Let’s break down the needs for the Birds in the upcoming season. For the offensive side of the ball, this team comes in with a solid looking unit. The biggest concern here may simply be the backup quarterback position. Can Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley fill-in as a competent backup to quarterback Nick Foles if Michael Vick, as many speculate, moves on to greener pastures? Can the offensive line continue to dominate and stay healthy through the entire season much as they did this past season? And even with the depth at receiver and running back, there’s always room to upgrade if the right player comes along. However, given where the offense was a few weeks back, this side of the ball may not need much tweaking.
On the defensive side of the ball, the glaring weakness is a secondary without a lot of impact players. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans fortified the middle, with cornerback Cary Williams provided some much-needed attitude to the overall defense. Toss in Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin, and you had a solid unit – when they were all healthy. But something still lacked. When an injury occurred, well… Eagles safety Patrick Chung got burned repeatedly. As much as Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman implies that there won’t be a major off-season free agent splash again (see Dream Team fiasco 2011-2012), if a good corner comes along that can play in the system, why not? While I don’t see the Birds going after another top shelf cornerback, especially after the former Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie busts, there are a bunch of other solid free agent options that may just fit into Head Coach Chip Kelly’s plans.