The Eagles have lost receiver Jeremy Maclin for the year. They’ll try to find his replacement within the building.
“You want your young players to grow and develop, and that’s why you keep young players on your roster,” G.M. Howie Roseman said Sunday, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “You look at the good teams in this league, that’s what they do with their players. They develop them, they groom them, then they give them an opportunity.
“So sitting here, it’s not even August, we have a lot of reps to evaluate our team, and it doesn’t mean we’re not going to look for ways to improve. But at the end of the day, you have to show confidence in the players that you brought in.”
He’s right, but losing Maclin for the year in late July is no different than losing him on the first day of free agency. He’s out of the plans for 2013, and if it had happened in March the Eagles may have handled the situation differently.
The difference, of course, is that the Eagles’ players now have been through the offseason program, making them more prepared than anyone who may be available via free agency.
This is where a former college coach with no NFL experience will have a harder time than an established NFL assistant who becomes a head coach. As evidenced by the recent decision to sign a guy who played for Chip Kelly at New Hampshire more than six years ago, there simply aren’t many/any unemployed NFL veterans who know Kelly’s system.
So unless there are more players like Dave Ball floating around, the Eagles’ best/only option will be to bump everyone up a notch, and to fill the last spot with a guy who can now be groomed to make a contribution in the future.