Now that the Eagles coaching staff has been finalized, it’s time for the front office to sit down and discuss how this talented Philadelphia Eagles team finished the season 8-8. While defensive coordinator Juan Castillo went through growing pains during his first season, he is not the biggest source of blame.
Coach Andy Reid always states that it starts with him after a loss. He’s telling the truth to an extent. From an organizational standpoint it starts with owner Jeff Lurie. On the sidelines it starts with Reid. On the field, it starts with the quarterback.
With a collective QB rating of 78.3 and a league leading 25 interceptions, the Eagles are lucky to finish the year with eight wins. Since 2004, each of Philly’s playoff teams had a QB rating of at least 92.
The Eagles have some decisions to make regarding football’s most important position. Here is a look at the current roster.
Vick is schedule to get married in late June of this year. If he desires to earn any other type of ring, he needs to engross himself in film study and OTAs. After posting a 100.2 QB rating in 2010, this past season was an utter disappointment.
What made 2011 so frustrating are the high expectations set in 2010 and Vick’s continuous inability to stay healthy. Having a competent backup is one thing, but to need someone with starting experience because you know he’s going to have to play is never good. Availability is a key component to success.
The former VA Tech star has no choice but to utilize his first offseason as the Eagles starter to improve. If not, it will be his last. His recent contract was setup to make it painless to release him after 2012.
There’s not much to say about Young. His time as an Eagle will be most remembered for feeling like he joined a “Dream Team”. For a season where that was supposed to one year audition for a starting job in the future, Young did nothing but regress.
In three starts, his record was 1-2 with a 60.8 QB rating and an atrocious 9 interceptions. Whether he’s looked at as a starter or reserve, Vince Young will not be at the NovaCare Complex in 2012.
Coming off a rookie year playing behind Vick and Kevin Kolb, Kafka missed the OTAs more than anyone else. Early in the 2011 season, Kafka was Vick’s primary backup while Young was trying to regain football shape.
He showed flashes of brilliance in Week 2 inAtlanta. The following week against the Giants was horrible. Young was named the primary backup quickly after that.
I would not be surprised if one or two sports journalists have suffered from carpal tunnel from reiterating the importance of Vick’s health. Everyone knows he needs to be on the field as much as possible, including himself.
Unfortunately, he continues to drive offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg crazy with his reckless play. I don’t expect it to change. What will change is one of the names of the Eagles quarterbacks.
The Eagles cannot go into training camp with Kafka officially No. 2 on the depth chart. They know this already, which is why they worked out Trent Edwards. Working out Edwards hopefully turns out to be just due diligence.
Philadelphia’s approach needs to be to find someone who has the potential for the following: 1.) Become the No. 2 backup and 2.) Be the 2013 starter in case the Vick Experience must come to an end.
Outside of the top two draft prospects (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III), nobody stands out as a must have signal caller. Jason Campbell and Chad Henne are capable backups, but neither is more than a stopgap.
Who QB University brings in as their next project is anyone’s guess. If their premier student fails to show his 2010 form, class may be closed in Philadelphia.
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