Gus Bus Mock Offseason w/ Full Coaching Staff (updated 1/15)free agency and draft
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:03 PM
HC Gus Bradley (Seattle)- I have to admit, at the beginning of this process I was on the Chip Ship, but when I took some time to research this guy, he instantly became my number one choice. I like everything about him. He's tough, smart, demands 100%, straight forward, good with the media, players love him, and he made RG3 look like Michael Vick.. Wait.. I mean ugh Vince Young... I mean.. ahh nevermind. But anyway, I feel this guy will be a tremendous head coach and can take control of the locker room without demolishing the team and starting completely from scratch. The thing that impressed me the most was in this video I'm sure you all have seen by now, but for those of you who haven't check it out below, skip to about 2 minutes 15 seconds and watch how he just takes control of his team like a leader should.
OC Pete Carmichael (OC New Orleans)- Rumor has it he wants the opportunity to be a true OC, which he can’t do with Payton coming back and calling plays. I honestly don’t see it being too hard to get him. We have enough playmakers that he could run a very similar offense as the Saints. Just imagine if we actually used our deep threats as deep threats .
QB- This is one I’m stumped on. I want a quality guy with experience and success grooming young guys. I was gonna go Paul Hackett due to spending time with Bradley in Tampa but all his QB’s I can remember is Brad Johnson and the revolving door there until Freeman got there. Any suggestions to fill in the blank would be appreciated.
RB Duce Staley (Eagles)- Word on the street is the Eagles want to retain him. I’m thinkin he gets promoted to RB’s since Ted Williams is likely out.
WR Richard Mann (Formerly at Tampa Bay)- Highly respected WR coach from the Jon Gruden, Monte Kiffin days in Tampa
TE Jeff Jagodzinski (OC at Georgia State)- He’s a good, veteran TE coach. He had a brief stint as Tampa’s OC when Bradley was there and I really can’t find a better candidate
OL Aaron Kromer (New Orleans O-Line coach and Running game coordinator)- He coached with Bradley in Tampa Bay maybe he can pull some strings to get him to up and leave N.O. In N.O. he’s the O-Line coach (with an impressive resume) and running game coordinator which means he developed blocking schemes and had a lot of input on the gameplan and play calling. I envision him in a similar role here. He also coaches a mauling power blocking and is excellent at developing young lineman. It may be tough to get him but if we can I think this could be one of the most important of our coaching moves.
DC and Asst. Head Coach Lovie Smith- My first choice was Bradley’s mentor Monte Kiffin but since he decided to be GEE.AYYY.WHY and join the Cowpies. I gotta go a different direction, Lovie deserves to be a HC, but if that doesn’t happen, I think he and Bradley would make a dynamic duo of defensive minds. Plus he runs a similar style and should mesh well. His players also love him. Dream scenario.
LB Joe Barry (Chargers)- I’d love for Bradley to bring Ken Norton but my guess is he would be the Seahawks new DC. So, I’d bring in Joe, He knows the scheme well (He was the bucs LB coach when Bradley was Kiffin’s asst.) and appears to be a pretty good LB coach.
DL Todd Wash(Seattle)- Long time friend and co-worker with Bradley from their days in Tampa. I expect him to be passed over in Seattle for the DC job, which I think will be Ken Norton Jr.
DB Greg Burns(Arizona State CB coach)-Burns was on Kiffin’s 2006 staff and is a well tenured CB coach who has worked with Bradley.
Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub(Chicago)- One of the best STC’s in the league and was in early conversations as a possible HC candidate around the league. With the firing of Lovie, I don’t see him going back I think Lovie talks him into joining us.
