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Andy Reid will definitely take the cupcake any day!
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But related to the 3-4, the team is lacking a legit NT. If you don't have 1-3 NT type players on your team, you have no chance of being a good 3-4 D. Look at the Redskins and how they struggled. They lacked the personnel in the interior to play effectively. Their DLine got dominated because there was no anchor. You need a Kris Jenkins/Casey Hampton in the middle to occupy blocks and collapse the pocket.

If the Eagles are going to a 3-4, they need to draft or acquire a NT or 3. You're also looking at Parker and Tapp being gone due to lack of fit, and probably Patterson on his way out because 3-4 DLinemen need to be stouter. He isn't that kind of player.

The more I think about it, the more I figure Jauron or Mora Jr. will be the DC, meaning a 4-3 defense.
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Additionally, once the CBA expires, Kolb cannot be traded. You cannot trade players for picks in the 2011 draft. You cannot trade players for players. Any deal with Kolb would have to be completed after the CBA is renewed, so any picks accumulated for him would be 2012 picks at the very earliest.
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Any there any assistant coaches in the playoffs the Eagles may be interested in?
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Assuming the Eagles are keeping their offensive coaches intact and are sticking with a 4-3, you're probably looking at Bears coaches. Don't see any changes coming on that end.
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Eagles officially sign Jim Washburn to be their DL coach.
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He's going to turn Brandon Graham into a stud.
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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d...e=HP_headlines

He's going to turn Brandon Graham into a stud.
He's going to help make the whole D-line that much better. He always seems to get the most out of his D-linemen. I hadn't heard much about him until yesterday, but looked into him and I think this will be a very good hire. This pretty much means that any switch to the 3-4 is out, thank god.
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Congrats on Wash, guys... :'(

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Well congrats on getting the only good coach on the Titans defense...

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Now the big question is who will be the DC? I really, really don't want Mora or Jauron.

Edit: you also have to wonder who Washburn will bring in. Maybe Jason Babin or Albert Haynesworth.

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Now the big question is who will be the DC? I really, really don't want Mora or Jauron.

Edit: you also have to wonder who Washburn will bring in. Maybe Jason Babin or Albert Haynesworth.
A motivated Haynesworth would be incredible. Word is Mora wants to stick to broadcasting so Jauron looks like the most likely candidate.
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A motivated Haynesworth would be incredible. Word is Mora wants to stick to broadcasting so Jauron looks like the most likely candidate.
Jauron is looking like he will be the next DC and we will either bring in Dennis Allen or Mike Trgovac as our secondary coach.

Edit: Nevermind. Looks like Dennis Allen, Saints DB coach, is being interviewed for the DC position.

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I love the hire of Washburn, but I'm not certain that it will result in any new personnel. He will be asked to improve on what is already here, especially at DE. The Eagles invested heavily in DE last year, and they need the right coach to get those guys playing with utmost intensity. Maybe the team could use another DT, but I doubt they're going to bring in Haynesworth. Reid has been burned by attitude problems in the past (TO), and I think he'll be reticent to move that forward. Also of concern is the condition of Haynesworth's knees. He missed time and had issues practicing due to knee problems the last 2 years in DC.
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Eagles also interviewing guy from Baltimore.
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Eagles also interviewing guy from Baltimore.
EaglesInsider just reported than the Eagles in fact have not contacted the Dan Peas.

In other news, Chuck Cecil isn't going to be retained by the Titans, so he just became my #2 candidate only following Dennis Allen.

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Why would you want Chuck? He wasn't very good.
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Agreed I've heard nothing but negative comments about him from Titans fans who are happy to see him leave.
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Not going to be Jauron...

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Jeff Fisher for DC please.
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John Clayton just said its a definite possibility. Supposedly Reid has closed the search for a DC and there is talk Fish could be the guy. Reid might not be there a whole lot longer and I would love if Jeff Fisher were to take over.
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Since Fisher looks extremely unlikely now, if not totally out of the equation, I'm still hoping for Winston Moss, who is currently the assistant HC/ILB coach for the packers. He's been one of my top candidates since McDermott got fired and the fact that the eagles seem to be waiting so long tells me it's still a possibility. I can't see Trgovac being the guy considering he seems happy where he is right now, and the eagles already got one of the best DL coaches in the league, so why add another DL specialist as DC? I would love a guy who can develop and scout great LBs running the defense, as opposed to a guy who gets a hard-on over Ernie Sims running around in shorts and acts like he's the next Derrick Brooks.
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Here's my four point plan detailing the set of moves I will expect to see from the Eagles in this offseason if I am to continue believing that they are interested in winning:

1. Release/cut Ernie Sims - I think this move speaks for itself. He is simply a below-replacement-level player who was terrible in Detriot and played terribly in Philadelphia. Whoever was responsible for trading a 5th round pick for this player is a terrible judge of talent, but that's a story for another time. After showing that he is incapable of playing LB in the NFL for three consecutive years and for two different organizations, it's clear to everyone that he simply will never learn the position. If Ernie Sims is still on the roster going into training camp this offseason, then I will know with certainty that the organization is not committed to fielding the best possible team.

