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nephillymike
Here are the moves the Eagles have made, and my rating 10 the best, 1 the worst:

Cut TE Casey - 10. For his cap amount and ST only contirbutions, that is a no brainer. Have Burton in the wings

Cut OG Herremans - 3. He was significantly better than the guys who filled in for him and it turned out his market value was 0.5 M less than he was getting here. I thought it created a need. For all the talk of Tobin, Barbre etc. They stunk last year.

Cut Williams - 11. Thank You Chip.

Trade McCoy for LB ALonzo and 7.7M of freed cap. - 7. We needed the LB and we got real good replacements for McCoy. I think McCoy is a special back and we will miss those 2nd level cuts for 10-15 more yards more than we'll miss his jukes behind the line for losses. FWIW, he was wiling to lower his cap hit by converting salary to SB so that was an option but he wasn't a fit for Chip. Hopefully ther are other RB's who are a fit that can put up close 3,000 yards the next two years.

Don't re-sign Cole - 4. Not crazy about it because he was the better OLB between him and Graham based on snaps and stats last year. He ended up signing for 2 yrs, $16M with 8M guaranteed. Not pissed about it either.

Sign Sanchez - 6 2 yr/ $9M. I'm OK for him to come in and compete. Him and Bradford or him and Foles should be a close competition. Didn't overpay. He acquitted himself well for a backup QB.

Sign Maxwell - 9 Only down tick was the cost was high 6 yrs/$63M w/ 25M guaranteed. With the money Revis got, it was an extra $4M per year with $14M more guarantee so Revis wasn't an option IMO.

Sign Graham - 4 Not a bad deal money wise at $26M over 4 yrs with $14M guaranteed but thought the cheaper slightly better Cole was the way to go in a short term deal. I don't hate it.

Don't re-sign Maclin - 2 Should have paid the extra 1.25M per year for what would have been three years. Unlike last year, there is no high caliber WR waiting to take over for a jettisoned WR. Penny wise and pound foolish. We just made a need into a urgent deficit.

Sign Matthews - 3 3 yrs/$11M $5M G
Sign Murray - 7 5 yrs/$40M 21G

I take these two together as one makes the other unneeded IMO. If we could have gotten Murray first, we wouldn't have signed Matthews, thus the neutral grade. Almost #12M of salary and $25M of guarantees is excessive given the depth with Sproles and Polk and other needs. Talent-wise, can't complain though.

Sign Thurmond - 8 1 yr/3.25M. He was a decent FA catch for NYG last year but done in by injury. Hopefully he rebounds to be able to compete for the starting CB with Carroll and Boykin (BTW, they are giving Boykin a shot)

Nick Foles, plus a 2nd and a 4th and 11.5M of cap for Bradford and a 5th. -- 2. The people in STL are ecstatic and there's a reason. Taking Chip at his word that we're not trading Bradford, this is a bad move. Gave it a little boost from a 1 b/c of his efforts to recruit Murray. Unless he's trading him, I can't see Chip foregoing speed which is needed to run his offense.

So looking at it on what I call the lineup theory, I have us about even. When we lineup on Sunday, how much better or worse is our lineup better than the one we ended the season with?:

Huge + = Maxwell over Williams
+ Thurmond over Fletcher
+ Alonzo over Ryans
Slight + = Murray/Matthews/Sproles over McCoy/Sproles/Polk. I think Matthews will canibalize Sproles touches which is not what we want IMO

Huge - = Replacement over Maclin
- = Bradford over Foles
- = replacement over Herremans

Slight - = Graham over Cole.

Overall, a mixed bag. It's a little disappointing given our well defined needs going into FA and the cap resources we had at our disposal. Given those two factors, this review should be a "Layup A".

It's not over, but Chip's got work to do.
Zero
We don't know who Maclin's replacement is so I don't get the "-"

We don't know who Herreman's replacement is so ...

St. Louis fans are happy to get rid of Bradford because he was, in their minds a big #1 bust. I wonder if Atlanta fans were happy to get rid of Favre, or if San Diego fans were happy to get rid of Brees. Not saying it turns out the same way, but that argument has so many holes you could shower under it. You gave Williams release an 11, let's see how he plays out there. Who they play with/for can make a big difference in how they play.