A few notes on the coaching staff:
- I really wanted to bring in guys who could command respect in this locker room
- I tried to get a good mix of established quality coaches with winning pedigrees and young up and coming coaches who could bridge the generation gap between, say Monte Kiffin and some of the younger guys
- Everyone of these guys has been successful and had a solid mentor
- I wanted to get away from the finesse and bring tough hard nosed football back to Philly while at the same time sprinkle in a lot of team speed and a very good passing attack
- Rome wasn’t built in a day. That being said, I don’t expect a Superbowl next year. I think Lurie is smart enough to realize that in most cases it takes a year or two to fully implement your system and get the team to gel into it
- Finally I wanted guys who would get in these players’ faces and tell them who’s boss and what’s what. These guys need to get there arses kicked around. They were a disgrace and they need to know that.
Changes to our Current Roster:
Re-structure Nnamdi’s deal- He has not played up to his level so for him to stay he would need to take a paycut. Bradley likes physical corners who jam and press at the line, so I think Nnamdi fits. I also feel this coaching staff can light a fire under some of these guys arses.
Demetress Bell- Quite possibly the worst FA signing ever. This chic sucks like a broke fiend at a crack house
Mike Patterson- He’s a good guy and teammate, also a pretty good player. But, he would be wise to hang it up. There’s just somethings more important than football.. Like living. Bravo to him for coming back this year, but the brain is just not something you mess with.
DRC( 2 years)- This should be highly incentive based and have a team option should he not perform again. Did he play good? No. Does he seem like a ****? Yes. Does he deserve a new contract? No. I’m not a big fan of this. However, he is young, supremely athletic and has great size. I think it’s worth a one year deal to see if he can pull his head out and play good football. I also believe he should be challenged for his job by Boykin and possibly a draft pick.
Jake Scott (1 year)- He’s a really solid backup. I was impressed how he stepped in and played this year. We need real depth on the line because 7th rounders and UDFA ain’t gonna cut it.
Jon Dorenbos (4 years)- One of the most reliable long snappers in the league. I see no reason they would let him go.
Austin Howard (4 years)- When he was with us he showed promise and I was disappointed he got away. In New York this year he started all 16 games and proved to be a very good, young, up and coming RT in this league. He’s a physical mauler and an ideal fit at RT opposite of Peters. He’s not the big name but I really believe he is only hitting his stride and will only improve. All of that said, I’d still like to draft some competition.
Jairus Byrd (5 years)- Well maybe we can land this Oregon Duck as a consolation prize for you Chip Chuggers out there. A young playmaking safety that can tackle.. Forgot they existed.
Alan Branch (4 years)- Massive 6’6” 330 lbs. DT that played well for Bradley in Seattle and fits his system, which prefers to be big up the middle and fast on the outside. Combined with Cox and Jenkins, we have a really nice rotation.
Matt Flynn (2 years w/ a team option for 5)- I like Foles but want him to compete for the starter. If Flynn get's released due to his high contract. I'd bring him in and give him a fair shot at the starting job. If he wins, cool, excercise the team option after a year it will give him a raise and keep him in town. If Foles raises his game to a higher level and wins then he's the guy moving forward.
Dan Koppen( 2 years)-J.D. Walton has replaced him as the starter in Denver (though Walton was injured this season), however he’s a very solid reliable backup should Kelce go down, as proven by the fact that Peyton had him most of the year and that was never an issue on that team.
Leroy Hill(2 years)- Played well in Bradley’s system as a Will. I really like Kendricks future but I’m a big advocate of quality depth across the board. He’s not what he once was but I believe he could be a very good role player for us, and possibly start for a little bit while we groom our future.
Armond Armstead(1 year)- He had a heart attack at USC which was rumored to be due to the painkillers they were giving him. Before that he was a star and most likely a high pick. The USC medical staff wouldn’t clear him to return. So, he played in Canada where he had 6.5 sacks and proved his heart was healthy. At 6’5” 300 lbs. he can play in the DT rotation and also take snaps as the big LDE that Bradley likes (ala Red Bryant in Seattle). Plus I like players with something to prove.
I think this is a reasonable group of Free Agents. I didn’t bring in any huge signings except maybe Byrd, depending how you look at it.
Please read the trades and reasoning behind them before ishing about how unreasonable they are. I tried to make them mutually beneficial.
