4 Offseason Moves Philadelphia Eagles Should Have Made
In sports, it's easy to look back and think about what you should have done. So many decisions are made on a day-to-day basis that effect a franchise and it's only natural to look back and wonder what could have been if you had gone in another direction.
The Eagles made some nice moves. They traded Asante Samuel, traded for DeMeco Ryans, and drafted Fletcher Cox, Brandon Boykin, Nick Foles and Mychal Kendricks. These moves helped improve this team.
But, there are some moves that the Eagles could have made to improve even more.
Fire Andy Reid
He's been the head coach in Philadelphia since 1999, but it's time for the Andy Reid era to end. In all likelihood if the Eagles don't make the playoffs this season the Andy Reid era will end, but it should have ended in the offseason.
Reid has one of the best running backs in the NFL, in LeSean McCoy at his disposal, but he under uses him, instead putting the ball in the hands of Michael Vick. For the Eagles' offense to succeed, they need to run the ball to set up the pass. Unfortunately, Reid is a pass-first type of coach.
Not only is Reid a pass-first coach, but he calls too many deep pass routes. We all know that Vick has a strong arm and can make deep throws, but too often he forces deep balls.
The problem in Philadelphia is not with the talent, it's with the head coach.
Hire Bill Cowher
If Bill Cowher decides that he wants to come back to coaching, the Eagles should offer him whatever contract he wants.
Having a head coach like Cowher would completely change the dynamic of the team. Cowher is a fiery, intimidating figure who clearly has a soft side and cares deeply about his players.
Philadelphia needs a coach who better embodies the city. Cowher has a Philadelphia attitude and passion. Andy Reid is very quiet and uninformative in his press conferences. He shows very little passion.
If the Eagles fired Reid in the offseason, you better bet they would have given Cowher a call.
Sign Yeremiah Bell
The Eagles could still use some help at the safety position, and veteran Yeremiah Bell was available in free agency.
Bell signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the New York Jets, and at age 34 has 21 tackles so far this season, two more than Nate Allen.
Bell would have been a terrific veteran presence to have around an inexperienced defense. Along with DeMeco Ryans at linebacker, the Eagles could have brought in two veteran leaders to mentor their young talent.
Draft T.Y. Hilton
Eagles fans have been treated to some exciting plays by rookie wide receiver Damaris Johnson. Now that we've seen what Johnson can do, imagine if the Eagles had drafted a player who is just as explosive, but taller and had better hands.
That's T.Y. Hilton.
The Colts grabbed Hilton with the 29th pick in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft, four picks after the Eagles took Nick Foles. If the Eagles had taken Hilton, they could have either drafted a quarterback like Ryan Lindley in a later round or put their search for their future quarterback off one more year.
Hilton ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and emerged onto the NFL scene against the Jacksonville Jaguars, when he caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Hilton would have been a great addition to an already explosive Eagles offense.
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