OUR struggling Secondary has almost become the stuff of legend, with many fans feeling that it’s the fault of the athletes, and not the harebrained, tea-dance, flag-football scheme that we run on Defense. Ask most Eagles fans what should we grab with our first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the answer you’ll hear most is: CORNERBACK.
CB Avonte Maddox is a gambler and a battler. CB Rasul Douglas is a ball-hawking, Screen sniffing machine. (He’s a bigger Sheldon Brown with much better hands.) As far as drawbacks, Douglas has issues with raw speed, and Maddox simply isn’t very tall.
In a Cover Two scheme, both of those deficiencies would be masked, and we’d end up with two excellent CB’s who not only cover well, but play the run well, and finish tackles. Hard to justify spending a high pick on one guy, when you could just swap out a shitty coach, and get a still under contract, two-fer for free.
Where our top pick should be spent, is on a WR. Actually, picking a top WR in 2020, would be making up for a move that’s already two years overdue. I said a couple years ago, that with Wentz as the Franchise, the Eagles should include him in their quest for the WR who will be the Rice to his Montana, or the Clayton to his Marino.
As it stands today, the Eagles #1 WR is Alshon Jeffery.
While all of Alshon’s traits scream top-shelf WR2, we use him as a WR1 because frankly, we don’t have better. Alshon (when healthy) is physical, confident, and fast enough to hurt a secondary down the sideline. What he isn’t is a vocal leader who commands the ball and inspires his QB to throw it to him, regardless of who is covering him.
While Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Chad Johnson type talent is rare, it is also not deniable. It is not containable. It is not team, scheme, nor QB dependent. Unfortunately, too often, the Eagles Offense is all of those things.
We need to stop piece-mealing the WR position, and to stop avoiding studs, as we instead hunt for steals. We spent on the QB. We added to the Offensive Line. We grabbed a great young TE. Even spent a high pick on a back-up RB. It’s high time that our QB got an outside weapon that put the NFL on notice.
That being said, we need to knock off this idiotic bullshit of getting ourselves a deep threat. When our SINGULAR deep threat gets hurt, we end up with 2018 and 2019.
Here’s a novel idea! Why not add more than on fast guy to the roster? Or better still a WR’s coach who can actually develop young players. Name the last WR the we drafted then groomed into a respectable starter. I’m thinking we’d have to go back to Jeremy Maclin. (Jackson was drafted a year prior.)
So yeah. It’s time to drop some serious Draft capital on at least two players. Two sounds about right. After which, we should fire our current WR coach. Then we tell then new guy, that we want starters, if he doesn’t want WR coach to be his career’s dead-end.
More talent. Scared coaches. That’s how we fix our receiver problem.