Senior Bowl Diary: A Year Later, Eagles Feeling Settled

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MOBILE, Ala. – Five days after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly, he was in Mobile, Ala. attending Senior Bowl practices.

In less than a week, he had made a life-changing decision, delivered a tearful goodbye to his players at Oregon, addressed the fans and media in Philadelphia and gotten started on the scouting process for the 2013 draft.




And then there was Howie Roseman.

Andy Reid and Joe Banner were gone, but the Eagles' GM was by Jeffrey Lurie's side as the owner hand-picked the organization's next head coach. Roseman was tasked with finding out what Kelly wanted from a personnel standpoint and getting the team back on track after a disastrous 4-12 campaign.

A year later, with an NFC East title under their belts, the decision-makers in the Eagles' organization feel a much greater sense of stability.

"No question," said Roseman, seated high in the bleachers at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. "When the season ended last year, we were on a coaching search for three weeks and then went on assistant search, and it was hard to sit down and watch players. It was hard to sit down and meet as a scouting staff. Now we have everyone in place. We’ve been very fortunate at this point to keep all of our personnel staff together. I think we have a really good staff of people. That’s exciting for us all to be together and speaking the same language and then going through a season feeling more confident in what our coaches want and what they’re looking for really helps us."

Kelly knew what he wanted right away when he became an NFL head coach. He went over specific measurables for each position as the Eagles installed a new offense and switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4.

But teams can't completely overhaul rosters in one offseason. Now the coaches and personnel staff have had a chance to see which pieces fit and which don't going forward.

"I think it’s natural for them too - going through the season and seeing our roster," Roseman said. "We knew all along that last year was kind of a trial and error period for some of the guys on our roster and for some of the things that we were looking for."

Another difference from a year ago is that the Eagles have vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble in the mix. Gamble was still with the 49ers at this time last year. Earlier this month, he spoke with the Dolphins and Bucs about their GM openings, but ultimately decided to stay put.

Gamble has been up for GM openings in each of the past two offseasons. Roseman's happy he's sticking around, but knows he needs to have a plan in place should Gamble decide he wants to move on in the near future.

"Selfishly I want to keep all our guys, but it’s important that they grow, and if they feel like they have an opportunity, we’re gonna support them in that too because they have families and they’re in this business to get promoted and get good jobs if we have success," Roseman said. "So hopefully we’re in the position where we are having success and people are coming after our guys because that’s a compliment. That means we’re doing a good job.

"You talk about Tom and what kind of person he is and what kind of evaluator he is, it’s a big addition to our staff. At the same time, it’s like any position on your team. You better have depth at that spot. And you better be prepared in case somebody leaves. I feel really confident that if and when somebody leaves and gets promoted and gets a better job that we have guys ready to step in and take their place. But hopefully that doesn’t happen for a long time."

Early returns on the 2012 and 2013 drafts are looking positive. The Eagles' staff will finish up at the Senior Bowl, head back to Philadelphia and then move on to Indianapolis for the scouting combine next month. With free agency looming in March, there's plenty of work to be done.

But Roseman, Kelly and company feel like they have a process in place to keep the arrow pointing in the right direction heading into 2014.

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  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    Chip and Gamble are running things behind the scenes. Howie’s a puppet.

    • JReamer

      And this is based on…

      • Dr Rick

        Pretty sure that’s humor. At least it is pretty funny.

  • GEAGLE

    Considering how new everything was last year, our success was remarkable.

    Im expecting an even bigger offseason. Now that we know exactly what we have, and exactly what we need, its time to spend some money
    We have young players who were asked to play new roles last year, and implement new techniquea in their games. Many of these playes would improve just by their body and football mind being 1 year older, but the fact that the majority of our strters are all returning, should also really help us Gel, which is very important in certain cases:
    1) Continuity is very important for an offensive line. 3 of our starters should be better just by being another year,removed from the injury. I would expect a significant improvement from lane. He will be stronger, the game will slow down for him more, he wont be caught off guard by crafty veteran DEs as often. Heck, this will be his 4th year in his pffensive lineman body lol.. I promise that linemen needing to play as a cohesive unit isjt just some “old wives tale from the sea”(props to anyone who knows the movie). Cohesion for the line is important and im really expecting a top line next year after players improve individually and collectively.

