes in practice.  I would love to know what his short shuttle and 3 cone times are because he appears to have very good cutting ability and agility.  I would need to see a lot more before I started to like his chances of making the team, but mini camp was a good start.
  • Dimitri Patterson looked good in one on one drills covering wide receivers and broke up a few passes, a feat that several of our other starting Cornerbacks didn’t manage.  I’m not sure if Dimitri is going to make the team this year though, and is a becoming a bit of a journey man.  He still is pretty young though at 26 years old.
  • DeSean Jackson is absolutely awesome, but I did see him fail to sell one of his routes.  I’m not worried at all about him though.
  • Stewart Bradly is completely healed and looks good so far.
  • Victor Abiamiri isn’t going to be up to full speed until about half way through training camp.  He could have a pretty hard time making the team at this point because of all the DE rookies that we brought in.
  • I caught defensive coordinator Sean McDermott’s post mini camp interview and he sounded like he knew what he was talking about.  I liked his answers a lot and think that he is going to end up being a really good coach for us.  I wasn’t as sure about Marty Mornhinweg’s answers, but he has done well enough for us so far.
  • The center competition is still between four guys, Nick Cole, Mike McGlynn, A.Q. Shipley and Max Jean-Gilles (who needs to lose weight).  Mike McGlynn and Nick Cole are splitting reps with the first team, but Cole is the starter at this point.  I liked A.Q. Shipley coming out of college.  He has very good power when run blocking.  I really hope he steps it up and makes the team.
  • LeSean McCoy dropped about seven lbs. to 210 and looks quicker.  He is also stepping up and teaching the younger guys.

Here is a quote from Kevin Kolb on his first mini camp:

“I thought it was good. There are always mistakes and things you need to correct, but it was smooth for me out there. It was a good lead-in for tomorrow. This was really the first time I was more excited than nervous coming into a mini-camp,” said Kolb. “In the years past, I was a little nervous about getting back into it, but this time I was excited about getting in here and being a starter and getting back into the whole swing of football.”

I believe that Marc Bulger could be a valuable asset to struggling NFL teams. If he can stay healthy and have a quality team around him with a good offensive line, I believe that he could take a team to the play offs or even the superbowl. His production has trailed off quite a bit in the last few years, but so did the quality of Rams players. His offensive line was absolutely terrible as were his receivers for the most part. There are very few NFL quarterbacks who can succeed behind porous offensive lines.

He is Thirty-three years old, which leaves him with eight or so years of playing time according to Favre (really more like four years). I think that if Favre decided to not come back to the Vikings, they could continue their success with Bulger. I also think that he could be a good fit on the Raiders, but they would need to improve their offensive line in the draft. I also think that if he doesn’t mind being a back up the Eagles could draft him as an insurance policy for Kolb and Vick. I think and hope that Kolb will succeed, but if he doesn’t, I don’t want to rely too heavily on Vick. He hasn’t started for years. He didn’t look that great throwing the ball last year and he was always a better runner than passer. I don’t think that he is as fast as he used to be either. His decline could have just been because he was only back for one year, but I would rather be safe and have a third starting capable quarterback. The other option to getting Bulger in Free agency is to draft a QB. I’m going to look at some more middle round QBs for the Eagles to possibly draft. I think that I would almost rather have them pick up Bulger of another veteran because then we could focus more on the O-line and the defense, but we also have to think about the future after Kolb. Is it too early to draft another good QB to train and improve behind Kolb? I don’t think so. Kolb is twenty-seven years old, which would give a young QB five years of improvement when Kolb is thirty-two. At that point if the younger QB panned out we could either start him or trade him. We would get a lot more value for him than the original pick. If Kolb wasn’t working out too great or we just thought that he was too old, we could trade him and start the younger QB. I think that the best course of action though would be to get a veteran this year and either next year or the year after that draft a young potential starting QB of the future. That way we can focus on improving Kolb’s protection and our bolstering our defense.

Season Team Passing Rushing Fumbles
G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2009 Rams 9 8 140 247 56.7 1,469 5.9 5 6 14 85 70.7 8 22 2.8 0 6 1
15 15 251 440 57.0 2,720 6.2 11 13 38 263 71.4 14 41 2.9 0 5 4
12 12 221 378 58.5 2,392 6.3 11 15 37 269 70.3 9 13 1.4 0 6 3
16 16 370 588 62.9 4,301 7.3 24 8 49 366 92.9 18 44 2.4 0 6 3
8 8 192 287 66.9 2,297 8.0 14 9 26 188 94.4 9 29 3.2 0 4 2
14 14 321 485 66.2 3,964 8.2 21 14 41 302 93.7 19 89 4.7 3 5 4
15 15 336 532 63.2 3,845 7.2 22 22 37 288 81.4 29 75 2.6 4 8 6
7 7 138 214 64.5 1,826 8.5 14 6 12 102 101.5 12 -13 -1.1 1 2 2
0 0 0.0
TOTAL 1,969 3,171 62.1 22,814 7.2 122 93 254 1,863 84.4 118 300 2.5 8 42 25