With the off-season already in tow and Chip Kelly as now the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, here’s my blueprint for the Philadelphia Eagles:
- Quarterback Michael Vick. With San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson rising, it would seem that Michael Vick would be a logical choice to remain a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. But Vick is actually quite outdated compared to either of those. Vick is comparable to a old-school Corvette versus a modern Saleen S7 in Kaepernick and Wilson. As sleek as Vick may be, his engine would burn out long before he reached the finish line. Vick is outmatched and outdated in this new era of quarterbacks.
- Quarterback Nick Foles. Nick Foles is no Jeff Garcia nor will he ever be. Nick Foles has slight potential, but he lacks an upside. Foles is far too predictable. I would gladly barter both Michael Vick and Nick Foles for San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith, even as a backup. Smith is an intellectual quarterback, but he lacks mobility. Still though, he would be a good option for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Return to 4-3 and Contain Defenses. The Eagles used to be the best at containing the quarterbacks under Jim Johnson, and the Eagles should return to the 4-3. What the Eagles had in talent in 2012-13 they lacked in mentality and preparation. With Robert Griffin III and his Washington Redskins in their division, the Eagles defense must adjust properly.
- Running Back LeSean McCoy. He’s one the few bright spots of the Eagles organization. Talent and skill-wise, he’s been better than Brian Westbrook. He should be kept.
- Tight End Brent Celek. He’s another of the few bright spots of the Eagles organization. He should be kept.
- Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson. His free lunch with Andy Reid is officially over — and should have been over a while back. If Coach Kelly wants him to play as kick returner, he plays kick returner. If he wants him to play cornerback or safety, he plays cornerback or safety. Otherwise, he gets traded and exchanged for someone more than willing to play, like soon-to-be free agent Green Bay Packers Greg Jennings.
- CEO Jeff Lurie. Well, he should keep his reins on Chip Kelly. At least for now.
- Head Coach Chip Kelly. Chip Kelly must instill discipline of the Eagles team from the start. However, he seems like a pushover which does not seem to bode well. Kelly could play favorites like Reid did, and the house of cards will again crumble.