Team needs: Philadelphia Eagles

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Thanks to a 4-8 start, last season was anything but a dream for the Eagles. Their offense turned the ball over far too often in opposition territory, their defense struggled to stop anyone in the first month of the season and it looked like there might be a housecleaning when all was said and done. Four straight wins at the end of the year put an end to those notions, but the pressure for better results in Philly will be high in 2012.

Linebacker: This unit was terrible last season and acquiring DeMeco Ryans in a trade from Houston only gets them part of the way to where they need to be in 2012. Right now, Brian Rolle and Jamar Chaney would likely be the outside backers and the team could stand an upgrade at either place. Luke Kuechly of Boston College is the top linebacker in the draft, but he played inside at BC. He might be athletic enough to fill the role or the Eagles could wait until the second round for a shot at North Carolina’s Zach Brown, Utah State’s Bobby Wagner or Nebraska’s Lavonte David.

Safety: Brian Dawkins doesn’t live here anymore and that’s a problem for the Eagles defense. Nate Allen got better as the year went along, but strong safeties Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett were never more than adequate. Jarrett could get better or the Eagles could tab Alabama’s Mark Barron at 15 to make that a moot issue.

Defensive Tackle: The Eagles are set on the ends with Jason Babin and Trent Cole, but they didn’t get the production they would have liked from Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson in the middle of the line. A second year in Jim Washburn’s system could make things better, but so could an athletic player like Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State. If not, look for the Eagles to address the position with one of their two second round picks. This isn’t as pressing a need as the first two, but adding the right player could make this a very good defense.

Quarterback: Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for this team in 2012, but there’s a lot of smoke about the Eagles finding the next guy in line. Mike Kafka can be a backup, but there’s not much reason for confidence he can be more than that. We’ve all heard the rumors about interest in Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, but dealing up for a chance to get him seems unlikely. Taking a quarterback who they can groom over the next year or two in the middle rounds wouldn’t be a bad move, though.

The Eagles still have most of the guts of the team that many picked to win the NFC East last season. The need to get better up the middle of the defense is obvious, though, and the Eagles can’t afford to ignore it again this season.

72 responses to “Team needs: Philadelphia Eagles

  1. what the eagles will never get anytime soon is a superbowl trophy! they can however visit the super bowl trophies owned by the giants,redskins and the cowboys! lol
    they have been league chokers 62 years,and it ain’t stopping anytime soon!

  2. Let the dream team thing go mike and crew. Its old news get some new material.

    Also Jenkins did just fine last year. Hence why we gave him an extension. It was Patterson that stunk.

    We’re NOT drafting Tannehill get that out of your head. That dude stinks. He is just getting blown up due to the rest of the QBs in this class. Outside of Luck & Griffin its slim and none.

  3. skinstidecubsfan -Really? Eagle don’t have a super bowl? thanks for the breaking news story. I hope you and all your Redskin pals enjoy the NFC East basement again this year. Hail to the basment dwelling fooball team from washington.

  4. “what the eagles will never get anytime soon is a superbowl trophy! they can however visit the super bowl trophies owned by the giants,redskins and the cowboys! lol
    they have been league chokers 62 years,and it ain’t stopping anytime soon!”

    Actually if you wanna go there. It’s been 46 years. We have 3 Championships before they were called Super Bowls.

    Hate all you want on the Eagles. Us fan could of gave up on them , but we live and die with our team. We WILL be Champions one day , and it’ll be worth the wait. It’s just going to make it that much better.

  5. This isn’t too far off base, but the Eagles also need a threat in the red zone, either by adding a WR or a TE with good hands and height.

    After trading for Ryans I don’t see the Eagles going for a linebacker in the early rounds, Reid never has. They’re probably also going to be gun-shy about using yet another high pick on a safety, if they can address it in FA or through a trade or simply by improving their existing young safeties.

  6. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh – Can’t wait to read what type of trailer park grammer you will use in your excuse this season after the Eagles ravage a Steelers team that has no where to go but rock bottom.

  7. skinstidecubsfan says:
    Apr 17, 2012 11:14 AM
    what the eagles will never get anytime soon is a superbowl trophy! they can however visit the super bowl trophies owned by the giants,redskins and the cowboys! lol
    they have been league chokers 62 years,and it ain’t stopping anytime soon!

     

    @skinstidecubsfan

    Funny your comments come from someone with the Chicago cubs in their screenname. Hahaha really dude. Biggest loser in sports. And the redskins are good at two things: losing seasons and letting fans of other teams invade thier stadium. Nice attempt at trolling though.

