Washington, D.C. native.
Ex. DI/ DIAA/ DII/ Football player.
Eagles fan since 1995.
Born in 1985.
PE.com looks at each area on this current Eagkes roster and try's to answer the ever present question of: How can we improve?
From Smith to Jones.
It can be speculated that Andy Reid (and the Eagles) chose to make a number of exceptions towards the end of his tenure in Philadelphia; the hiring and eventual firing of Juan Castillo, the free agent spending frenzy of 2011, the drafting of Danny Watkins could all be looked at as viable examples. Chip Kelly (much like Andy did when he first arrived) appears to have a clear and concise view of how he wants his Eagles to not only play but look as well. Of course we've seen the quotes about Kelly wanting 'longer' players, but trust and believe it doesn't stop there. And he appears to make no exceptions to his rules.
Reports are out that Cleveland Browns Linebackers Coach Bill Davis has interviewed for the Eagles Defensive Coordinator position. Two things of note about this, if it is in fact true: 1. Chip Kelly really seems to value linebacker play in his defense, and seeing as though we may be moving to a 3-4 and that is a linebacker driven defense it makes a lot of sense. The supposed 3rd or 4th possible candidate currently coaches the linebackers for the Ravens. 2. Even w/o Andy Reid on staff & Banner seemingly at odds w/ Lurie, the Ohio/Philadelphia pipeline is still well and good. Probably ESP will write an article regarding my first point (or Jason will write it and put ESP's name on it) and how it's in stark contrast to the value Reid put in his linebackers post Shawn Barber, Trotter, Dahani Jones and Emmons.
Those wiley old NFL sources, boy I tell ya. Two league sources have connected the open Eagles Defensive Coordinator position to an unlikely but seemingly seamless fitting candidate.
One of the teams competing in the Super Bowl this Sunday feels that they owe the Philadelphia Eagles a debt of gratitude for their current status in the NFL.
Much like the expectations of rookie Quarterbacks have seen a change in recent years, so have the expectations of first time NFL Head Coaches.
Brian Dawkins endorses Ed Donatell.
If they are mobile and play Quarterback, they are a 'perfect fit' in Philadelphia.
The number one projected destination might really surprise you.
Though he is playing WR at the Senior Bowl, Michigan prospect Denard Robinson was a do everything QB in Ann Arbor. Robinson not only passed for 6250 yards & 49 TD, but he also (and most notably) ran for 4495 yards and 42 TD over the course of his 4 year career. While Robinson is most certainly underwhelming as a passer both on the collegiate and pro levels, his athleticism and jack of all trades ability cannot be ignored. Personally, because I feel that we would be best served using the Zone Read option as a sub-package believing a player like Robinson would fit perfectly. He's a low risk high reward player that could run, throw and possibly field punts/ kickoff returns for you. Chad Hall 4.4 (as in speed).
When it comes to the Eagles and the way that we do business, its a believe none of what you hear, and all of what you see type of deal. Weeks ago it was believed & reported that University of Georgia DC Todd Grantham was the early favorite to land the vacant Defensive Coordinator position on the Philadelphia Eagles staff. Well, to date it seems as though those reports were based on... Well... Nothing.
Jason B from Iggles Blitz who is also a contributor over at PE.com & here and BGN wrote up a nice piece on how it seems as though Chip Kelly is bringing just enough of Eugene, Oregon to Philadelphia. Focusing on the (confirmed) staff that Chip has assembled, JB looks at how each can contribute to the Eagles ability to better adopt Kelly's way of doing things; in addition to helping Kelly w/ his assimilation into the NFL.
Jimmy K over at Blogging the bEast was down in Mobile, Alabama rubbing shoulders w/ millionaires of the current and future variety for Senior Bowl practices; and came up w/ a list of players who he made themselves some money as well as those he felt probably dropped the ball. There are some viable Eagles targets on this list on the defensive & offensive side of the ball (some who the Eagles actually met w/) so it's definitely worth a look. Great write up w/ some videos attached.
Ole Andy, loyal ole Andy. The Chiefs announced today that they have brought on former Eagles CB Al Harris to fill the role of Defensivebacks Coach. Al Harris, a former 6th round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a part of arguably the best CB Tripplets in Eagles history w/ Bobby Taylor & Troy Vincent. He played 14 years w/ 4 teams - Eagles, Packers, Dolphins & Rams - was named to two Pro Bowls (2007, 2008) & made the 2008 All-Pro team.
