Massive off-season for us, lot of big calls are going to have to be made. The new HC is obviously the big one, a bad staff & we could be down in the depths for the next decade, but good recruitment could shoot us back up to the top a'la San Fran with Harbaugh. Lots of good coaches out there looking for a shot, Chip Kelley (Oregon HC) has been getting a lot of coverage in relation to the job, runs a very Andy Reid-esque style of offence. I'm taking more of a wait & see approach to it all, but it would be refreshing for the Iggles to have a defensive minded HC.
QB is the other big issue. Vick will only be back if he's willing to take a massive paycut & even then it's going to depend on if the new coach still wants him. Nick Foles may be good down the track but right now I don't think he's ready to be a starting QB in the NFL. There should be plenty of options on the market, which helps us out. Pretty unimpressive FA group with only guys like Drew Stanton, Matt Moore, Jason Campbell & Tavaris Jackson (Oh please no...) being available, but you'd imagine that guys like Matt Hasselbeck, David Garrard & Alex Smith could also be available for a relatively small price.
We do need another good draft this year though, last year was great & it went a long way to filling the gaps, but another one would be fantastic. Far too many overpaid veterans in our line-up that just can't seem to get it going in Philly.
Very interested in seeing if Andy Reid continues to coach after 2012. I know that the media are pumping up San Diego as a likely destination for him, but I'm just not sure that he'll want to keep going with it. It's been a pretty traumatic couple of years for Big Red, especially with his son passing away just before the start of this season. Couldn't blame the guy if he wanted to walk away from the game & spend some more time with his family. I've thought about the possibility of him taking up some kind of front office position with the Eagles & as much as I love to see great footballing minds like that kept with the Eagles, I can see that the Eagles may be worried about undermining the authority of the new HC if Reid were to be kept around in some capacity.
Anyway, enough about Negladelphia. Anyone firming on their superbowl tips yet?
I'm going to go with Houston & Baltimore for the AFCCG with San Fran & Atlanta in the NFCCG. Really didn't want to pick Atlanta because I don't think that they're on the same level as the other teams noted, but no one else in the NFC is standing out, all too tight to call right now.
From that, I'm going to say Houston & San Francisco SuperBowl, with San Fran winning. Just because I don't think I could handle yet another team winning their first SB before Philly. Houston is a crazy good team though.