Vick and 2014 4th pick to KC for a 3rd – I know. I know. Nobody will trade for Vick but I'm sure he would re-structure to play for Andy due to Andy giving him his shot at redemption. They have a solid O-Line with 2 top notch tackles (They gotta resign Albert though), Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis is a solid duo, and If they can find a way to retain Bowe their WR corps are nice with Bowe, Steve Breaston, Johnathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster. They also have a good defense. This trade would allow them to go BPA with first pick. Possible Jarvis Jones/ Tamba Hali combo as rush LB’s that would be a nasty duo. They could then grab a one year project QB in the 2nd or later (maybe a guy like Tyler Wilson, EJ Manuel or Bray from Tennessee). The 2014 4th pick we gave them ensures that if he stinks it up they get a 4th and in the end really didn't lose much. Plus no matter how bad he plays, Vick sells tickets and merchandise, he puts arses in the seats and this is a business. And in reality who is a better option for them at this point.
1st to St. Louis for 2 1sts - It’s a lil steaper than the trade chart would show but they see a prospect they deem worth it and make the deal. It looks like they are gonna switch to the 3-4. So, my guess they take Star Lotulelei. Chris Long, Star Lotulelei, Michael Brockers is a good young 3-4 D-Line to build around with Laurinaitis behind them and Robert Quinn off the eddg. Plus they got Finnegan and Jenkins at corner. Throw in role players like Rocky McIntosh, JoLonn Dunbar and Quintin Mikell and they are about ready to bring the noise on Defense. They also would have a shot at Jarvis Jones or Damontre Moore.
Our 6th for a 2014 5th
These trades allow us to dump Vick’s contract and stockpile high draft picks to build on a solid young core and bring in someone to push Foles for a starting job.
1. Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah DE BYU- At 6’6” 270 lbs. this kid runs a 21 sec 200m dash. He’s a freak athlete from Ghana who has only played football for 3 years. I have flashbacks to JPP. I feel trading back and picking him up would be a great move as I really believe he has the raw talent to be one of the top 5 DE’s in the NFL within 3-4 years
1. Matt Elam SS Florida- The best safety in this class should for a very good tandem with Byrd and solidify the backend of our defense.
2. Justin Hunter WR Tennessee- He has slid a bit due to a torn ACL last year. However, he rebounded very well this year putting up 73 receptions 1,083 yards and 9 TDs while playing all 12 games. At 6’4” 200-205 lbs. he is a freak athlete with tremendous upside and number 1 receiver potential. If Nick Foles is going to start, I wanna give him as many playmakers as I can. Considering how often our top two wideouts get hurt, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to take a WR in the 2nd , especially with the amount of picks we have stockpiled. This also allows Maclin and Jackson a chane to line up in the slot where there speed is a mismatch for LBs, Safeties and most nickel corners. Add in Avant, Cooper and Johnson and we have one really deep, talented receiving core.
3. Menelik Watson OT Florida State- This British product has only played 2 years of football. But, at 6’6” 320 lbs. he is an athletic specimen and is said to have some of the best footwork in the draft could be a steal to groom behind Peters
3. Jamie Collins OLB Souther Miss- At 6’4” 245 he has very good athleticism, flexibility, and fluidity. He played QB in H.S. and played Safety, Linebacker and D-End at Southern Miss. His NFL comparison is K.J. Wright who just happens to be Bradley’s SAM in Seattle (also the guy who outperformed Aaron Curry and led to his trade)
3. Jordan Reed TE Florida- Reed is a vertical threat much in the mold of Aaron Hernandez. He led the Gators in receiving this year. I expect him to add a new dimension to our offense as he can line up at TE, slot, FB or tailback. He’s a very versatile weapon that any team would be happy to have.
4. Brian Winters OT Kent State- I’ve heard a few people say he has 2nd round potential but due to the amount of really good tackles in the draft he is getting pushed down. I think even as a rookie he’s an upgrade to Dunlap, and this is a good pick for solid depth on the O-Line.
