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Old 08-10-2011, 09:42 PM   #421
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For anyone curious, word I've heard out of Eagles camp is that Vince Young is really struggling...while in Houston Matt Leinart is dominating
Straight up trade: John Beck for Matt Leinart? Trading a back up for a franchise quarterback?

And by franchise quarterback I mean John Beck.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:21 PM   #422
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The Iggles strangely have done little with their OL other than signing Harris. They need help up front. The best WR's in the world don't matter when Vick is in a cast and Young is on his back.

I refuse to buy the Iggles' hype even with this signing.
Man I hope you're right. So in other words you think they're following the Vinny Cerrato Official Method of Team Building: Get skill position players first and neglect the offensive line until it ends up costing you big time.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:23 PM   #423
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Man I hope you're right. So in other words you think they're following the Vinny Cerrato Official Method of Team Building: Get skill position players first and neglect the offensive line until it ends up costing you big time.
No no. I didn't neglect the offensive line. I drafted Chris Samuels in 2000. And people don't realize this but Malcolm Kelly was an underrated blocker coming out of college.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:25 PM   #424
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There are at least a few people who say the Eagles have serious holes in key areas to really do much damage...I'd like to think they're right
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I'd take Beck and Gross over Leinart
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There are at least a few people who say the Eagles have serious holes in key areas to really do much damage...I'd like to think they're right
All I can think of is Linebacker. Which would be great if they didn't have such a high powered offense. Doesn't matter how much you can run the ball when you're down 28-14 in the fourth quarter unless you have someone like Chris Johnson that can hit a home run.

On the flip side though if someone shuts down Vick and then runs the ball all over the Eagles D, then they'll be as useful as a turtle on its back. Or you could get into a shoot out and hope like hell to come out on top. I'm thinking the second method will be more popular.
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No no. I didn't neglect the offensive line. I drafted Chris Samuels in 2000. And people don't realize this but Malcolm Kelly was an underrated blocker coming out of college.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:35 PM   #428
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For anyone curious, word I've heard out of Eagles camp is that Vince Young is really struggling...while in Houston Matt Leinart is dominating
Yeah but Young has been learning that offense for like what, a week? Leinart has been in his system for a year. Hopefully it all goes back to good things for teams that give QB's at least a year to learn a system.
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Chris Samuels is missed by a lot of Redskins fans!
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Straight up trade: John Beck for Matt Leinart? Trading a back up for a franchise quarterback?

And by franchise quarterback I mean John Beck.
i'd probably bet on leinart... not that he's all that much better.
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chris samuels is missed by a lot of redskins fans!
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There are at least a few people who say the Eagles have serious holes in key areas to really do much damage...I'd like to think they're right
They're almost certainly primed to go deeper into the playoffs than they did last year.

But one of the weird drawbacks to just trying to pick up all the best odds and ends on the free agent market is that the Eagles are almost certainly going to have picked up a couple of lemons who will make a paycheck this year without really contributing. And that's going to lower the overall quality of this team.

Now, that's not a problem for 2012 when the Eagles are loaded, because they can just move on from the players who "didn't fit" - addition by subtraction, if you will. They'll almost certainly be a super bowl contender next year. I'm just not confident they are right now.

They'll probably win a playoff game and end up in the divisional round, but they won't be able to take either the Packers or Saints in a one game set, and certainly won't handle them back to back if they can't manage to get a bye.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:20 PM   #433
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All I can think of is Linebacker. Which would be great if they didn't have such a high powered offense. Doesn't matter how much you can run the ball when you're down 28-14 in the fourth quarter unless you have someone like Chris Johnson that can hit a home run.

On the flip side though if someone shuts down Vick and then runs the ball all over the Eagles D, then they'll be as useful as a turtle on its back. Or you could get into a shoot out and hope like hell to come out on top. I'm thinking the second method will be more popular.
I don't know if I see the Eagles as a highpowered offense. I suppose I could always fall asleep one night to the MNF game on loop last year until my opinion changes, but I think they have one player who'd I'd feel confident signing to a franchise-length contract: LeSean McCoy.

McCoy gets a lot of his value (which, I don't think people realize that he's already like a top five back in total value/yards from scrimmage) from being the third option for defenses, but he's typically the one delivering the knockout blow.

As for Vick, Maclin, and Jackson, they're all really good players, but each one is probably flawed: Jackson doesn't always adjust to the ball while it's in the air and his hands aren't great, Maclin isn't and will never be a yards after catch guy, and Vick is injury prone and is terrible with pressure on him. Which is why teams do nothing but blitz him: if you're 50-50 to bring him down at any point, you might as well pick the backfield to take that risk. His career sack rate suggests as much. Any quarterback who gets blitzed as much as he does will look good numbers-wise (YPA) b/c of fewer defenders in coverage, it's just how you have to play him because of his skill set.

All three of those guys had good years last year. If they all have career average years in 2011, they'll look something like this:

Vick: 3,100 yards on 450 attempts, 23 TDs, 12 INTs, + 580 age adjusted rushing yards and 42 (!) sacks in 14 games (86.7 ancient QB rating)

Maclin: 63 receptions for 863 receiving yards, 7 receiving TDs
Jackson: 52 receptions for 936 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs + 100 rushing yards

Yards of Total offense (rushing + receiving) for Maclin, Jackson, Vick: 2479

Those are my projections for the Eagles offense. To me, they're not all that high powered. It's far more exciting than watching the Chiefs, but the production is about the same.
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All I can think of is Linebacker. Which would be great if they didn't have such a high powered offense. Doesn't matter how much you can run the ball when you're down 28-14 in the fourth quarter unless you have someone like Chris Johnson that can hit a home run.

On the flip side though if someone shuts down Vick and then runs the ball all over the Eagles D, then they'll be as useful as a turtle on its back. Or you could get into a shoot out and hope like hell to come out on top. I'm thinking the second method will be more popular.
As you indicate, their linebackers are a problem area. Also, their offensive line is destined to struggle even if Harris can remain healthy. Vick is a likely candidate for the injury report. Add it all up and you have good but not great and certainly not "Dream Team."
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:01 AM   #435
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My arch-nemesis Adam Schefter reporting that the Eagles have signed former Giants WR Steve Smith to a one-year contract. He's on the PUP list but could be ready to play by midseason
Giants were hoping he'd retire, knee is that bad....seriously doubt he'll see the field.
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