    2) I believe all our WR are back minus damaris and Maehl, with avant/brad Smith getting replace the following offseason),’so the timing between Young Foles and desean,Coop,Ertz,Avan, Maclin, Celek,Casey will,improve. He will have to start building Chemistry with mathews and landry lol, or whichever two WR we draft

    3) I think its very improtant for a secondary to play as a cohesive unit. You can sign all the best players, but every secondary needs game time experience playing together. we can sign Ward and Byrd, and yes we will instantly improve, but they wont be playing to the level they would after having a year under their belt. There is no substitute for experience being under fire today…so lets get our star safety now, so we can start the gelling..not to mention Wolff needs to play next to a veteran, like kendricks gas demeco

    We HAVE the MONEY NOW. we only have about 25% of the holes to fill that we anticipated having to fill this time last year. There is a ton of turnover in todays NFL. Alot of teams change drastically every offseason. We are LITERALLY signing Riley Copper and Nate Allen away from bringing back our entire starting offense and starting defense…Thats almost INSANE to say in todays NFL, and we are talking about bringing back one of the youngest teams in the NFL who was good enough to make the playoffs inspite of having to undergo more change then any team, inspite of lacking experience both in the NFL, in the scheme, or playing with each other.
    ..
    being able to keep this young team together, in todays NFL is such a incredible advantage. Unless we are seriously upgrading a player, like not re signing nate, and replacing him with jarius Byrd, change for the sake of change is a huge mistake. We are in a cap situatipn where we shouldnt be losing any players who were oart of a playoff core…You want to replace Jason Avant next year? Then a good teams drafts his replacement THIS year and know they have someone groomed and ready to step up and fill his shoes. we have the money to bring back what was an inexperienced playoff team..our depth is a serious issue. So we keep our starters in place, who couldnt have possibly reached their cieling the first year in a new scheme and new coaches, and start replenshing this teams depth across the board. Some of the depth players will just be eventual backups, but the hope is that some of these new depth players, are developed into guys who eventual replace the starter playing ahead of him…That way, when we replace important veterans down the line, we will already have his replacement in house, groomed the eagle way..
    ..
    Successful teams have to grow together, take their lumps together…so hopefully we dont screw around, make all the personel upgrades we need to make so that we can start/comtinue to Gel and gain the neccessary experience needed to eventually get over the hump. This Offseason should be the one where we sign the big name(byrd), draft our stud OLB, draft two “chip kelly WRs”..This should be the offseason where we add the meat and potatoes, put the finishing touches on the roster, and if we handle our business THIS offseason, then we wont even have to be players in next years FA…make all the veteran additions we need NOW.,,so we can just start to grow together, and mext year we focus on extending our young studs. if we add Byrd, and whatever other key veteran additions we need to make this offseason so that we dont have any major starting holes left, we can stick to our BPA and use the next two drafts to fill up our depth..hopefully some depth players grow into eventual starting replacements,,thats how we CONTEND NOW, and transition away completely from the Andy eagles without having to suffer thru rebuilding stages

    • GEAGLE

      basically next year i would like To keep the same starting line and 3RBs in place for young Foles. i understand if Chip wants to add a DAT/McCluster type to “stretch the field horizontally”. with Foles throwing to:
      Desean
      Cooper
      Jordan mathews
      Jarvis Landry
      Jason Avant(gets replaced with a rookie the following offseason)
      Brad Smith (gets replaced with a rookie the following offseason)
      maclin (do him a favor if he needs it, if KC offers him a 3yr deal let him walk)
      ..
      Ertz
      Celek(he gets replaced next offseason by a rookie)
      Casey

