Eagles 2014 Offseason Philosophy | Eagles Addict

Recently, EAGLES GM Howie Roseman has at least TWICE (here and here) publicly 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 the upcoming 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 off-season schedule, I’d formulate a roster that helped out not just in the short term, but down the road a bit as well.

On March 11th during the initial round of free agency, I’d target Miami CB Brent Grimes and move Bradley Fletcher over to FS. As you saw this season, he has the speed, size, physicality and tackling ability to play Safety.

Brent Grimes

Brent Grimes only signed a 1-year deal in Miami. Photo: ANDY LYONS / GETTY IMAGES

Add to that his experience playing Safety in St. Louis, and you have an instantly better Secondary with a FS who’d understand exactly what the CB was seeing out there in this system.

It couldn’t hurt to have FS who can man-up like a CB with a slot WR. Why not make one move and upgrade two 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 unique to Philadelphia.

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 on-board 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. I’d sit pat unless a knock-my-socks-off trade popped up, or someone inexplicably cut a player like a Bernard Pierce or an Adrian Clayborn, in which case 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, 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 cut-downs when known name after known name found its way to the cutting room floor.

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.

 


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4 Responses to Eagles 2014 Offseason Philosophy

  1. Alexander Forest says:

    There’s no way that, in their right mind, the Eagles front office would decide to trade away a rising star at the center position in Jason Kelce… Are you kidding me?? The guy was arguably a Pro Bowl snub and he is just entering his prime, not to mention the fact that he is a leader and team favorite within the locker room… If anything they will lock him up with a long-term contract extension… In regards to your proposition with the safety position, I think that moving Bradley Fletcher to safety would be a mistake. I’m not saying that he couldn’t do it (I actually think he could MAYBE be a decent safety) but why not keep the continuity at the corner positions and go out and sign a game-changer in Jairus Byrd? The guy is a playmaker who would instantly upgrade the secondary. Go out and sign him (if not him, plan B is TJ Ward) then sign a few mid-level targets to add to depth throughout the roster. Re-sign Cooper and Maclin and then this team will be primed for the draft.

    - Zander

    • I have to say Walt, I agree with Zander. If anything, Kelce is a prime candidate for an extension this offseason. Byrd would be a no-brainer if they could get him (and if he even makes it to FA). Fletcher at safety is an interesting idea and could possibly work. But, I’d rather get a true safety and keep Fletch at CB.

      Cooper and Maclin will be interesting subjects as free agency approaches.

  2. tval says:

    Agree wth zander as well…Ive seen kelce as adequate since u. Of cincy days but hes performed admirably..I think if we pulled this off and took a lamarcus joyner(former nat’l h.s. player of the year) crazy mutant long arms to make up for height.. who started 3 years at safety and was all american earl thomas type, then moved to corner to showcase his cover skills to nfl and was arguably best corner in the country while leading fsu in sacks..then this defense would be ready to do some things..he would free bill davis’ playbook..I likd nate allen much more than pat chung fwiw..but terrence brooks as well from fsu #31..one of our 3 yr starter/leaders in a standout defense maybe play of game in natl championship strippn wr in seam on perfectly placed ball on 3rd down midfield 3rd qrt for incompletion..great cover guy great range and sure tackler..instant upgrade over chung or allen..should be mid-late 2nd early 3rd..go noles! :)

    • Kelly and Davis will love Joyner’s versatility and playmaking skills. But, he doesn’t pass the “big people beat up little people” test, ha ha. However, in his case maybe little people beat up big people?

      Brooks is an interesting option and could be there in the 3rd or 4th round.


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