Tommy began following the Eagles during the days of Reggie White and Buddy Ryan and started writing about the team in 2003. He avidly followed the NFL Draft during that period as well having been trained by a former NFL scout in the art of player evaluation and scouting. He began the website ScoutsNotebook.com in 2005 and has written a weekly column for PhiladelphiaEagles.com since 2007. You can find Tommy's daily Eagles writing at IgglesBlog.com.
With Andy Reid fired and on his way to Kansas City, the Eagle focused their attention on hiring Oregon's Chip Kelly to be Reid's replacement. Kelly met with the Eagles on Saturday, but turned the team down. Where do the Eagles go from here?
Change is coming. Andy Reid will be let go as early as Monday. Owner Jeffrey Lurie then faces the challenge of finding a new coach. Here are some of the things he needs to consider as he goes through that process.
The discussion on Andy Reid's future has shifted from whether he'll return as Eagles coach to whether he will have any job in 2013. For a long time we've heard that Reid will have a job the day after he parts ways with the Eagles. Has that changed? Why would a team want him so badly after the 2012 mess of a season?
The Eagles thought that re-signing Evan Mathis last March was going to give them a top notch O-line. All five starters were coming back and expectations were high based on how they played down the stretch in 2011. Then Jason Peters got hurt and everything started to fall apart. Who's worth keeping? What must be done to fix this mess?
Andy Reid brought in a culture of stability and winning when he replaced Ray Rhodes in 1999. That has eroded over time (for a variety of reasons) and it is time for a new coach to come in and once again change things up.
Week after week, receivers run free through the Eagles secondary and catch touchdown passes with ease. How the heck is this possible with all of the talent that the Eagles put on the field? What exactly is going on? Confusion reigns supreme.
Since Jim Johnson had to step down as defensive coordinator, the Eagles defense has been highly erratic, to put it mildly. The team tried young/new guys to fill his shoes. That didn't work. In the upcoming offseason, the team must find a proven coach to come in and fix this defense.
The Eagles can't seem to find rock bottom. The 3-1 start gave way to a 5-game losing streak and now people are trying to figure out who is most at fault. Unfortunately, there isn't one person. This is a team failure.
Michael Vick looked like a superstar in 2010. Since then, his play has leveled off and the lowlights are catching up to the highlights. With big money due in 2013, this could very well be Vick's final season as Eagles QB. What does the team do if they move on from him?
There a lot of theories about why the Eagles are just 3-4 this year. For now let's set aside coaching and schemes and talk strictly about talent. Are the Eagles as talented as everyone thought back in the summer?