      So we would have two chip kelly Rookie WRs incorporate slowly this year. Next year Jordam mathews and Jarvis Landry(just for an example) will be in their second year, Avant and Brad Smith need to be replaced by rookies…so we will have drafted 4 WRs in two years, the hope is that these 4 develop into good enough players to lets desean and Coop walk the following year

      Defense:
      Cox,Thornton,Logan,Curry,Kruger, 4th round rookie, mid level Vet
      barwin,kemdrick.meco, Attachuo(round 1) backsups:
      graham, Goode, jason Phillips, trent Cole
      ..
      cary, Byrd. Wolff, boykin, Fletcher
      Need new depth!
      ,,,
      After next season ends, we let Graham walk in FA and eat Coles dead money. So we would have barwin,attachuo, draft another OLB, sign midlevel vet

      • Giorgos Kassakos

        Brent Celek has been one of the most consistent players on offense for years. When the “receiver”numbers were not there it was because we used him a lot as a blocker. Chip still uses him like that and loves Celek’s attitude; he frequently brings him up as a good example. There is no way he’s getting replaced in the foreseeable future.

        • borntosuffer

          Yea, I’d be really surprised to see Celek go.

        • anon

          Yeah to think he’d be upgraded before Casey seems a little silly considering Chip said Celek was one of his favorite players on the team.

        • GEAGLE

          Please..I was talking about Celeks value back when Yous were calling him a bum..you preaching to the choir,,,Rugged warrior like Celek, could get old overnight. I know Celek will be back this year! but guarenteeing he will be back 365 days from now is foolish. A lot can change in one year, then you need to factor in the contracts…It’s not neccessarily Celek. But next year either Celek or Casey will walk…basically I think in the next two years we will transition away from the majority of the Andy eagles

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            I don’t know about “Yous”, but certainly not me.

      • Dr Rick

        Geez Louiz GEAGLE, You are now responding to your own posts! LOL

        Good analysis. I think you should find a volunteer spot within the organization.

        Re your original post, I think a rate limiting step is going to be the availability of talent at each spot. We will probably need to really prioritize according to need and availability and there will be some bright spots, some OK spots and some dark spots, probably.

        I think safety is a high priority, OLB almost as high, and then dealer’s choice of how to backstop and improve DL, OL WR, RB, etc, etc.

        FWIW, I think Musgrave as QB coach is a good choice. He is smart, fits in and will do the job. Team first. There is a good analysis of his attributes on Bleacher Report that does a good job of identifying his strengths and weaknesses. I think he would be open to honest analysis (always was previously, lots of integrity) and I think Chip will be able to use his talents to the fullest. He can definitely develop QB talent, understands the game, and is a thinker. He won;t have to game call and can play to his strengths. Prediction: good choice.

        Let me remind my homies here that I predicted 8-8 to 9-7 and am elated that we went 10-6, so I have mad skills as a predictologist, or is that proctologist? I forget. 8^)

        Birdzz

      • anon

        You’d let Graham walk in FA instead of trying to trade him? Roseman’s gotta be working the phones hard to find a replacement. What’s the point of having him sit behind Cole and another OLB when he clearly wants to start? At least try to get a late rounder for him.

        I feel the same way about Curry. I’d try to swap him for a NT. Our line was healthy all year long, i think they’ll get better but Cox has to make big improvements to stay on the team — he might be a casualty of scheme change, which is too bad b/c i thought he’d be a stud (hopefully he takes that next step). As you’ve pointed out we’ve got limited line depth, hopefully they can work on that (we obviously need a NT).

        Linebackers. It’ll be interesting to see if they take a project at OLB and hope that Cole can continue to improve in sack numbers. I’ll be surprised if they take a ROLB first considering that if he plays they have a lot of cap money sitting on the bench.

        Good think is that we aren’t particularly good anywhere on D so we can take BPA.