  8. @skinstidecubsfan,

    We’d love to see your Super Bowl trophies. Can we also see your “we totally sucked last year but we were 2-0 against the eventual Super Bowl Champs so we actually are really good” trophy that your moronic fanbase on here is constantly bragging about?

  9. Prediction for the draft: Whoever the Eagles pick will get booed by the Eagle fans!

    If Santa isn’t safe, you shouldn’t feel safe. Lock your doors!!

  10. The Eagles already own the NFC East every year. I would like to see some more competition in the division. They went 5 & 1 only to see the cheating NJ Giants back into the playoffs.

  11. I’m a cowboy fan, but I have to be honest…I think the eagles are the team that will win the NFCE in 2012. They have addressed their LB problem (finally) and really that was their biggest hole. They can still get better at FS/SS/LB, sure, but the huge hole at LB is now much smaller.

  12. Mike Kafka can be a backup, but there’s not much reason for confidence he can be more than that.

    Paging the Arizona Cardinals…….A. Reid is holding on line 2.

  13. LB I agree with, as well as backup QB.

    DT I dont. Im not sure where your opinions come from there. Cullen Jenkins was fantastic, and Mike Patterson was second team All-Pro. No, they didnt get sacks and stats. DTs often dont. They just resigned Landri and Dixon is coming back from an injury.

    A backup DT is about all we are liable to see. They definitely wont be drafting one at 15 with their starters already set…

  14. Can’t wait for the Eagles to tee-off on RGLeaf and brake a few ribs in the process like the did to Vick 2 years ago when McFlabb won his one and only game against the Eagles. You could see the 2 deadskins aiming at Vick’s ribs as he scored a touchdown against them. KARMA’s a be-otch sometimes, and the deadskins will be crying rivers to see their expensive QB savior get bent & broken so much he becomes shell-shocked and wets himself whenever he lines up over center.

  15. ‘The Eagles are set on the ends with Jason Babin and Trent Cole, but they didn’t get the production they would have liked from Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson in the middle of the line.’ Uh…Jenkins has a great season and Patterson was solid considering that he had an operation on his brain during training camp. Derek Landri played well when he was in there and Antonio Dixon was ok before he got hurt. The D-line wasnt the problem, it was the back 7 most of the time

  16. You can’t win Super Bowl with Michelle Vick. If your QB gets hurt every year it’s time to do something different.

  17. Pretty good on needs, but I don’t think LB is the primary one. Sure it can be vastly improved, but with the addition of Ryans, there are other moves that can be made to hide that need. A rookie safety is a mistake if that is the avenue the Eagles go. They need to bring in Yeremiah Bell for a year, he will be cheap and teach the current young group a lot, plus Bell is TACKLE MACHINE, making the need for another LB less vital. Its too soon to give up on Allen or Jarrett and a year of learning experience under a leader such as Bell could assist in developing them into what they need to be. Which only leaves DT, yes there is depth, but the Eagles lack a true run stopping DT. Jenkins is good, but he is better at collapsing the pocket and getting pressure, same goes for Landri. Dixon is probably the best against the run, but is coming off a big injury and has a history of them and with Patterson, well we know what we have-solid, but not spectacular. If Cox is there, its a must draft, but I would be ok with Brockers or Poe.

  18. Team needs:

    more injured linebackers

    another overrated coach and QB

    more smurf receivers who cannot go across the middle and disappear in the red zone

    2 more cornerbacks that cannot tackle and lack the cover skills they once had

    rb who runs like a punt returner and never attacks the line of scrimmage to give you 1 tough yard

  19. @eagleswoot

    Mike Patterson has never been in a pro bowl and he sure as hell was NOT 2nd team All-Pro last year. Were are you getting your stats?

    Also @adbrunsonsr

    Patterson had his surgery this year. He had a seizure during training camp. He also isn’t fully healed from the surgery currently.

    How do you guys not even know what is going on with your own team?

  20. The 4-8 Eagles have always had this inexplicable stand pat, we’re good everywhere and we like our players mentality. That has resulted in one losing SB appearance in AR’s entire tenure as head coach and GM. Defenders argue that they are aggressive and spend money. Still, look at the record. AR thinks that five positions on the defensive squad could be ably filled by duck decoys. An article just a week ago postulated that the Eagles may not follow the correct criteria in evaluating draft talent, which could explain why the miss getting great players while their division rivals get better and stronger. Jason Pierre Paul was a no brainer and they moved up to pick Brandon (smallish and always injured) Graham. I don’t normally root for my team to lose, but if it means getting rid of Reid…..his act is so played.