5. Tyrann Matiheu CB LSU- I know a lot of you think he’s a bad kid for smoking pot. But, C’mon man its just weed if your life comes down to criticizing people for mistakes on the EMB, then you should write a blog about how your mom effed up by not having an abortion. Seriously, I guarantee 90% percent of you reading this have smoked before and know that it is really harmless. All of that aside, watch the clip below and see that he was just a kid who screwed up and knows what an opportunity he has and how much he loves football. Now for on the field, he didn’t play this year due to a suspension (yes, for greenery), but last year he was phenominal as both a CB and Return Man. He’s a tackler, a hard hitter and a great athlete. At only 5’9” he is a bit short, but he reminds me of a more exciting Antoine Winfield who is the same size and reveared as one of the leagues best corners when it comes to tackling. I’m not anointing him, but I think due to his physicality and tenacity on the field he may be my darkhorse candidate to win the starting job. Plus I kinda want a cool nickname like Honey Badger on our team lol.
The interview about missing football
7. Braden Wilson FB Kansas State- At 6’3” 255lbs he is a massive lead blocker with pretty decent skills. He used to be a TE and has pretty decent hands also. With our new OC, I expect more power running game. So, I believe a traditional FB will be acquired through the draft.
7. Ryan Allen P LA Tech- I think he’s better than McBriar from day one and should be a solid addition to our team.
In this rebuilding year, I beleive every position should be up for open competition. Put our best players and hardest workers on the field.
QB Foles, Flynn, Edwards
RB McCoy, Brown, Lewis
WR Jackson, Hunter, Maclin, Avant, Cooper, Johnson
TE Celek, Reed, Moore
LT Peters, Watson
LG Mathis, Scott
C Kelce, Koppen
RG Herremans, Watkins
RT Howard, Winters
DE Cole, Graham, Ansah, Curry, Hunt
DT Cox, Branch, Jenkins, Armstead, Dixon
SAM Collins, Chaney
MLB Ryans, Matthews
WILL Kendricks, Hill
CB Nnamdi, DRC, Boykin, Mathieu, Marsh
FS Byrd, Allen
SS Elam, Anderson
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:13 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:20 PM
Good in depth though. I don't agree with all of the stuff but we never will. I'd rather have Lovie as DC if he doesn't get a HC gig. Not sure Rah Morris would leave Washington unless it were for a DC gig,
Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:21 PM
Anyways. I like J Reed being a UF fan and that's probably the range. Skov won't last till the 4th, not even a shot lol and chase Thomas won't last till the 3rd, many have him top OLB (4-3) 2nd round for sure. Justin hunter will probably be the top 3 WR taken. Most likely gone end of round 1 not end of round 2. Meshak Williams is a stud, very underrated IMO.
I think if you redid your draft and not have it play out so perfectly into our hands cuz it won't ever work like that then this could be a good mock. I love the depth and connections you the fishing staff.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:05 PM
I like the addition of Kromer as the OC and I believe that's what'll happen as they have a Tampa connection. I think Bradley's gonna want an offensive scheme that focuses on balancing the offense, sustaining drives, focusing on the running backs, and keeps the QB (especially a young QB) from having to always put the team on his back and going out to win the games on his own. I think Kromer would bring that type of offense.
I think Shurmur may hold out for OC positions and could be a candidate here for it. If he doesn't get one, I'd love to see him back as the QB coach.
Ted Williams has done a good job the last few years but I don't know if he'll be back as RB coach. If he's not, I could see them promoting Duce to that position. If they don't, I think they could keep Duce as one of the Quality Control coaches and be a de facto Asst. RB coach.
I don't know what would happen with the TE coach. I'm not big on retaining anybody related to Mudd's scheme but if Chung wants something different and with Kromer being an OL coach, I'd imagine so, I'd be fine with that. I honestly liked Juan's philosophy of going with bigger more physical linemen. The smaller more athletic interior linemen didn't work for me. If the Eagles were able to get back to that, it wouldn't seem as though the linemen get pushed around.
