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The Eagles and the Safety Position

March 1st, 2014 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on The Eagles and the Safety Position | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

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The signings of Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin this week have solidified the offense for the 1014 season, and beyond, but what about the defense? It’s obvious that the Birds need help in the secondary and particularly at the safety position. If you’re the Eagles do you sign higher priced free agents and draft the best available position regardless of position or attempt to build the safety position through the draft?

Following is a look at the top rated safeties on the free agent market:

Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills: Byrd is the best safety on the market. The Bills will do everything they can to keep him. Byrd and Earl Thomas are the game’s top cover safeties.

T.J. Ward, S, Cleveland Browns: Ward is a bit of a reach. He’s better against the run than the pass.

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Do the Eagles have a Secret Weapon?

December 18th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Do the Eagles have a Secret Weapon? | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

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As the Eagles head in to the final two games of the season and, hopefully, in to the playoffs is it time to see if they truly have a secret weapon as part of their team?

We all know that as you enter the playoff run that the defenses get better, well maybe not the Dallas Cowboys, and offenses have to be on top of their game. We know that the Eagles defense can be suspect itself so keeping the offense operating on all cylinders is critical. The Minnesota Viking exposed some weaknesses in the Eagles offense by rushing Nick Foles relentlessly throughout the game. The O-Line struggled some for the first time in several weeks and Foles looked a bit rattled early before settling in while playing from behind. Whether it be the Vikings defense or Chip Kelly’s play calling the running game disappeared with LeSean McCoy getting only 8 carries for 38 yards and Foles 5 carries for 41, a whopping total of 79 yards rushing. It’s safe to say the leading rusher in the NFL needs 18-25 carries and he will get 100 yards.

Nick Foles has done an outstanding job of running the Eagles offense, making good decisions, and maybe most importantly protecting the football.  Foles biggest weakness in the read option offense is his inability to run the ball well. He’s made the best of the situation and done nothing wrong while he’s running the ball but there could be more. That brings us to Michael Vick, the secret weapon! It’s time to have a read option package for Vick, from time to time, against these tough defenses. If nothing else the defense will have to respect him running the football. If keeping one man home gives McCoy more space to run or allows the O-Line to get a better match up then why not. If no one stays home then Vick can run for a lot more yards than Foles and open the field up for the rest of the offense.

Don’t get me wrong, Nick Foles is the starting QB. What I’m talking about is maybe 5-7 situational snaps per game. I don’t want Vick in there throwing the ball and being reckless. Foles has handled everything that’s been thrown his way so I don’t see this as a distraction to him or a break in his consistency but rather utilizing all the talent you have available on the 53 man roster.

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