2. Re-sign Quintin Mikell - Yes, he's 30 years old, and yes, Kurt Coleman has shown signs that he is capable of playing strong safety in the NFL at an above-average level, but nevertheless, Mikell is clearly a top 5 safety in this league. He's one of the few arguably "impact" players the Eagles even have on defense. Profootballfocus.com rates him as their highest-rated safety in the NFL against both the run and the pass, even edging out Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. He also provides a smart, veteran presence to the locker room. If the Eagles don't resign Mikell, they will needlessly be diluting the talent level on their roster. Relying on a second year 7th round draft pick as their premiere strong safety would be foolish. Despite being 30 years old, Mikell most definitely has at least three or four years of high level play left in him. I would understand letting him walk if he were, say, 33 or 34, but at 30, they need to keep him on board for at least one more contract extension.

3. Sign an impact free agent after the CBA is finalized - Obviously, no free agents can be signed until the details of the CBA is hammered out, but if/when that happens, I need to see the Eagles sign at least *one* impact free agent. Last year some guys were available that could have helped the team, but the Eagles didn't bother doing anything of note in free agency. This year must be different. There are several highly desireable free agent options this year in every area of need for the Eagles: CB, LB, and OL. I don't care if they decide to bolster the offensive line by signing, say, Logan Mankins, or if they want to strengthen their secondary by signing Nhammdi Asomugha or Jonathan Joseph, or if they want to sign a stud LB such as Chad Greenway - they need to pick one of the premier free agents available at any one of those positions (CB, LB, OL) and sign him. If they don't sign at least *one* impact free agent if given the opportunity, I will be skeptical of their commitment to winning.

4. Stay with the 4-3 defensive front. This may seem obvious, but it's extremely important. Many people are clamoring for a switch to the 3-4 defense because of all of the success that style has had in recent years in the NFL. Switching now would be disastrous for the Eagles. They have just hired a premiere 4-3 defensive line coach in Jim Washburn, and they have stocked their roster full of 4-3 defensive linemen who would be lost in a 3-4. Again, this move is not very likely to happen, and they will probably stay with the 4-3 front, but if they somehow inexplicably decide to switch in this offseason, they will be wasting the skills of their new defensive line coach and all of their most recent draft picks. I believe that they can still run a 4-3 and, with the right coaching and maybe 1-2 additional impact player, can field a top 5 defense. Don't give into temptation and switch to the 3-4. If they do, I will question the decision-making ability of the team and will seriously question their ability to assemble a winning team.
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Here's my four point plan detailing the set of moves I will expect to see from the Eagles in this offseason if I am to continue believing that they are interested in winning:

1. Release/cut Ernie Sims - I think this move speaks for itself. He is simply a below-replacement-level player who was terrible in Detriot and played terribly in Philadelphia. Whoever was responsible for trading a 5th round pick for this player is a terrible judge of talent, but that's a story for another time. After showing that he is incapable of playing LB in the NFL for three consecutive years and for two different organizations, it's clear to everyone that he simply will never learn the position. If Ernie Sims is still on the roster going into training camp this offseason, then I will know with certainty that the organization is not committed to fielding the best possible team.
I give Roseman and Reid credit for trying to take a player who is fast and plays downhill to join the defense in a potential area of need. I felt like the price was right to get the guy. That being said, I saw Simms out of position and overrunning plays much of the second half of the season. He was not put in positions to succeed, and he made himself and others look bad by overpursuing and not holding his gaps. This led to tons of extra yards on runs. Not to mention he didn’t get to the QB when he blitzed. He has to go. Agree absolutely. Would rather see Chaney or Bradley in this role next year.

