Its seems as if every year, Philadelphia Eagle fans have two complaints about the team: the lack of a wide receiver and the lack of balance in the offense.
The Eagles did not go out and trade for a big wide out or running back; instead, they went and drafted wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back LeSean Mccoy.
The two draft picks took care of the play-making issue, but what about the play-calling issue?
That remains to be seen, but all early indications are that the play-calling will be different this year. The signing of fullback Leonard Weaver gives the team their first "true" fullback since John Ritchie.
LeSean Mccoy gives the Eagles a second running option behind Brian Westbrook. Mccoy has a skill set similar to Westbrook's, so he will be used in similar ways.
In addition to this, the Eagles front office also added Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters and the talented Stacey Andrews to the offensive line.
Could Andy Reid (or whoever calls the plays) tweak the playbook because of the offseason moves?
Only time will tell, but the moves that were made indicate a change in philosophy is coming. It may not be a drastic change, but a drastic change isn't needed.
Instead of a 65-35 pass-to-run ratio, we may see a 55-45 pass-to-run ratio instead. This would bring a certain balance to the offense that we really have not seen since the Duce Staley/Correll Buckhalter/Brian Westbrook three-headed monster days.
With DeSean Jackson and company, the receiving core will benefit greatly from the possible change in play-calling, making them even more deadly.
Back to the addition of Leonard Weaver.
Weaver brings a lot of versatility to the Eagles at the fullback position, because he can catch and block efficiently. He also brings experience in running the West Coast offense, playing in a West Coast offense in Seattle.
The running game had trouble last year in short yardage situations, in large part due to the lack of a true fullback. Weaver is a big bruiser who can either block or take the ball, and get that short-yardage first down, if need be.
Expect the running game to be deadly because of Weaver, and the additions to the offensive line.
Expect the offense in general to be deadly.
Expect a Super Bowl championship in Philadelphia because of these additions...
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