        • Media Mike

          I think the best we’d do for Graham or Curry would be a 6th round pick.

          • anon

            Does 6th + 4th = 3rd?

        • GEAGLE

          For the 15th time, Logan is the starting NT, get used to it, instead of wasting breathe talking about something our FO views drastically differen..

          Sure I’d try and trade Graham til I’m blue in the face, but a team has to AGREE to the trade…teams aren’t trading for Graham. Why would they?nhis contract expires at the end of the year, and he doesn’t have enough time to show a new team that he is worth an extension…teams aren’t giving you a draft pick to rent Graham for one year, that’s just not happening.
          ….
          Considering the putrid OLB market, I have a feeling that Graham will be back for the year, and we let him walk next FA…if we build this team NOW, we won’t have to be active in next years FA, and if we aren’t active in next years market, we will get a higher compensatory pick for Graham then we would by trading him

      • Dominik

        “Defense:
        Cox,Thornton,Logan,Curry,Kruger, 4th round rookie, mid level Vet
        barwin,kemdrick.meco, Attachuo(round 1) backsups:
        graham, Goode, jason Phillips, trent Cole
        ..
        cary, Byrd. Wolff, boykin, Fletcher
        Need new depth!”

        I’m with you on D-Line and new depth on secondary. But I don’t think you can go into the season with Barwin/Attachuo/Graham/Cole at OLB. Unless Attachuo can cover well (I don’t know that), but I don’t know if I would risk that with a rookie. He should be a pass rusher first and be a good one at that.

        Graham can’t cover, Cole can’t cover. We’d be in a bad situation of Barwin gets hurt.

        • Giorgos Kassakos

          Not trying to play the smart guy, but since you guys keep mentioning him, I figured I should say his name is Jeremiah Attochu (not Attachuo). ;)

          • Dominik

            Lol, I copy & pasted it from GEagles, because, you know, the guy knows what he’s talking about. :)

            Thanks for the correction, mate.

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            No problem. ;)

          • GEAGLE

            Off my nuts, thanks

          • cliff henny

            both wrong, it’s Attaochu. or Atta-guy

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            Yeap, Attaochu is what I wanted to say. Cheers!

          • cliff henny

            only know this cause i chopped his name at least 1o times, till i gave up and just went with atta-guy.

          • Richard Colton

            Still wrong. It’s Jeremiah AT-AT. And wait ’till you see him in the snow.

          • Andy124

            Congratulations! You’ve just won the internet. What are you going to do now?!

          • theycallmerob

            go to OMAHA

        • GEAGLE

          Is there some OLB tree I don’t know of, where you just go pick new OLBs from?
          ….
          Fantasy land I want 4 new CBs, 4 new safeties, 3 new OLBs…but fact of the matter is the OLB market SUCKS, there are NO reasonable upgrades. Change at OLB, would just be change for the sake of change…
          ..
          People are going to be sorely disappointed when they see that most of the he additions this offseason will be backups.
          ..
          News flash….Yous can cry all Yous want about wanting a starting NT, but I promise Logan will be our starters…

          We won’t sign many sure shot starters this offseason. We will bring back the majority of our starters and add depth via mid level signings and draft picks, and these new depth additions will have to take current starters positions if they want to start…

          I guarentee we won’t add many sure shot starters in FA…I’d be happy just to get a safety. I mean, I can do the silly fanboy Mock offseason were we sign:
          Byrd
          Solila
          Decker
          Alturran Verner
          ..
          But what’s the point? That’s not what our FO will do

          • Dominik

            We had a similar discussion a few days back. I can’t suggest any players, because I don’t know the market for back-ups. But I say it again, we don’t need a stud to back-up Barwin. We just need a player who’s better than Matthews. That can not (!) be hard to find.