Defensively, Monte Kiffin may have some options out there, I'm not sure which one he'd take. I'm sure if Gus or one of his guys gets a head coaching job, he may follow to help him out. The thing is I can't really see it as a long term solution. I'll address another candidate soon enough.
Joe Barry's a good choice as LB coaches because Tampa's had some good LBs over the years. He didn't do that well as a defensive coordinator.
If Monte Kiffin will be the defensive coordinator, he could possibly turn to Rod Marinelli as the DL coach. Even if Lovie Smith swallows his pride and accepts a DC job, Marinelli's a candidate to be his DL coach. Marinelli could also be an option at defensive coordinator. I can't really see Tommy Brasher staying around again.
I'd always been partial to the idea of just having 1 secondary coach but I'm open to the idea of splitting the responsibilities. There's no way the Redskins will allow the Eagles to talk to Raheem Morris.
For free agency, I think Byrd goes back to the Bills. They'd already started contract talks prior to the end of the regular season. We'll see what happens with Bushrod. I really wanna see the Eagles get a bigger DT, if Branch is a guy they like I'm for it.
Everything else I'll get back to later on.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:30 PM
Other than that it looks like you did a lot of research on the coaching staff and players so I applaud that.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:45 PM
Other than those, this is a really solid job. The coaching staff analysis and explanation is bar none the best I've seen from a mock offseason so far.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:04 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:06 PM
But other than that, interesting take!
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:11 PM
Burfict also crapped the bed at the combine. If mathieu has a good combine he could go 4th but most likely where you said. But I doubt higher then that. I don't want him, no need.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:13 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:17 PM
But other than that, interesting take!
To be honest I have a feeling Andy may look at him at #1.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:20 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:37 PM
Yeah but I think people knew he wasn't in the best shape and from what I remember of his scores they weren't bad for a guy out of shape. But teams may be more willing to take a flyers on the Honey Badger after seeing what Burfict did this year in Cincy.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:18 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:35 PM
Draft Denard Robinson? Skov is staying in school, Justin Hunter would be great, but I doubt he makes it out of th 1st.
Tyron doesn't understand the concept of man or zone coverage either.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:54 PM
60-40 run heavy? nah how about a balanced attack.
brasher isnt coming back he is too old. only came back to help andy
not sure if chung and kromers styles mesh together
kiffin is too old to coach
raheem isnt going to go for a lateral move
cant bring seahawks STs coach thats also a lateral move. seahawks can easily block that move unless his contract is up
DRC will not accept a 1 year deal.
if bushrod is any good saints will want to keep him
i dont want to trade down unless its to get tyler eifert and extra picks
a 5th and nate for a 4th is too taterish,
i like the chase thomas and justin hunter picks
no to hiney badger, he is too small
we should resign colt anderson
2014 3rd and 7th for a 4th hell no, we will want that 3rd in 2014
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:08 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:16 PM
avant should be strictly a 3rd down/4th down WR and shouldnt be in most RZ plays.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:47 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:49 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:15 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:45 PM
but yeah i agree i dont like the FA moves and getting those picks arent realistic, just very taterish
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:11 PM
but yeah i agree i dont like the FA moves and getting those picks arent realistic, just very taterish
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:13 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:37 AM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:42 AM
Free Agency: Love signing Bowe, Byrd, Flynn, Dorenbos and Scott
Trades: Why would anyone trade for Vick? Player trades just don't occur, especially with a 15MM contract in the air. Also, I don't like trading picks. As for the Nate Allen type player and draft day trades, would like to see some of these guys given another chance with a solid DC plan.
Draft: Only care about the first 3 picks, the rest is a crap shoot. If you can't sign a solid OT in FA, then draft LUKE.
Bottom line you did a great job laying out the big challenges.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:01 AM
god DANG !!! Wow - now THATS the kind of intensity we need around here. Andy needed to do this many times last season but never did.
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