And, an added bonus is signing Murray and watching how the Cowboy fans are reacting! laugh.gif
Phits
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I think McCoy is a special back

Agreed.

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we will miss those 2nd level cuts for 10-15 more yards more than we'll miss his jukes behind the line for losses.

Too often we found ourselves in 3rd and long. According to PFF 120+ of Shady's 315 carries resulted in a negative yards. In Chips offense that is a killer.

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Sign Graham - 4 Not a bad deal money wise at $26M over 4 yrs with $14M guaranteed but thought the cheaper slightly better Cole was the way to go in a short term deal. I don't hate it.

At this point in their career's Graham's upside is better than Cole.

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Don't re-sign Maclin - 2 Should have paid the extra 1.25M per year for what would have been three years. Unlike last year, there is no high caliber WR waiting to take over for a jettisoned WR. Penny wise and pound foolish. We just made a need into a urgent deficit.

I really believe that the only way we were keeping Maclin this season was to franchise tag him. He was going to leave as long as he got a decent offer from a favorable team. Also, while I really like him as a WR, his career year had a great deal to do with Chip's system. I would be very suprised to see him crack 1000 yards in KC this season.

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Sign Matthews - 3 3 yrs/$11M $5M G
Sign Murray - 7 5 yrs/$40M 21G

I take these two together as one makes the other unneeded IMO. If we could have gotten Murray first, we wouldn't have signed Matthews, thus the neutral grade. Almost #12M of salary and $25M of guarantees is excessive given the depth with Sproles and Polk and other needs. Talent-wise, can't complain though.

As good as Sproles has been, he isn't an every down back and can't be relied on for a heavy workload. I believe his true value is first as a return specialist secondly as a receiving threat.


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Nick Foles, plus a 2nd and a 4th and 11.5M of cap for Bradford and a 5th. -- 2. The people in STL are ecstatic and there's a reason. Taking Chip at his word that we're not trading Bradford, this is a bad move. Gave it a little boost from a 1 b/c of his efforts to recruit Murray. Unless he's trading him, I can't see Chip foregoing speed which is needed to run his offense.

The speed Chip requires is not in the mobility of the QB, but the ability to think and react quickly. My issue with the signing is in the protection for Bradford. We need to maintain a strong o-line to keep him upright and not force him into having to move his feet other than pocket awareness.

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So looking at it on what I call the lineup theory, I have us about even. When we lineup on Sunday, how much better or worse is our lineup better than the one we ended the season with?:

Huge + = Maxwell over Williams
+ Thurmond over Fletcher
+ Alonzo over Ryans
Slight + = Murray/Matthews/Sproles over McCoy/Sproles/Polk. I think Matthews will canibalize Sproles touches which is not what we want IMO

The value in this version of 3 headed monster is the ability to have 2 back sets that are mainly N/S runners. A huge difference from last season. It wouldn't surprise me to see all 3 on the field at the same time.

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It's not over, but Chip's got work to do.

That he does.
koolaidluke
1 - 9: 10

Like Matthews even though he is injury prone scum, because he is only going to be carrying the ball a few times a game anyway, a perfect role for a fragile girly man like him.

Don't like the Murray signing, he is about to fall to pieces. He will not do anything special this season in a best case scenario and probably will spend a lot of time on the injury report.


As for the Bradford trade, he will be Peyton Manning if he can stay healthy so I guess it was worth the risk, although personally I wouldn't have done it.

Also, while I really like him as a WR, his career year had a great deal to do with Chip's system

I doubt that. His numbers got dramatically worse when Sanchez came in and Sanchez ran Chip's system fuck better than Frankenstein Foles did.
Eyrie
Excellent - Maxwell

Good - Murray & Mathews, Thurmond, Alonso, Sanchez (as depth)

Warming to it - Bradford

Undecided - Graham

Big holes to fill - Maclin, Herremans, Cole, still no S

Goodbye - Casey, Williams

Poor value - McCoy (should have gained a draft pick), Foles (why give away a draft pick?)

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