Quality vs. Quantity

May 6, 2009

I have seen countless articles the past couple days debating whether or not the Eagles will run the ball more next season. People believe the Eagles will run more after obtaining a real fullback, two large tackles, and a second-round running back during this offseason. This is a large debate because many think that the Birds don’t run the ball enough.

So will the Eagles run the ball more next season?

You can’t come flat out and say yes they will. Every team in the NFL runs the football. Teams that run the ball more are just teams that are able to run the ball effectively. If you can consistently gain four or five yards per rush and just drive right down the field on a team you will obviously continue running the ball. There’s no reason not to. The Eagles haven’t had this type of success in the past and that’s why they have the 60-40 ratio you hear so much about.

The Eagles will not make any changes to the way their offense performs. They will look to throw the ball but will also put the ball on the ground. If they have success when running, you will see the ratio get closer and closer to 50-50. When you’re successfully running the ball, there’s no reason not to continue the trend.

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Check out the articles below from PFT regarding the Eagles minicamp headlines from this weekend:

Eagles Saturday minicamp report

Eagles Sunday minicamp report

Well the day after the draft, the Eagles have added nine undrafted prospects to the squad. The list is below.

Walter Mendenhall – RB – Illinois State
Dallas Reynolds – OG – BYU
Brandon Robinson – WR – Boston College
Courtney Robinson – CB – Massachusetts
Sam Swank – PK – Wake Forest
Marcus Thigpen – RB – Indiana
Josh Gaines – DE – Penn State
Reshard Langford – S – Vanderbilt
Marcus Mailei – FB – Weber State

With their second selection in the NFL draft, the Eagles assessed their need at the running back position by selecting LeSean McCoy out of Pittsburgh. McCoy was the best available running back on the board so it is definitely a nice addition after missing out on the “big three” running backs that were taken in the first round. McCoy doesn’t have the exact size and power the Birds wanted but he is an explosive player with good hands.

I think it is a nice addition to the offense. He is a play maker that should definitely be able to make some plays at the professional level. It seems like the Eagles are really trying to provide Donovan the play makers he’s been asking for.

It is reported that the Eagles have reached out to at least one other organization in regards to a trade involving Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews. Everyone knows about the mental problems Andrews went through prior to last season and the saga that was. However, many people believed (including myself) that one of the biggest reason the Eagles brought in Shawn’s brother, Stacy, was to try and bring a level of comfort to him and avoid problems like the ones that happened last year.

Maybe the Eagles know something that we don’t about Shawn Andrews. It is possible that they feel that he is still unstable mentally. It could also be possible that they are happy with Nick Cole’s play and believe he can play in place of Andrews. Another rumor being speculated is that he is going to get the “Sheldon Brown” disease and start being unhappy with his contract. Like Brown, Andrews signed a similar long term contact at an early age. He is signed through 2015.

After this was speculated upon, it was taken back by the same source (Daily News), saying that the Eagles aren’t actually shopping Andrews. This is an odd story and I will have to report back upon it when there is some clarity.

There is a lot of talk lately concerning players the Eagles might trade for and how they may bundle their picks to do things. What there isn’t a lot of talk about is whether or not the Eagles will actually use the 21st overall pick to draft a player. We’ve all seen it before, the Birds get us all excited as their first round pick finally comes up, then they trade the pick away. Sadly, this trend could very well happen again this year.

Most experts don’t believe that tight end Brandon Pettigrew will be around for the Eagles to pick up with the 21st pick. Tight end is a big need for the Birds but there Pettigrew is the only one worth the money at that pick. An offensive tackle was a need until the Jason Peters trade so that means they won’t go there. A wide receiver could be a possibility if a guy like Hakeem Nicks is available, maybe even Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The only need left from here is a runningback. This is obviously where most fans want the Eagles to go at pick 21 but it I don’t know if they will. I believe Chris “Beanie” Wells and Knowshon Moreno are a leg up on all the other backs. If neither one is available when the Eagles step to the plate, I can easily see them trading back. Donald Brown is talented but I don’t think the Eagles want to pay him the money a 21st selection is worth.

So, it will be interesting come draft day. Will the Eagles use their first round pick or will they let us wait around all day to see what they do and then trade back?

Gonzalez to Eagles?

April 22, 2009

It is being reported that the Eagles are the front runner in a possible trade scenario for Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. Another possible candidate for a trade is the Falcons, a team that some mock draft specialists have going after tight end Brandon Pettigrew with their first pick.

Gonzalez has already discussed wanting out of Kansas City but the Chiefs want to hold on to him until they can get a price they are willing to trade for him. This price is reported to be a second round draft pick; however, it is also reported that the Eagles are only offering a third. Although Gonzalez is a proven veteran, it is not a secret that he does not have a lot of tread left on the tires. I do not think he warrants a second round pick, but if the Eagles could get him for a third round pick it would be a great addition.