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2. Re-sign Quintin Mikell - Yes, he's 30 years old, and yes, Kurt Coleman has shown signs that he is capable of playing strong safety in the NFL at an above-average level, but nevertheless, Mikell is clearly a top 5 safety in this league. He's one of the few arguably "impact" players the Eagles even have on defense. Profootballfocus.com rates him as their highest-rated safety in the NFL against both the run and the pass, even edging out Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. He also provides a smart, veteran presence to the locker room. If the Eagles don't resign Mikell, they will needlessly be diluting the talent level on their roster. Relying on a second year 7th round draft pick as their premiere strong safety would be foolish. Despite being 30 years old, Mikell most definitely has at least three or four years of high level play left in him. I would understand letting him walk if he were, say, 33 or 34, but at 30, they need to keep him on board for at least one more contract extension.
I have no problem with signing Mikell, but I will note that we have no idea what the CBA will be in terms of salary cap, etc. I have spoken to signing Vick and DJax long term as more important priorities than getting Mikell back into the fold. While I appreciate his work as a leader and a stalwart on D, I’m not looking at him as a must sign ahead of the other 2. Vick and DeSean need to be taken care of first. They would be bigger losses to the franchise. If the team can sign the other 2 and still have room to give Mikell a reasonable 2-3 year deal that represents his value, I’m all for it. Long term, I have a feeling like Allen and Coleman will be the guys manning the back end of the D.

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3. Sign an impact free agent after the CBA is finalized - Obviously, no free agents can be signed until the details of the CBA is hammered out, but if/when that happens, I need to see the Eagles sign at least *one* impact free agent. Last year some guys were available that could have helped the team, but the Eagles didn't bother doing anything of note in free agency. This year must be different. There are several highly desireable free agent options this year in every area of need for the Eagles: CB, LB, and OL. I don't care if they decide to bolster the offensive line by signing, say, Logan Mankins, or if they want to strengthen their secondary by signing Nhammdi Asomugha or Jonathan Joseph, or if they want to sign a stud LB such as Chad Greenway - they need to pick one of the premier free agents available at any one of those positions (CB, LB, OL) and sign him. If they don't sign at least *one* impact free agent if given the opportunity, I will be skeptical of their commitment to winning.
Again, we have no idea what the new CBA will bring or how FA will be affected. What we do know is that there will be upwards of 400 free agents this year. The Eagles have a long history under Reid/Banner of targeting specific FA’s to bring in early. They go get the guys they want and have them in and under contract on Day 1 of FA. See Runyan, Kearse, Samuel, etc. The Eagles will be pretty quiet about their intentions re: FA, then they will pounce. If you see a big ticket guy flying to Philly on Day 1, he is almost certainly signing.

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4. Stay with the 4-3 defensive front. This may seem obvious, but it's extremely important. Many people are clamoring for a switch to the 3-4 defense because of all of the success that style has had in recent years in the NFL. Switching now would be disastrous for the Eagles. They have just hired a premiere 4-3 defensive line coach in Jim Washburn, and they have stocked their roster full of 4-3 defensive linemen who would be lost in a 3-4. Again, this move is not very likely to happen, and they will probably stay with the 4-3 front, but if they somehow inexplicably decide to switch in this offseason, they will be wasting the skills of their new defensive line coach and all of their most recent draft picks. I believe that they can still run a 4-3 and, with the right coaching and maybe 1-2 additional impact player, can field a top 5 defense. Don't give into temptation and switch to the 3-4. If they do, I will question the decision-making ability of the team and will seriously question their ability to assemble a winning team.
I toyed with the idea of the Eagles switching to a 3-4. My reasoning was that switching Foiku, Chaney, and Bradley in the Mike/Ted roles, plus Graham and Cole on the outside would work. Then you shift Bunk/Laws/Patterson, and Dixon at the DE spots and sign 2 NT’s. As soon as they signed Washburn as the DL coach, I knew that the 4-3 was staying. I’m fine with it, provided the team brings in the right kind of DC candidate. I was much more in favor of the pressure schemes of JJ and would like to get back to that. There are plenty of guys out there who can coach this defense. I agree that it will be a 4-3 D for at least 2011.
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Juan Castillo is eagles' new defensive coordinator. Howard Mudd replaces him as O-Line coach.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/bloghead/

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I'm confused as hell by this too, it is a really strange move. Castillo has a history of playing LB and was a defensive coach 20 ago (but that's 20 years ago), and I fully believe he knows his **** when it comes to defenses, but it just stirkes me as strange. I really don't know how to feel about this move, because I have very little information or data to base it off of. All I know is Castillo is a hell of a teacher, I always like listening to him work the linemen (and the D-linemen in the 1-on-1 drills) and if he can keep that type of teachingfor the D, we should do well on that side of the ball. Who knows how it will work out at this point though.
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