Sean McDermott keeps his job. I'm okay with Andy keeping McDermott around. I'm going to write my SB Nation Philly column on McDermott this week to fully explore the topic. Here's the short version. We finished 12th in yards allowed. We were among league leaders in INTs and takeaways. McDermott isn't incompetent. When a coach can get his players to have some success he's got to get credit for that. The problem for Sean is that the Eagles have played good defense for 30 or so years. Good numbers in a couple of categories doesn't outweigh the points allowed, Red Zone defense, and critical failures that we've seen in the last two years. Sean isn't fully to blame, but I hope he understands that he is part of the problem. Adjust accordingly or update your resume.
QB situation. Andy wants to keep both of his QBs. Can you say "delusional"? There is no way Kevin Kolb sits quietly for another year. Andy needs to embrace this situation and handle it appropriately. Commit to Vick. Trade Kolb. Sign a veteran to be the backup. Develop Kafka for the future. I still support Kevin Kolb and would love somehow to have him stick around, but the clock is ticking and Kevin desperately wants on the field. He's been incredibly good about the situation to this point, but that simply won't last.
Is the needle pointing up for the Eagles? Yes. Hell yes. We still have the best core of young offensive talent in the NFL. Guys like Riley Cooper and Clay Harbor will be better role players next year, making the offense that much better. Jason Peters finally looked like a stud LT. Mike McGlynn has a year under his belt at C. The offense should be as explosive as ever in 2011. And please understand that Vick can get better. He's not been the #1 QB in a training camp since 2006. A full summer of reps for him and the receivers will help their timing and chemistry.
The defense still needs work, but you can't ignore the emergence of Antonio Dixon and Jamar Chaney. Those guys look like players. Things are more uncertain for Nate Allen and Brandon Graham. Their injuries do put a damper on 2011. We'll see how things go for them. Trevor Laws made great strides this year. Moise Fokou looks like a keeper. Keenan Clayton flashed the ability to be a real good Nickel LB. Kurt Coleman looks to be the SS of the future. Someone was lamenting the failure to develop certain players, Trevard Lindley for example. Trevard actually had more tackles this year than Sheldon Brown did in his rookie year. It is rare when you throw a rookie right out on the field and expect them to start right away. Coaches prefer to work them into the lineup. That's what we did with Lindley, Teo, and Clayton. The coaches mixed Graham and Allen in aggressively because we had needs at those positions, but also because they felt those players had the proper combination of background, athleticism, size, and positional skills to handle starting early on.
Our best players in 2010 were older guys (Asante, Trent). 2011 might be a bit different. Chaney could emerge as a very good player. Stewart Bradley will truly be 100 percent and could get back to his 2008 form. Maybe Dixon takes another big step forward. I think he's just scratching the surface of his potential. Trevor Laws can still take his game up a notch. Trent and Asante are still the big dogs, but there might not be such a big gap between them and the other guys.
Could Namdi Asomugha be an Eagle? Yes. I can't stress to you enough how much the front office wanted Julius Peppers last year. Losing him was a crushing blow. It changed the whole offseason plan. I don't know if they will feel the same way about Asomugha, but if they do, expect Howie Roseman to put on the full court press to get him. Howie is very aggressive. If he, Banner, Reid, and McDermott think than Asomugha is worth the money, they will go all out to land him. I know he's going to turn 30 this summer. I know he's not a great playmaker (11 career INTs). It is possible that the brass will think he's not worth the investment. Just don't eliminate him simply because he's older and expensive. Namdi is a true shutdown CB, a position that we covet. Banner's first truly great FA signing ever was when he stole Troy Vincent away from the Dolphins. How'd that work? I think we got him for 5 years and $16M. Namdi might get that per season. Crazy.