Evaluating Chip The GMBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Acquired: Sam Bradford
Gave Away: Nick Foles, 2016 secound-round pick
Premise: Poor Sam Bradford got a raw deal out in St. Louis. Poor Sam Bradford has potential. Poor Sam Bradford never had weapons. Poor Sam Bradford never had an offensive coach. Poor Sam Bradford will flourish in the quarterback friendly-system, and be for the Eagles what Drew Brees was for the New Orleans Saints.
Result: Bradford has been erratic, unsure of himself at times, and overall frustrating to watch. But he’s probably been a slight upgrade over what Nick Foles was a year ago. Certainly not worth sacrificing what could be a fairly high second-rounder over though. Ultimately, the jury is still out on this move, but it didn’t make sense to me at the time and it still doesn’t look like the right move now. There’s been nothing that Sam Bradford has done to make me believe this team would be any worse with Foles.
Acquired: DeMarco Murray
Premise: LET’S SIGN THE LEAGUE’S LEADING RUSHER FROM 2014!!!!! NORTH-SOUTH RUNNER!!!! JUST WHAT CHIP NEEDS!!!!
Result: Murray hasn’t come close to living up to his high price tag, despite a couple of good performances along the way. Not a good fit for system. Disinterested effort at times. Money used to bring him here would have been much better spent towards keeping Jeremy Maclin. Worst free-agent signing since Nnamdi Asomugha. Bad contract that will hurt team’s ability to make moves next year.
Acquired: Ryan Mathews
Premise: Talented, though often-injured, running comes at an affordable price, provides valuable depth and change-of-pace style.
Result: Excellent complimentary running back. Capable starter if needed. Very good fit for system.
Acquired: Miles Austin
Premise: Veteran presence for young receivers, complimentary role, reliable target for Bradford.
Result: Terrible signing. Austin contributes nothing to special teams, and has hurt offense all year long. Roster spot should have gone to Rasheed Bailey in Training Camp.
Decision: Jeremy Maclin isn’t worth a big contract
Premise: Chip’s system made Maclin look better, Chip can plug-and-play anyone, no need to pay for top wideout.
Result: Eagles’ wide receivers have been horrendous all year, Maclin’s 85-catches, 1,300 yards, and 10 touchdowns have notably not been replaced.
Acquired: John Moffit
Premise: Chip’s half-baked, last-minute idea to potentially upgrade offensive line.
Result: Failed to make the team.
Acquired: Byron Maxwell
Premise: Address one of the team’s biggest needs by breaking the bank for market’s top corner.
Result: Not a true shutdown corner. Team won’t even try to have him shadow top receivers, begging the question of why the team paid him like an elite corner if they weren’t going to play him like one. Questionable effort at times, bad contract that will hurt team’s ability to make moves next year.
Acquired: Kiko Alonso
Gave Away: LeSean McCoy
Premise: Get rid of LeSean McCoy because #culture, bring in talented but injured defensive prospect.
Result: Alonso hasn’t been healthy all year, and hasn’t contributed a thing to the defense.
Acquired: Walter Thurmond
Premise: Cheap, low-risk former Oregon Duck that could come in and compete for safety job.
Result: Perhaps the most pleasant surprise from all of the acquisitions, Thurmond has locked down the void at safety opposite Malcolm Jenkins and provided the team with another playmaker in the secondary.
Acquired: E.J. Biggers
Premise: Well-traveled veteran to serve as insurance.
Result: Provides decent veteran depth, nothing more than a fourth corner. Up-and-down performances on the field. No help to special teams.
Acquired: Brad Jones
Premise: Upgrade special teams
Result: Jones was supposed to provide depth and upgrade special teams. He was released midway through the season.
Acquired: Seyi Ajirotutu
Premise: Upgrade special teams
Result: Supposed special teams ace has had minimal impact.
2015 Draft Class
Nelson Agholor (first-round pick)
Premise: Billed as a Jeremy Maclin clone. Eagles created a need when they let Maclin go. Let’s draft Jeremy Maclin clone!
Result: That comparison seems pretty laughable right now, as Agholor has made absolutely no impact on the Eagles’ offense through the first three months of the season. Team doesn’t even try to get him involved. I haven’t given up on Agholor, simply because I think the coaching staff has flat-out failed him in his rookie year, but there’s certainly some concern here.
Eric Rowe (second-round pick)
Premise: Inject more talent into the corner position, possibly compete with Carroll for job in preseason.
Result: Looked like he was in over his head during the preseason. Had a nice game against the Jets, coming up with a critical interception. Was MIA until Nolan Carroll injury forced him into action, and Billy Davis allowed him to get demolished by Calvin Johnson.
Jordan Hicks (third-round pick)
Premise: Eagles thought he was too good of a value to pass up, despite having great depth at position.
Result: Hicks looks like the gem of this class, and could wind up being the steal of the entire draft if he’s able to continue to build off of his strong rookie season.
JaCorey Shepard (sixth-round pick):
Premise: Brandon Boykin’s replacement in slot.
Result: Went down with season-ending injury in camp.
Randall Evans (sixth-round pick): Failed to make the team.
Brian Mihalak (seventh-round pick): Failed to make the team.
Of all of the moves here, you have three good additions (Ryan Matthews, Jordan Hicks, Walter Thurmond), at least three bad moves with long-term negative ramifications (Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell), a non-impactful draft class with major questions moving forward (Agholor, Rowe), and a handful of minor transactions that haven’t had any positive impact on the team.
Kelly’s moves have run the team into the ground, and created all kinds of questions about the future.
There’s still no answer at the quarterback position. The offensive line will become even more of a problem with Jason Peters likely at the end of the line, giving the team potentially three areas in need of upgrade on the line. Wide receiver will probably need to be addressed again with an utter lack of playmakers at the position.
This team is not in a good position this year, or in the year to come.
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