            I’m with you that we will add depth for the most part. Safety aside, where we need and hopefully get a stud, we need an OLB who will rotate with Cole. And that’s it, from the “need” and the “starter” perspective. We need depth and we will get depth. The starters, for the most part, are solid, even on Defense, considering that we have mostly young players on our roster (Kendricks, Thornton, Logan etc.).

      • Giorgos Kassakos

        Round 1: Attaochu
        Round 2: J. Mathews
        Round 3: Jarvis Landry

        That’s what you have in mind? No offense, but I would consider that a less than average draft.

        With DJax and Avant not going anywhere and with at least one of Cooper,Maclin coming back, WR is not the no.1 priority. It would be a waste to throw two picks (especially a 2nd- and a 3rd-rounder) to wideouts. One guy would be enough.

        What I’d like to see is the Eagles drafting OLB, CB, S, WR, NT in no particular order – just the guy with more value each time. And let’s not forget, there is always free agency.

        • GEAGLE

          You are taking a short sited view, our FO won’t se it that way…you can’t ask me to spend much time disputing with someone who says we won’t draft a WR because we have AVANT? Lol

          Smart FO, drafts players a year before they need to thrust them into lineups…Damaris and Maehl are gone. You can replace them with high draft picks, or you can replace them with Undrafted slop, how do you want it? Considering that in the next two years we will need to replace 4 WRs: Avant,Maehl!Brad and Damaris, it be wise to get ATleast two of them this year while you still have Avant so you don’t need to thrust them into the lineup…we would still have a 4th and two 5ths(which aren’t exactly chopped liver picks)..

          I BELIEVE the eagles draft two WRs in the first 5 rounds, if that’s what I believe they will do, what do you want me to tell you? We can agree to disagree

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            First of all, relax. You can spend no time “disputing”, if that’s what you want. I read your comment and I wanted to give my 2 cents, that’s all about it.

            I didn’t say “we won’t draft a WR because we have Avant”. I said DJax and Avant will be here and most likely one of Cooper and Maclin. So that’s 3 WRs and that means the Eagles don’t have to use 2 high draft picks for WRs.

            I agree that Maehl and Damaris are gone, but seriously, what did these guys offer that the Eagles have to use another draft pick to replace them (or one of them)?

            Jackson, Cooper/Maclin, Avant, *[draft pick]*, Smith – that’s what I’d like to see. If you want a 6th guy, get a FA or an undrafted rookie.

            You say you believe two WRs will be taken in the first 5 rounds and it’s OK. My question is: Do you believe that the Eagles do that or do you want them to do that? Or both?

          • Richard Colton

            It could happen if the draft breaks a certain way. Say Mike Evans slides to #22 and Brandon Coleman to the 4th round? Doubt anyone would be upset with that haul.

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            You are right, but that’s a big “if” there, Richard. I mean, I’ll be Ok even if the Eagles draft Coleman in the 3rd.

          • Richard Colton

            On the scale from 1 to Unicorns and show ponies, I’d say its about as unlikely as Maclin lasting to 19 in the 2009 draft. I’m not sure Evans is even the consensus #2 WR in this draft anymore.

            I do know this – if we end up going WR/OT/WR in the first three rounds, you’ll hear all the draft geniuses come out of the woodwork saying “where’s the defense?”

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            If the Eagles get two WRs and an OT in the first three rounds, one has to think what happens with defense. We need starters at OLB and safety and depth at DL and CB.

          • Richard Colton

            Howie don’t reach – the draft might just fall that way.

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            It’s not always about reaching. Let’s say second round and you have Zack Martin and Davante Adams. Martin is ranked higher than Adams by most, but would you call Adams a reach there?

          • Richard Colton

            Perfect example GK – I’m wondering if Martin isn’t on their radar at #22 – he could step in at a pinch and play 4 O-line positions. He’s there at #54? Crazy value. I’d take him over my 10th WR.

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            I’m really curious to see your WR rankings. ;)

          • Giorgos Kassakos

            To make it clearer, I don’t think it’s a reach if you pick a guy whose value is right and covers a need instead of the best guy available.

