Originally Posted by Rameek
How's the LB situation?? I know they did bad last year defensively against the run.... Shawn Barber walked away, they cut Dhani Jones... I know you drafted a LB and got Takeo Spikes... Not familiar with there depth chart. I know you signed a couple of DT's is that enough?
Its a a question mark. Trotter could lose his job if he plays how he did last year. Didnt play bad but didnt hold down the MLB position like he has in the past and should have last year. Seemed to regress a tad. The OLB who replaces that bum Dhani Jones was a rookie last season. Think they took him 3rd or 4th round...DE in college but he didnt have the size to play it in the NFL but was athletic/had speed so Jim Johnson def coordinator converted him to OLB...he said a year learning the position he believes he is ready to START. So Chris Gocong is his name...I've never seen him because he hardly ever played as a rookie (much like the rookies of this class wont play much). Jim is on his nut sac. Takeo has the other side solidified. His job isnt threatened but if Trotter doesnt show improvement? Omar Gaither who came on last season and is the teams MLB in nickel situations is said to be pushing for Trotters starting job via Jim Johnson.
LB unit. Also Sheldon Brown job is on the line....Jim Johnson made it known that Will James formerly Will Peterson of the NYG is a favorite of his and has been playing great. He's why they didnt resign Rod Hood. And when asked who Brian Dawkins replacement would be since they didnt draft one? He said Sheldon can play FS. So eh, thats the word around town here. Jim Johnson loves what he has. Broderick Bunkley the rookie who hardly played last season out of FSU is starting in Darwin Walkers place. Should be interesting to see how he performs. High pick, better live up to the hype. (Seems every athletic DT is compared to W.Sapp).
DT-Mike Patterson-Rayburn-Ramsey (undrafted rookie last yr)
Word is McDougle the BUST will be cut...Eagles gave extensions to Cole and Thomas who are solid DE's and will keep the rookie as the 5th DE. Bye Bye McDougle. And one DT will be cut...Sam Rayburn is gonna be the odd man out due to age. LaJuan Ramsey is young out of USC entering his 2nd year. Eagles love young players with potential.
CB Lito Sheppard-J.Hansen (bum)-Barksdale (rookie)
CB Sheldon Brown-Will James-CJ Gaddis (rookie)
SS-S.Consadine (drafted 4th round in 05, team likes him. eh)
Not a bad unit if the blitz scheme works...meaning if our OLBs can provide much need pressure we'll be fine. Dhani gave none and stunk in coverage. The pressure will depend on how well the secondary plays (especially if healthy. Lito was injured for a few games).
I'm not happy with no replacement to groom for B.Dawk nor am I sold on Consadine...he plays a position where his run D is needed and he struggled last year. Missing tackles, trying to throw hard hits and players bouncing off it. He had his great moments but he had his notable bad...so he is a question mark.
I like the defense if everyone is healthy...with T.Spikes, J.Kearse, D.Howard, L.Sheppard...will they be healthy? Will the young guns starting step up? We'll see. Thats why I wanted Brandon Meriweather S out of Miami. They loust out on that pick so I figured they were moving down to grab a Safety...if not a WR (I'm a big Steve Smith USC WR fan). Nope. A phucking QB.
Only pick that could be given action is Tony Hunt. Love that pick. But the WR core? I've seen worst (Torrance small, Charles Johnson) but geeze. I'd like a friggin threat instead of going with unknowns and guys with question marks (Reggie being a #1 WR).
Even tho Eagles offense doesnt use one WR...spread it to RB, TE (LJ Smith in a contract year so he might pump stats), WR but still...Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis are the 1 and 2. If I was a CB...I'm not afraid.