With Michael Vick back in the fold, all safe and signed Monday to a one-year contract, Eagles fans can sit back, cross their fingers and hope that new coach Chip Kelly’s next personnel move creates as much hullabaloo as his first.
Perhaps Leon Sandcastle falls to the Birds with the No. 4 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Kidding aside, for all the concern about Vick’s age and mounting aches, he remains a remarkable talent whose skill set intrigues Kelly. Neophyte to pro circles notwithstanding, Kelly is entitled to his opinion and value assessment as it pertains to his team and the quarterback he wants to run it.
That kind of comes with the territory. Whether Eagles fans want it or not, that’s what the organization agreed to with bringing in him and his read-option mindset from the college ranks. Kelly will have his imprint over every aspect of the on-field product from this point on, and with his decision to bring back an injury-prone lightning rod to run the show, he made an unwavering statement.
He is not afraid of controversy, and that he doesn’t sweat what others think of him and what he chooses to do.
The Washington Redskins must give outside linebacker Brian Orakpo a new long-term deal. Securing the future of their premier pass-rusher should be an offseason priority for the cash-strapped Redskins.
According to washington.cbslocal.com, the Redskins will push to secure a new deal for Orakpo. It is the smartest move Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen can make, although it won't be easy.
The Redskins are still adapting in the market, thanks to last year's league-imposed salary cap penalty. They are $4 million over the cap this year, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton.
Yet that harsh fiscal reality shouldn't mask how much the Redskins need Orakpo. He is the prolific edge-rusher every 3-4 scheme needs. He has compiled 29.5 sacks in just over three seasons.
The New York Giants have severed ties with three members of their Super Bowl-winning team from over a year ago. The timing is right for a Big Blue makeover, after a limp title defense in 2012.
The Giants finished this NFL season at 9-7. However, unlike the 2011 campaign, the Giants surrendered the NFC East title to the Washington Redskins and missed the playoffs. It was a major disappointment after having secured their second Lombardi trophy in four years. The response to that disappointment has been swift and merciless.
Firs Big Blue cut outside linebacker Michael Boley. He recorded a game-high 10 tackles in Super Bowl 46 against the New England Patriots. However, the once ultra-athletic Boley appeared to lose a step or two this season.
The 2012 season was one to forget for the New York Giants.
The glory of winning the Super Bowl the previous season was quickly replaced by some mediocre play during the year. A strong defence of their title never really materialized.
On the face of it, finishing the campaign in second place in the NFC East, with the same 9-7 record that saw them win the division last year, wouldn't’t seem that bad. The Giants though require more. The baying New York sports fans and media need more.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin is nothing but meticulous in his approach. There was no immediate knee-jerk reaction to what was a weak season. Instead he and the front office have bided their time, and in the wake of the Super Bowl have made some notable waves.
Earlier this week they announced that linebacker Michael Boley would not be returning next year. He had been with the G-Men since 2009 and was an integral part of their championship winning defence. He started last season strongly having an interception in each of the first three games, but then his performances, much like the Giants, tailed off as the season went on.
The Cowboys are headed into the 2013 offseason with a lot to prove in the coming year. Though this is certainly nothing new for the entire franchise, times are getting tighter and the blame is becoming broader. Jason Garrett managed to avoid the axe after losing his second straight win-or-go-home season-ending game in a row. The blame was mostly shouldered by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was fired almost immediately after the season ended.
Since then, owner/general manager Jerry Jones has revamped the coaching staff by bringing in Monte Kiffin, who was defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 12 years (winning Super Bowl XXXVII). In addition to that hire Jones has also brought in former Tampa Bay assistants Rod Marinelli and Rich Bisaccia for defensive line coach and special teams coordinator, respectively. Furthermore, the Kiffin hire means that the Cowboys will be switching to the 4-3 defense after having run a 3-4 since the Bill Parcells era.
Here are the 5 pressing needs for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason:
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