  21. One thing no one talked about last year was the loss on antonio dixon our dt. The year before he was the best run stopping dt we had. Infact the year before he was the BEST DT we had. He played hard and consistent. I havent heard his name mentioned once. He was a huge loss for us. Him coming back healthy will be huge. Babin, Jenkins, Cole and Dixon! Im pumped about that

  22. Wow, all of the tired retread comments are here:

    1. Eagles haven’t won a Super Bowl
    2. Booing Santa
    3. Andy Reid is fat
    4. Vick is a criminal
    5. Dream Team

    Of course, these are the same people who complain the PFT recycles it’s stories.

  23. This is so elementary it’s not funny. Did you win a pulitzer for the research? FYI, they only get one first round pick….how about some depth to your analysis.

  24. buddybowl69 says: Apr 17, 2012 11:37 AM

    The Eagles already own the NFC East every year. I would like to see some more competition in the division. They went 5 & 1 only to see the cheating NJ Giants back into the playoffs.
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    Obviously there is no need for a Team Comic, as “buddybowl” has got that covered.

  25. Nice job, Josh. I’m surprised you left offensive line off the list, but otherwise you nailed it.

  26. I love all the excuses from the eagles fans as well as the one dude who is bringing up championships from before there were superbowls. The giants cheat. The redskins cheat the cowboys cheat. The eagles are the clearest team in the NFL and they would of won but………………..

  27. they will get a impact player with their first rd pick and package their 2 number 2s and move up to get 2 solid players who make a difference on this years team.they will say goodbye to Samuel and play press coverage like they should have done last year,with DRC their big free agent singing from the raiders last year we have the players on the outside

  28. s joyner59

    DRC was from the cardinals

    nice knowledge–it just discredits everything else you said prior to that. and it was through the kolb trade. wowsers. dead on brother.

    just tryin to help

  29. As a Giants fan, I’m willing to admit they have a shot to go all the way this year. But, I don’t see Vick lasting until February and Kafka ain’t winning the Super Bowl. If they could ever get Vick to stay in the pocket and let the WRs and McCoy do all the running, their odds would go up considerably. Mikey needs to remember he ain’t 23 anymore and the injuries don’t heal as quick as they used to.

  30. gcsuk says: Apr 17, 2012 12:15 PM

    buddybowl69 says: Apr 17, 2012 11:37 AM

    The Eagles already own the NFC East every year. I would like to see some more competition in the division. They went 5 & 1 only to see the cheating NJ Giants back into the playoffs.
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    Winning the division does not constitute “backing into the playoffs”. How about you root instead for your team to be a little better than 3-7 against the rest of the league?

  31. I want nothing to do with Dontari Poe in the eagles uniform, fletcher cox if he is there but do not settle for workout wonder poe. Cox, Barron, Kluchley should be the choices. Ideally they get Cox, then nab brown from UNC in the second and maybe a tall receiver who can play slot with the other second.

  32. I would love Kuechly, but I doubt he is there at 15. I know we have a MLB now with Ryans, but after seeing last season I say get as many as you can.

    If LK is gone I would love Cox of Miss State. I don’t think it is a primary need but it will be sooner rather then later. I don’t want Poe just because he had a good combine, he did nothing in a weak conference. I say let someone else take the chance on him. Jenkins was a very productive player last season so I don’t understand how anyone who watched the Eagles games could question him. Paterson is a solid rotation DT, nothing special but a solid player.

    I agree at FS/SS we need to do something but I doubt they go that high for a FS/SS. That would be admitting they were wrong with Allen and Jarrett, and the Eagles don’t like to admit they are wrong about anything. I still think Allen can play, but if I don’t see anything this season then I’m done with him. I need to see Jarrett out there this season. If he can’t get on the field this season then he has to go. I loved him at Temple, but the Mack isn’t the toughest conference either.

    As far as the QB goes I’m all for drafting one. Vick is, and has always been overrated. He was never a good QB, and he still isn’t. On top of that I hate him for what he did. I want my Eagles to get a new QB for the future. At the very least a legit back up.

