Next up in our ‘Repair My NFL Team’ series, are the Philadelphia Eagles.
Today, we will be embarking on the repairs for the Philadelphia Eagles. They are two years removed from the Chip Kelly experiment; by the way, it was an absolute debacle. Philly is fresh off a 7-9 record, two wins away from a playoff berth. That’s actually a successful season with the obstacles they began the year facing.
The Eagles were weeks away from the season before trading projected starting quarterback, Sam Bradford. That forced them to enter the season with Ben Roethlisberger’s clone, Carson Wentz. Carson led the Eagles to a 3-0 start before reality reared its ugly head.
Philadelphia possessed a crafty offense. Ryan Mathews and fellow running mate Darren Sproles, averaged over 4 yards per carry. However, a reliable every-down back could be used here. Tight end Zach Ertz headed the Eagles passing attack with 816 yards on 78 rec with four TD. Rookie sensation Wentz passed for 3,782 yards with 16 TD with 14 INT; amassing 79.3 quarterback rating.
The defense played very well early in the season. As the plays mounted, the defense began to play lackluster. They have a game changer at every level on this side of the ball. Fletcher Cox is an immovable force on the interior line. Jordan Hicks is a very good, young, athletic middle linebacker. On the back end the Eagles have one of the best safety tandems in the NFL. Rodney Mcleod totaled over 80 tackles with 3 interceptions. Malcolm Jenkins is the second half of the combo. He accounted for 72 tackles with 3 pics.
We will begin our repairs with offensive line help. Even though they played well sporadically, Carson Wentz was sacked 33 times on the season. That number could’ve been a lot higher if Wentz wasn’t very athletic. Left tackle Jason Peters just turned 35. Right tackle Lane Johnson could slide over to the left, but a young tackle is needed regardless.
Secondly, they need a cover corner. Nolan Carrol and Leodis McKelvin couldn’t cover a paper bag with water, horrible!!!! And Carrol is a free agent. Lastly, they need a big play wide receiver. Philly doesn’t have a guy that commands a double team; nor that can exploit one on one coverage. Jordan Matthews is solid, but unspectacular. Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham just haven’t proven they can be relied upon.
KEY FREE AGENTS
CB Nolan Carrol
DT Bennie Logan
LB Stephen Tulloch
POSSIBLE FIRST ROUND DRAFT TARGETS (15th PICK)
WR Mike Williams, Clemson
CB Teez Tabor, Florida
WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
CB Sidney Jones, Washington
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
There it is in a nut shell. The Eagles are in need at offensive line, cornerback, a big time wide receiver, and running back. If the Eagles are able to fill these holes they may become a formidable foe.