            Probably it’s better to go with the best, we agree on that, but I wouldn’t call a reach what I described previously.

          • JofreyRice

            Evans could be hurt by the postseason process. Although many have already dinged him for lack of breakaway speed, it will be interesting to see if they ding him again when he runs a 4.6 or 4.7 at the combine.

            I mean, you know that’s not the guy’s game. Check his vert and check the game tape, and you’ll see that he’s a guy you want catching passes. I’d be ecstatic to get him at #22, especially for a QB like Foles, that puts catchable balls up for his receivers to make plays on.

          • cliff henny

            never saw anyone catch him from behind, did you? and how fast does a guy need to run when he stiff arms cbs to the ground. i cant even imagine evans at 22, and what i’ll do if they pass him up
            .
            liked his running mate, dorrell walker(i think, or close to that). that guy made some nice traffic catches. 7th/udfa guy

          • cliff henny

            who cares when posting half a hundred?!

    • TXEaglesFan

      I agree with your philosophy, but I think it needs to be applied to the oline as well. Last year was an anomaly of health on the oline. We can’t expect that to be the norm, especially with three guys over 31. That is the around the age where injuries are more frequent and harder to overcome. Who are their immediate backups? Who are we grooming to take over after next season? I also think Kelce is a good but limited center. He does things that most centers can’t but also isn’t as strong in short yardage situations. Not that I want to replace him just think his ceiling is limited.

      • BrickSquadMonopoly

        Everything you said is spot on.

      • GEAGLE

        We can talk about dream teams all we want, but I can assure you that as long as they are healthy! we will start Lane!Todd,Kelce,Mathis!and JP next year…I guarentee it!!

        We need to fill depth across the board so I see no point in singling out the Olne…also have NO CLUE how our current young linemen are progressing OR what we think of them. I know we are high on Tobin(whatever that means), Barbre is a backup we can count on…but we NEED to know what the FO thinks of Bamiro and Dennis Kelly’s progress and potential, to know if we are drafting OT depth or not…since NONE of us have any clue how our young OTs are progressing, or not progressing, I see no point in talking about it..

        But like all our veterans, we need to get the linemans eventual replacements in your pipeline, being groomed on the bench, so in two years when we move on from guys like JP, we already have his replacement groomed and ready to take over..
        ….
        But our depth across the board is an issue, so I didn’t see the point in singling out the backup Oline, and I don’t like to discuss topics we have ZERO intell about

    • anon

      There’s not a position on the roster (except QB / WR) where we couldn’t take FA upgrades. There will be lots of cap casualties in the next 2 years as players age into new deals and old people age out.

      • GEAGLE

        I think you will be dissapointed by the lack of starting upgrades in this years FA…I can see us upgrading Nate with a better starter, but all the other FA signings will be mid level Bradley Fletcher types that you never heard of..we will bring them in assuming they improve our depth, hopefully we get lucky and a few of theme outplay the current starter and take his place in the lineup…
        ….
        I think the only sure shot starter we will sign is a safety…that’s not what I would do. Just what I think the FO will do..

        I wouldn’t expect many FA upgrades if I were you. Expect the starters to be brought back, and only replaced by a draft pick or mid level veteran bench player, out performing the starter….
        ….
        Basically I think after FA we will have our team in place(don’t expect many signings in next years FA)…and we will only replace starters if our bench players(rookie or mid level signing) out perform the starter

        • Token

          I think theres gonna be more overturning of the roster than you think. Not sure why you assume Chip loves everyone on this team.

  • cliff henny

    is it me, does every Howie picture have him smiling like he’s half way thru a joke, with eyes of a serial killer

    • GEAGLE

      He does have a little “dexter” in him

      • Media Mike

        You mean Poindexter.

    • Dr Rick

      Makes me think of Warren Zevon.

      Excitable boy, in a good way.
      Glad he’s ours.
      Go Eagles!