  33. eagles will be tough, as they always seem to be. anyone who thinks that they wont be dangerous this year doesnt know football. that said, im sticking with my giants to repeat as division champs this year. the eagles didnt gell early on and the giants had tons of injuries….both teams are much better than their final regular season records last year would indicate.

  34. andyriedis arrogantandfat,hey dickhead,read it again DRC who I know is from the Kolb trade and our free agent from the raiders who failed to achieve in zone coverage last year- i have forgotten more than you know about the game,
    you are the one with zero credibility

  35. “Luke Kuechly of Boston College is the top linebacker in the draft, but he played inside at BC”… Dont’a Hightower out of Alabama would be a better pickup than Kuechly anyway.

  36. Also needed: A Defensive Coordinator who has previously coached Defense. (Or even Coordinated, for that matter)

    As long as Castillo is running things back there, the Eagles=Sh*tshow.

    Signed, Sad Eagles Fan

  37. buddybowl69 says:
    Apr 17, 2012 11:37 AM
    The Eagles already own the NFC East every year. I would like to see some more competition in the division. They went 5 & 1 only to see the cheating NJ Giants back into the playoffs.

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    Cheating and backed into the playoffs?

    You say you own the NFC East every year yet yours is the only team that has never won a Super Bowl?

    The main need for that team is to move to a city that has fans that can do simple math.
    The good news is now that they raised ticket prices the egirl fans do not come to Giant Stadium anymore

  38. As an Eagles fan I would scream Holy Mike Mamula if they draft LK….dude is pure garbage….can’t get off blocks and 80% of his tackles are made 2-4 yards down field with 18% of the othere made 5 yards downfield….the Eagles need a read and react, block shedding TFL machine.

    The DT’s of this team did their job last year the LB’s sucked…..playing pressman is positively necessary when playing the wide nine fronts….and don’t be suprised if the Eagles run a lot of 4-4 fronts on 1st and obvious running 2nd downs next year…..

    It’s funny for fans of any team in the NFC east other than a Giants fan to bring up any notion of winning a Superbowl as every other team in the NFC east has as many players on a SB winning team as the Eagles do……

    To that dude tht hates Vick but, claims to be an Eagles fan….Please find a blindfold…put it on…and run out into traffic……You ignorance is a crime against humanity itself….

    And to those fans of the Giants that think another NFC east win is going to happen….There has not been a repeat champion of this division since the Eagles in 03-04…….

    Now, do I think the Eagles will win the division this ear? Yes barring a major injury….Will they make a good playoff run? Again yes barring a major injury. Will they make it to the SB? Only 3 teams stand in the way GB, NO, DET…..Yes I said DETROIT! Will they win it? We will see when they play in it…..

  39. Safety, DT, for sure. But what about the offensive line? Not exactly an outstanding lot there either- firemen and overpaid Bills’ castoffs. And there was no mention of defensive coordinator- that may be the greatest need- and it will not be addressed.

  40. rtrinidad777 says:
    Apr 17, 2012 12:26 PM
    Why isn’t another jailhouse in the stadium for the rednecks listed under team needs?

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    Because the rednecks are on the other side of the state dopey.

  41. Yes they finally replaced one of the Three Stooges at linebacker but, I hope their not finished. Funny how it comes out about how terrible they are. I said this from training camp. Most saw it soon after. Question: Did Reid really think Casey Matthews and crew were taking him to The Super Bowl? This has to be a break out year for Nate Allen or else. I however think the safeties will be vastly improved. If its me, I taking the best Defensive Tackle I can Get in the draft and look for two other legit linebackers, not 7th rounders.

  42. hailskins4life

    Also @adbrunsonsr

    Patterson had his surgery this year. He had a seizure during training camp. He also isn’t fully healed from the surgery currently.

    How do you guys not even know what is going on with your own team?
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    My point was that he almost died last year and still came back to have a good season. Thanks for sweatin’ the details dude…worry about your team getting out of the basement of the NFC East. I know my team very well….thanks

  43. seth joyner

    i guess you are just not a very good writer.

    work on the conjunctions and comas and what not.

    just tryin to help

  44. EaglesFly58High
    Apr 17, 2012, 10:27 AM CDT
    Fans like you is why I hope, when my beloved Saints are not in the mixed of course, wins the Superbowl.
    There’s no word to explain my “high” in 2003 when LSU won the NCG, that’s in my life time.
    And when the Saints took that next step in 2009 after a disappointing, heart breaking lost in Chicago I knew then that I can now die and worried about whether or not I’m going to kick my casket and beat the Devil’s ass for the torture.
    When Saints was playing Arizona in the playoff, it gave me a tiny tiny tiny piece of comfort to know if Saints lost its okay because I’m a huge Warner’s fan and would love to see Arizona win one. (like I said very very tiny piece!!)

