Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Receiving Corps

from big dog:
The sad part is, I think the Eagles finally realized that the receiving corp, while some potential is there, pretty much is inadequate. So is the RB situation....I wonder when they fix that problem.
at the risk of sounding like an eagles apologist, i'll put out there that i don't think they've realized anything or changed anything. they are always looking to upgrade all aspects of their team; however, they have a scheme for how much they value certain positions and they will not overpay.

the facts are that they've been trying to upgrade the WRs since big red first got here. they've spent first round picks (mitchell) and second round picks (pinky) on the position. they've made trades to upgrade the position (me-o and now stallworth, they had a deal to get walker but denver came in with a higher 2nd round pick). they've signed free agents (thrash, they tried to get jurevicius but lost out and signed gaffney instead).

this notion that they are changing is purely perception and is driven largely because andy keeps saying "we're ok with what we have". people need to realize that when he says that he doesn't mean "we think the guys we have are good enough to win the superbowl" it actually means "you're not going to get me to say something bad about my players in public". that's it. if andy actually believed what he was saying there wouldn't be 25% turnover in the roster every season.

the other factor driving the perception is that andy does give players a decent amount of time to make an impact. long after fans (yes, including myself) have given up on a player, andy will keep running that guy out there making sure that guy gets a fair chance. sometimes it has hurt the team, but other times (e.g. LJ smith, derrick burgess, lito, jermane mayberry, pinky) the players have developed into good contributors.

at linebacker, they've spent multiple second round picks to try to improve. yes, their drafting at LB has sucked, but they've also brought in free agents (emmons, barber, trotter, barber again, dhani jones).

i'm not sure what andy's plan is for running back, but i'm sure it includes giving moats a fair chance and not overpaying for any trades or free agents.

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Blogger The Big Dog said...

That's fair, Pete. I think that you are pretty dead-on. However, objectively, has their been a real sense of comfort with RB, especially. I'm wondering if this trade really game from management above Andy. I think Brown will be a decent receiver, as will Avant, as will Baskett, perhaps. After that and before getting Stallworth...it was pretty mediocre to say the least without a hole lot of playmakers. At RB you are relying on Westbrook to not get hurt and then hope that Buck's knees hold-up....Moats has been disappointing, as has Perry. Reno is what he is....and he probably is playing how he should play. Really no depth there. I am not a professional coach, I am not around the players, and at best I could be a high school football coach....however, I think that I am objective and I think that I can evaluate talent and I am concerned with Big Red's assessment of those 2 positions especially.

10:16 AM EDT  
Anonymous Josh Parry's cat said...

the other factor driving the perception is that andy does give players a decent amount of time to make an impact. long after fans (yes, including myself) have given up on a player, andy will keep running that guy out there making sure that guy gets a fair chance. ... the players have developed into good contributors.


So maybe you out to give parry a chance, huh? You ever think of that?

WELL? DID YOU????

10:18 AM EDT  
Blogger The Big Dog said...

I am excited about the Donte Stallworth pick-up. You finally have a YOUNG guy who has good years ahead of him. Not a veteran past his prime (Antonio Freeman)....and Donovan will throw to this guy. All of a sudden, the receiving corp looks a ton better...I actually enjoy this more than Lelie. Seriously, he was Pinkston 2. Stallworth can be a legitimate threat.

They won't sign Davis prior to week one. I am okay with that. A healthy Westbrook is studly. If Buck is healthy...if Westbrook stays healthy...if Moats picks it up....a lot of those "if's" scare me, though. I would love a Tatum Bell move...similar to this move, a guy who can play, is young, etc.

11:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the exact reason Pinky should have been traded before this;

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ls794MhIkU4&mode=related&search


- Joe

11:56 AM EDT  
Blogger The Big Dog said...

by the by, you know Big Red is on Scrapple now....I told them to look at AJ Feeley....done....we all said cut Koy....done....

let's concentrate now....trade McDougle for Tatum Bell....McDougle for Tatum Bell....

1:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

How funny would that be?
McDougle for Tatum Bell.... McDougle for Tatum Bell....
McDougle for Tatum Bell....

1:15 PM EDT  

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