Been seeing everyone having fun posting mock offseasons, and since it's my goal to not do REAL work until my boss comes back tomorrow, thought I should try to squeeze this mock offseason out before I'm swamped
The key to my Mock offseason is to show that we're a talented team, but lacked the proper coaching. Most of our positions have talent (excluding QB and OLB), but haven't been coached properly.
Front Office/Coaching changes
GM: Floyd Reese (current VP of personel w/NE)
Why: He has an amazing track record of picking great talent on both sides of the ball. Also, with ties to SF and full control over football operations, Reese can't wait to tear apart the NFC West
HC: Marty Mornhinweg (current OC of the Eagles)
Why: Although had a rough stint as a HC in Detroit, let's face it, IT'S DETROIT!!! Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh, and Bill Belichick combined wouldn't be able to produce a winning season there, and also he has had time to learn from his mistakes.
He also brings a strong WCO mindset and will make an offense fitting to the strengths of our skill players (i.e. VD, Gore, Crabtree, Morgan). He brings in his own offensive staff, which may include promoting QB coach James Urban to OC.
Gruden will not come b/c there's no established QB, Harbaugh looks like he wants one more year at Stanford, Billick has been out of the game too long, and we need an offensive minded coach
DC: Rob Ryan (current DC for Cleveland Browns)
Why: With the eventual departure of Mangini, Holmgren will either step in as HC or hire Gruden to coach. Either way, neither will retain Ryan and with the money Reese offers Ryan, he heads back to the Bay Area that has constantly shown to love this guy's stout defenses. Since Ryan has coached every type of defense, I think he'll move us into a 4-3 system due to our talent, but could play us at 3-4 if needed.
- David Baas: With him at center, our interior line will weigh over 1000lbs, that and he showed better poise at Center than he did at LG. Will probably sign cheaper for 3 year deal.
- Manny Lawson: Granted it was a contract year, he excelled and has shown to be capable of playing either 3-4 or 4-3 OLB, which will be important. (4-years)
- Ray McDonald: Very versatile player, will not command large contract. (3-years)
-Takeo Spikes: Still shows he can play, not a lot of faith in either of the backups. (2-years)
-Delanie Walker: Extension. Has been a constant threat to catch and scorch LBers, improved blocking as well. Too talented to let slip away. (4-years)
-Nate Clements: Restructure deal. Although has had down numbers, still best option available. Would also like to see how Ryan can use him. (3-years, higher bonus to lower overall cap hit)
-Troy Smith: Cheap back-up (1-year).
The rest would be let go (i.e. Alex Smith, Goldson, Evans, Franklin, Sims, Morris, etc.)
- Trade 2011 2nd rounder and 2012 3rd rounder to Eagles for Kevin Kolb: Yes, I know this has been overplayed, but with Marty Mornhinweg as our HC and possibly Urban as our OC, Kolb doesn't have a wierd transition into the offense. Also, McNabb will end up in Arizona, Orton will be in Seattle/Miami, and no chance of snagging Luck or Mallett, so trading for a solid QB with good numbers and still in the same system.
The trade not only gives Eagles return on 2nd round investment, but gives them a future 3rd rounder to invest in future needs. Also, with emergence of Vick, no need to have two high QB salaries.
Free Agents (realistic b/c SF not as appealing situation as previous years, so no top free agent signings)
- Chris Carr, CB: Not a lockdown corner, but is fast and fits into Ryan's coaching style.
- Robaire Smith, DT: Knows Ryan's scheme and has shown to be a force inside.
- Tony Ugoh, OT: Depth with loss of Sims, also young.
- Steve Breaston, WR: Will fight for #3 with Ted Ginn. Fast, strong possession receiver, and will fit into Mornhinweg's system. Also weakens Arizona's depth.
Will be picking around 9-11 due to 6-10 finish
Round 1: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Why: Due to so many teams drafting for QB need and CB need, the top overall D-Line player falls to us. Can play either 3-4 or 4-3 DE, similar mold to Justin Smith and seems to have a higher ceiling than any other DL (including Fairley and Bowers). Reese gets another steal
Round 2: Traded for Kolb
Round 3: LeMichael James, RB, Oregon
Why: Probably hardest pick with possibly either Dowling/Carmichael and WR steals in Young/Pettis/Broyles, but the best scat back available opens the offensive playbook. Imagine shotgun sets with Gore and James in the backfield, talk about SCARY!!!
Round 4: Stanley Havili, FB, USC
Why: The F-back plays an important role in Mornhinweg's WCO style and Havili provides that versatility. Also, Morris is getting old and can't rely on alligator arms to pose any threat to the defense.
Round 5: Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State (thanks Frisco69er)
Why: Great depth at S, immediate special teams player, can become a possible FS if the Reggie Smith era fails.
Round 6/7: BPA, Reese has been known to find late round steals here and there
QB- Kolb, Smith, UDFA
RB- Gore, James, Dixon
FB- Havili, Bynham
TE- VD, Walker, Bynham
WR- Morgan, Crabtree, Breaston, Ginn, Ziegeler
LT- Staley, Ugoh
LG- Iupati, Snyder
C- Baas, Heitmann
RG- Rachal, Heitmann, Snyder
RT- Davis, Ugoh
RDE- J. Smith, Haralson
DT- Sopoaga, McDonald
DT- R. Smith, RJF
LDE- Clayborn, Brooks
RCB- Clements, Carr
LCB- Spencer, Brown, Adams
FS- Smith, Johnson
SS- Mays, Taylor
With this offseason, fixed glaring needs of coaching, QB, and offensive dominance. Even with McNabb going to Arizona, Seattle getting used to Carroll, and the Rams getting post-season experience, our defense has been working together for years and our offense finally has a competent QB and coaching staff to make adjustments during season.
I know we didn't snag a top tier FA or a superstar WR, but with a better scheme and a real QB to get them the ball, our receiving core will be disgustingly good... not to mention multiple RB threats in Gore, James and Dixon, can you say "Top 10 in NFL on 3rd down conversion"
Have at it, will have a new draft once GM and HC is decided