    • Dominik

      Reminds me of American Psycho, when Bateman was trying to tell a joke about a serial killer and no one got it (what a surprise).

    • GiveMeABreak

      It’s the glazed smile of someone who doesn’t know whether he is coming or going …

  • Will

    The Team needs upgrades at K, WR, NT, OLB, FS, SS….Let Nate Allen and Maclin walk…resign Cooper and Donnie football….can’t wait to see what they do in FA and the Draft…Said they would go 11-5 this year…I based that on Chip’s performance at Oregon his 1st year as HC….I expect another huge jump year 2….looking forward to the influx of new blood on to this roster….Chip kelly went 10-3 his first year at Oregon as HC…year two he went 12-1 improving by 2 more wins…..based on that we should go 12-4 next year….Kelly lost both Bowl games his first 2 years at Oregon as HC…

    • Giorgos Kassakos

      Two new starters at safety is risky, though…

      • Will

        Granted curious what they do back there gotta wait and see Chung/Wolff is more risky don’t you think?

        • Giorgos Kassakos

          Lol, that’s true. But I can’t see how Chung comes back for 2014. But I think we either go with Allen or Wolff as one of our starters – hopefully, not both.

  • Will

    Howie looks jacked in that picture must be excited for what they are going to do in FA and the upcoming Draft…

  • Will

    RB Chris Polk under goes shoulder surgery per Adam Caplan…

  • Tom W

    Trial and error for a lot of people …. Hmmmm

    1) graham
    2) Dennis Kelly
    3) Nate
    4) henery
    5) Coleman
    6) Matthews
    7) Anderson
    8) Julian
    9) roc

    • Richard Colton

      If that’s your list of who needs to be upgraded ASAP – then sign me up.

      • Tom W

        Totally. I know some will cry about Nate but he is replaceable. I wonder if Bryce may not be a chip guy either. Totally love him but doesn’t seem to fit in this offense and honestly I don’t think his head is into football … He isn’t wired for professional football. I am also going out on a limb here and say one of the two will not get resigned in the future by the birds .. Cox or Kendricks.

        • Adam

          Nothing you said here is based off anything

  • Rahkem

    Cant be scared to spend money this offseason. Look at Seatlle and The niners , they have guys like Marshawn Lynch , Michael Bennett , Chris Avril Donte Whitner, Justin Smith who was a former 1st round bust in cincy, Carlos Rodgers. Big free agent signings , Weve gotta plug 2 or 3 holes through free agency , noones THAT good at evaluating players to build a a dominant team simply through the draft. You cant find that many guys ready to play now , some may pan out down the line when you lose guys and thats how you remain dominant but you gotta plug some holes now to get to that point,

    Ideally Id like us to sign to keep one of our guys at reciever and get julian edelman , he’d be a huge upgrade in the slot from avant. Safety id be okay with whitner or clemons , id love ward or byrd but i think nnamdi made us a little gun shy. If you could get a pass rusher at a reasonable price like Parys Haralson , id be okay with that but i think thats something you need to adress through the draft.

    • anon

      The “Gamble” Connection.

    • JofreyRice

      Eh, I don’t know about Julian Edelman, but I like the rest of your post. It’s tough to fight a narrative like “You can only build a champion through the draft” though. You have to be smart–like signing Pot Roast Knighton over Isaac Sopoaga, though; even if he costs 500K more.

  • Media Mike

    For a settled front office and coaching situation, I wonder how much turnover we’ll have in the starting roster from last year to this year. Figure we’ll need new starters at:
    WR2
    NT
    ROLB
    SS
    FS
    K

    and a good deal of turnover at some of the backup spots.

    • anon

      It’d actually be nice of DJax was a WR2, think on most teams he would be.

    • Giorgos Kassakos

      Yeap, that’s what I think too. Maybe one safety will be enough, if Allen is back. Allen – Draft Pick – Wolff + 2 backups/ST-players sounds OK.