Former 2010 Philadelphia Eagles 4th round pick Mike Khafka has signed a Futures Contracf w/ the New England Patriots.
Just being in different positions in the offense, being able to come in to 2013 with a different look, no defense out there will have ever seen anything the Philadelphia Eagles have done," Jackson added. "If Chip Kelly’s able to bring that edge to the table where we can go out there and keep people off-guard, and people won’t know what we’re doing… I’m very excited about the opportunity."http://www.phillymag.com/eagles/2013/01/24/what-desean-jackson-thinks-of-chip-kelly/
Yesterday it was reported that the Eagles met/spoke w/ prime 3-4 prospect Michael Buchanan and today the news just gets even better at suggesting the Eagles' supposed move to the 3-4 defense this upcoming season. Today Eagles 24/7 is reporting that the Eagles met w/ John Jenkins a 359 NT prospect out of the University of Georgia. Jenkins is considered by most to be a 2nd Rd prospect and the 3rd rated NT prospect behind BGN favorite Utah DT Star Lotulelei & Ohio State DT Jonathan Hankins. Between the three Jenkins better fits the mold of your traditional space eating NT, bringing to mind thoughts of big Ted Williams. If you're interested in seeing some film on the kid copy & paste this web address in your browser: http://draftbreakdown.com/players/john-jenkins
Being in possession of the #4 overall pick in the draft allows the Philadelphia Eagles to pick from the cream of the crop as it relates to this years draft prospects. One of the players that is considered a blue chip prospect is Texas A&M's OLB/DE Damontre Moore. Moore has legit NFL size already standing 6'4 and weighing 250 pounds. W/ his frame he could easily turn some of that fat into muscle gaining an extra 10-15 & wouldn't lose much quickness/speed (I was 6'4 250 coming out of High School). He should time in the low to high 4.6 range in the 40 & is extremely athletic but isn't very physical at the point of attack. One of Moore strengths due to an exceptional 1st step is getting to plays before they develop leading to tackles for loss. In the past two seasons alone Moore has racked up 38.5 TFL (21 last season alone) while also picking up 21 sacks (12.5 last year). To put that into perspective Brandon Graham led the nation in TFLs his Senior year w/ 26. Graham is by far a more physically imposing player than Moore, but they both have non-stop motors. Check out the film breakdown.
Yesterday at Senior Bowl practice, members of the Philadelphia Eagles were spotted meeting w/ Illinois OLB/DE Michael Buchanan. Buchanan had an outstanding 2011 campaign in which he tallied 64 tackles (13.5 of which were for a loss) and registered 7.5 sacks. His play regressed this year though due to injury he played the pass better registering 6 pass deflections in addition to picking up his first and only collegiate interception. He appears to be a prime candidate for the 3-4 as an OLB, and may slip to the 3rd round depending on his combine/Pro Day numbers. If the Eagles do elect to move to a 3-4 defense he would be a very talented player we could get for a relatively cheap price. Check out the film breakdown of the kid.
The guys over at DraftBreakdown offer up a little film on each of the top QB prospects; which include Tyler Wilson & Ryan Nassib.
Eagles Addict looks at potential Eagles DC candidates who are currently coaching on the Ravens & 49ers.
'There is a good chance the Eagles switch over to a 3-4 under Chip Kelly — a sizable project in what will turn out to be a rather extensive remodeling effort this offseason. Kelly hasn’t publicly committed to the transition, and perhaps it would be best to officially have a defensive coordinator in place before doing so. But there is a sense that he would like to make the move.'
