Eagles Wake-Up Call: Draft Watch, Week 16 Edition

With Thursday night’s loss to the Bengals, the Eagles fell to 4-10 on the season with two games left.

Only two teams – the Jaguars (2-12) and the Chiefs (2-12) – have fewer wins. Three teams – the Raiders, Lions and Titans – have the same number of victories as the Eagles. There’s a bit of a catch here since the Titans (4-9) play the Jets tonight.

The tiebreaker among teams with the same record is strength of schedule. The team with the overall easier schedule gets the higher pick. In other words, you get rewarded for being terrible against worse competition. Here’s a look at what the top six picks would look like if the Titans were to lose tonight.

 
Wins
Losses
Opponent SOS
Chiefs (1)212.500
Jaguars (2)212.538
Raiders (3)410.455
Eagles (4)410.513
Titans (5)410.518
Lions (6)410.563

If Tennessee beats the Jets, the Lions move up to the No. 5 spot. But regardless of what happens tonight, the Eagles have the fourth pick – for now.

This is your weekly reminder that a lot can change in the next two weeks. There are currently five teams at 5-9 (the Panthers, Cardinals, Bills, Browns and Chargers). And four more with six wins (the Rams, Saints, Bucs, Jets and Dolphins).

The Eagles close out the season with a home game at the Linc against the Redskins Sunday afternoon and then a trip to MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants.

WHAT YOU MISSED

The Eagles’ younger players are providing a ray of hope, writes McManus.

A look at defensive line production from last week, focusing on Fletcher Cox, Trent Cole and Brandon Graham.

Game review of the Eagles’ offensive line performance and a separate post looking back at how Nick Foles did.

Should we add Nick Saban to the list of potential Andy Reid successors? And did you hear what Ron Jaworski had to say about Saban? Check out Tim’s post.

Comparing the numbers between Graham and Jason Pierre-Paul this season might surprise you.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Todd Bowles was on a short list to success Reid, according to the National Football Post:

One reason Todd Bowles may have been promoted to defensive coordinator by the Eagles is he had been the league’s informal No. 1 candidate to become the next minority head coach, and the plan was to push him for head coaching interviews. Even the brain trust in Philly had him on a short list to succeed Andy Reid. A solid showing by the Eagles defense would have easily put him in the driver’s seat for upcoming interviews. However the performance of the Eagles D will most likely seriously diminish his stock as a head coaching candidate. The top minority candidate now could be Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com writes about the future of the Eagles’ offensive line for SB Nation:

Danny Watkins has been a disappointment so far. There is some hope for him. If the new coach believes in the run game, Watkins has a chance to succeed. It doesn’t look like he’ll ever thrive as a guy who is pass blocking 40 times a game consistently. Watkins has the raw talent to be a good starter. It isn’t translating to his play on the field. He is another player that could possibly benefit from a new coach coming in and shaking things up. Watkins needs to know that you perform at a certain level or you get cut. Period.

COMING UP

After getting the weekend off, the Eagles are back at Novacare. We’ll have everything covered.

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  • Johngiam

    Man, as long as Manti Teo measures out as a first rund talent at the combine (which I believe he will), he has to be our pick! What better way of starting a new era of eagles football then drafting the last person we would have ever see drafted in the first round during the Reid era, a linebacker! I do view him as that rare talent that can play all three lb positions at a high level. In 3 years he would replace Dameco in the middle. Next season he would use his freak cover skills to shadow the games best tightens from the SAM lb spot. I mean having Kendrick’s and TEO to cover running backs and Tight ends is a very valuable weapon (two of the best young cover backers in football), allowing the THUMPING RYAN to focus on shutting down the run…

    BTW, has anyone noticed that Brandon Graham is rated as the second best defensive end in the nfl this season? No I did not make that up lol. Anyone else notice that Cox is going to be one of the very best and most disruptive tackles in football? That rare, freak Albert haynsworth type of talent manning the middle. Cole sharing reps with Curry, until Curry grows into the force most f us expect him to develope into… The emerging cedrick Thornton……That’s a very solid, scary, and versatile front 7.

    After the drafting of Mantie Teo, we are TWO, not ONE..TWO above average starting caliber safeties, and COACHING away from having that Philly sort of defenses hat we haven’t seen since the great Jim Johnson passed away!…… The following offseason, you replace Nmandi with a top youg corner talent…and then you find another special tackle to help free up cox!!

    We have had the m out dysfunctional defense I can ever remember seeing…yet we arent all that far away from having the pieces needed to Build a Philly style defense we can all be proud of

  • xlGmanlx

    I want Te’o only if he is best player available or we trade up. Cost might be too high, but draft BPA is better in the long run than for need. I agree it would be nice

    • Johngiam

      I don’t disagree at all….but if there are two similarly rated players to chose from, I would chose teo and his intangibles…but if someone is rated significantly higher then him then I have no problem with whoever they pick…as long as its not a jaqain jarrett type reach, or a dumb Watkins pick…..

      • xlGmanlx

        We shall see. From all external reports, it seems Roseman is basically taking credit for the last draft and the two prior distancing himself from. It will be interesting if he can find half the potential he found in this years draft. A strong draft, the right HC, philosophy and staff, you never know.

        • Johngiam

          Yeah it is very interesting that roseman distance himself from the last drafts and took credit for this one….but I do believe that Grahas also a howie guy, so who really knows. That’s the problem for the fans..everything so secretive, we don’t know who really is to blame for mistakes

        • Johngiam

          Number one free agent target has to be Jarius Byrd!!! We need to sign GM!