  45. as a skins fan i will say this, the eagles are an inside backer away from being a top 3 team in the nfl, i hate to say it but i cant hide from the truth

  46. I was there at the Santa game on a cold rainy afternoon. The hired Santa never made the game so they pulled some drunk dressed as Santa out of the stands. The first thing that I saw was this Santa giving everyone the finger. If you weren’t there please be quiet.

  47. @eaglelover,

    good comments, which is rare for an eagle fan, however, for teams contending for the SB, you should have included San Francisco..

  48. Eagles needs ..

    a rear view mirror is needed,

    to keep an eye on Dallas and Skins.

    The Giants are the only competition.

  49. And to those fans of the Giants that think another NFC east win is going to happen….There has not been a repeat champion of this division since the Eagles in 03-04…….

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    No problem. Since the Eagles arent winning sh*t again next year anyway – we’ll be fine with taking a wild card into the SB like 07.

    What else does your crystal ball say?

  50. Their needs are…in this order:

    1. Linebacker—obviously. they should take the best LB on the board at 15. Period. Add that with Ryans and another year in the system with the Wide 9 tightening up as it did last year, and we should be vastly improved.

    2. Safety —This is ignored too often. Coleman and Jarrett are serviceable at BEST. They should even consider taking a Safety over a LB if the right player is there.

    3. DT—This is the really the least of my concerns. Jenkins played well and Patterson was at least decent. Take a guy if he’s there, but not at the expense of LB or Safety.

    4. Big WR–Strike that…THIS is the least of my concerns, but it would to have a Plaxico-sized guy when we get into the red zone (we know Andy and Marty forget that Celek exists).

  51. Skins fan here:

    the Eagles need a Red Zone threat. Preferably over 6’2″ with sure hands. That would be scary.

    Other than that, they are very close, their secondary needs leadership, and their defense needs a captain ever since Dawkins left.

    I hate saying it, but they are not far off from going deep in the playoffs….yes, they had a slow start last year, but came on in the end, and are explosive. If they beef up their D and get a bigger receiver, watch out.

  52. kinstidecubsfan – you kidding me? you mention CUBS????? loser !!!!

    bobbyhoying ?? Really – please – is that a cry for help, well don’t,, just jump… see ya…..

    Reamabe fail to the dead skins…. ha

  53. I’m an Eagles fan but I think it’s funny now that top 5-10 picks cannot command a ton of guaranteed money, they want to move up. They are so skeptical of high draft picks.

  54. Wow, seems like a lot of people reading Eagles articals just to bash them. Let’s get real people, we are reading and replying to a topic about the draft, not how many super bowls your team has won or ours haven’t. Or how good or bad the Giants are( and they are good Fellow fans, let’s at least give the SB winners their due), or Cowboys, or Redskins. So let’s all stop the hate and get down to the actual topic of discussion.
    Sorry had to vent a little there. That being said- I personally hope they take Floyyd if he is still there. We have needed a tall RZ threat for a long time, and Cooper ain’t him. If not then Barron, Cox, or Keuchley. One of those 4 will hopefully be there. But PLEASE GOD DON’T LET TANNEHILL FALL TO 15. I would hate that pick but doubt big red be able to help himself.

  55.  
    angrycorgi says:
    Apr 17, 2012 11:38 AM
    I’m a cowboy fan, but I have to be honest…I think the eagles are the team that will win the NFCE in 2012. They have addressed their LB problem (finally) and really that was their biggest hole. They can still get better at FS/SS/LB, sure, but the huge hole at LB is now much smaller.

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    Damn dude. Go buy an Eagles jersey. Don’t let these philly grease balls make you turn on your team. May Jerry have mercy on your soul.

  56. @skinsidecubsfan

    We have 3 championships.. doesnt matter how long ago its been a championship is a champion. Our team needs are a safeties for 14 games.. the ones we will play against teams besides your bummy skins cuz our lightweight safeties can pick u guys off..

  57. To that dude tht hates Vick but, claims to be an Eagles fan….Please find a blindfold…put it on…and run out into traffic……You ignorance is a crime against humanity itself….

    If you think Bad Newz is anything more than a sideshow, you are part of the problem.
    Shove it.

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