Senior Bowl notes, Day 3, North practice: Texas WR Marquise Goodwin is kinda fast, and introducing "The Juice" • One of my new favorite players here is FB/TE/H-back Kyle Juszczyk form Harvard, or "Juice," as I’ve learned he’s referred to by some. He leads the Senior Bowl practices in lowering his shoulders and trying to punish defenders. He runs hard, has good hands, was the best back yesterday in pass pro, and has deceptive speed. • The other player that is clearly naturally gifted is Texas WR Marquise Goodwin. He’s probably the fastest player here, and showed it when blew right past Nevada’s Duke Williams on a go route. In drills, all the receivers were running 10 yard outs. The QB was in a rhythm throwing to normal-speed receivers, but when it was Goodwin’s turn, the ball was got there way late because Goodwin was getting to spot so much faster. Goodwin doesn’t just seem like a speed-only guy though. He also has some polish. His route-running looks good, and he made a gorgeous diving catch today on a quick out with a defender all over him. Showed good hands. Impressive kid. • Another receiver that I don’t believe I’ve spoken about so far is Markus Wheaton. Wheaton beat Jamar Taylor deep today, and later smoked Desmond Trufant on an outstanding out route. He also adjusted to a throw on a post route that was thrown behind him, and made the catch in traffic. Good player. • Two drops for Denard Robinson while running the route tree (no defenders on the field). That’s not good. Syracuse WR Alex Lemon also had a rough day. He ran a bad route on an out and up (he didn’t really sell the out at all), and had a bad drop. • The Raiders WR coach made a comment I found funny. A ball sailed way over the head of a receiver today, and the WR coach said "Put your hands up to try to catch it anyway. You never know what can happen." What, like the ball experiencing turbulence and suddenly dropping 5 feet? • For most of the day Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher owned Alex Okafor and Margus Hunt. That was also true in yesterday’s practice. However, there was one play in which Okafor made a great little inside rip move on Fisher and sacked the QB. That’s sort of the weird thing about the DE position. You can be dominated all day, but if you make that one huge play (sack/fumble), you can be a hero. The same can be said of the OT position, except that you can be great for 99% of your snaps, have one bad one, and look like the goat. The Eagles spoke with Okafor after practice. • I thought Phillip Thomas had a nice day. There was one play where Kansas St WR Chris Harper tried to go deep on Thomas, but Thomas stayed in his hip pocket the entire way. Harper pushed off and made the catch but it was clearly OPI. That’s a safety covering a receiver one-on-one. Well done. The Skins talked to Thomas after practice. • Syracuse OL Justin Pugh was playing a little bit of guard, and I think I saw him playing some tackle, but I’m not sure on that one. On one rep where he was in at LG, he pulled to the left to the outside and laid out UConn CB Blidi Wrey-Wilson. Pugh outweighs Wrey-Wilson by 100+ pounds, but it’s still good to see an offensive lineman take advantage of an opportunity to level a CB. The Giants talked to Pugh after practice. • NC State QB Mike Glennon continues to show that he has the best deep ball here, and it’s not even close. He threw an absolute strike to Aaron Mellette down the sideline, 40 yards down the field. Perfect throw. He has been the best QB here, in my opinion, however, the book on Glennon is that he struggled when he starts to get some pressure, which is not an issue here. • Here’s who the NFC East teams talked to after practice: Giants: Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse Redskins: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno St. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado (I’m late on this one, but I was told by another media guy that the Skins talked to him yesterday) Eagles: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas Dwayne Gratz, CB, UConn Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois Be sure to follow Blogging the bEast on Twitter and like Blogging the bEast on Facebook.
Sad news to report today; maybe not for all but definitely for some. The Patriots announced today that they signed 6'5 300 plus pound CFL standout Armond Armstead. It was reported that we were one of three teams in the running & his signing would have fell in line w/ my vision of the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles fielding a more physically imposing defensive front.
Chip Kelly is really starting to show how meticulous he really is. While down in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl practices Chip chipped in on what he's looking for in his future Defensive Coordinator. One word he used that really jumped out at people so far: 'Shutoutability.'
'Rick Minter is the latest veteran college coach apparently joining Chip Kelly’s Eagles coaching staff. Minter, who has coached at 12 colleges but never in the NFL, is believed to be joining as the Eagles’ linebackers coach. The Eagles have not been commenting on any moves regarding assistant coaches – interviews, hirings, firings, etc., and they had no comment on a report Monday from the Big Ten Network that Minter was joining the Eagles. Minter spent the last two years on Joker Phillips’ staff at Kentucky. Phillips was fired in November after three years, with his staff getting the axe as well. Kentucky was 2-10 this past season overall and 13-24 in three years under Phillips.'
Prior to this season the saying used to be 'whomever beats Philadelphia in their home opener goes on to win the Super Bowl.' Now, it looks like all you may have to do is be the first team scheduled to play at The Linc.
'The Ravens did add one piece, Harbaugh announced. They have brought on former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo as a consultant. Castillo became the Eagles defensive play caller after 13 seasons as an offensive line coach, a rare move. But the change did not work out as well as Head Coach Andy Reid wanted, leading to Castillo's dismissal on Oct. 16, in his second year on the job. Castillo's talent-rich defense was ranked 13th in points allowed per game in the NFL when he was fired. Castillo will serve as a consultant for the remainder of this season and as the Ravens' run-game coordinator next year.'
Spurned by the Bears, ST Coordinator Dave Toub to leave his current post in Chicago & take up the same position in Kansas City rejoining Andy Reid.
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