The offseason started a while ago, the draft has passed, and team workouts have already begun. Looking back, I would have to give the Philadelphia Eagles the best offseason grade so far.
The funny thing is that their offseason isn't even over. Or at least it shouldn't be.
Jason Peters and Stacy Andrews replace Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas.
Sean Jones replaces Brian Dawkins, and Ellis Hobbs strengthens their secondary even more.
Rookies LeSean McCoy and Cornelius Ingram will find roles on this team in no time. McCoy looks to play behind Brian Westbrook, and Ingram could very well fill the hole that L.J. Smith left.
The Eagles have improved their defense as well as their offense—yet there is still one more move to put this team over the top.
The Eagles got a great receiver in the draft in Jeremy Maclin. He will work out fine in the West Coast offense.
But can the Eagles really depend on rookie Maclin and sophomore DeSean Jackson?
Their receivers are good but don't have either the experience or skill to be proven players for the contending Eagles. Philadelphia needs a receiver who has been reliable in the past.
In comes Marvin Harrison.
Harrison would top off the Eagles' offseason. In the past, I've heard a lot about "Donovan's receiver," but how about receivers?
Imagine Harrison lining up opposite Jackson, with Maclin and company right behind them. They wouldn't have just an incredible receiver—they would have a great mix of receivers.
Yes, I know Harrison is past his prime, but the Eagles aren't looking for an elite receiver. If he draws attention, look for someone else, and if he doesn't draw attention, then look for him.
With an improved O-line, added depth behind Westbrook, and a great mix of receivers, the Eagles offense could be unstoppable.
Head coach Andy Reid loves to pass; everybody knows this. If he had a four-receiver set with Harrison, Jackson, Maclin, and Kevin Curtis with McCoy in the backfield, who do you cover?
You can't double-cover everybody. Somebody is bound to get separation in single coverage.
Also, with McCoy second on the depth chart, Westbrook can be at ease and get more touches.
With Harrison, the Eagles offense would be perfectly balanced like no other team.
This is the Philadelphia Eagles' starting offensive depth chart with Marvin Harrison:
RB—Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy
WR—Marvin Harrison, Jeremy Maclin
WR—DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis
TE—Brent Celek, Matt Schobel, Cornelius Ingram (any could be the starter)
Other receivers who could see playing time are Reggie Brown, Hank Baskett, Jason Avant, Shaheer McBride, and rookie Brandon Gibson. Look for them to make differences as well.
Their offense with Marvin Harrison sounds pretty good to me.