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Mailbag: Geno Smith, the Eagles new secondary, QB problems, and more

Eagles Q&A. Send your questions to or @BrandonLeeSBN on Twitter!


Welcome to the BGN Mailbag!

First, thanks for all your questions. Be sure to keep sending them in! Remember, there's 2 ways to enter a question:

  1. Email your question(s) to: BGNmailbag (at)
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I apologize for the delay on the answers to these questions. We can still be friends, right?

To the Q&A...

Brandon Lee:

@MrRohanSharma: You are a big supporter of the franchise QB theory. If Geno falls to us at 4 do we take him?

(Rohan is referring to my NFL theory post in which I talk about the importance of having a franchise QB.)

First, I'll say that I don't think Geno Smith falls to 4. I think it's very possible the Jaguars draft him at 2. The recent movement of veteran QBs (Kevin Kolb, Carson Palmer, Matt Flynn) has sparked a theory that teams believe the Jags are going to take Geno at 2.

But if he is on the board, and Chip Kelly is confident that Smith is "his guy", that is, his future franchise QB, then absolutely. The QB position is so vital. Plus, under the new CBA it's also less risky to take a QB so high. There's a whole lot less money committed to the top pick.

I do think the Eagles have legitimate interest in Geno, but I don't think he's going to be the pick at 4. I do expect the Eagles to add a QB at some point on draft weekend whether it's in a later round and/or an undrafted rookie.

Naguabo: Which of last year's two starters at safety do you see as the most "salvageable", that is, capable of being coached or used (or improving their play, or getting their head out of you know where) in a way that they could play at a solid level going forward, and why? Who do you expect will actually be starting in the secondary in 2013?

There's no way to put it lightly: the Eagles safeties were simply horrible last year. Nate Allen is easily the more salvageable option because he has more talent than Kurt Coleman. Kurt is a more of a try hard guy who lacks ideal size and athleticism. Based on how terribly they were playing last season though, I have my doubts if any of them are really salvageable at all.

Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher will likely be the starters at CB. I'm worried about Williams. He has a tendency to get torched (see: 6 TD allowed in 2012). I think Fletcher is better than some realize and will be a solid starter. If Kenny Phillips stays healthy he'll be a huge improvement at Safety. Patrick Chung is the other starter at S. It also wouldn't be surprising to see the Eagles add a safety somewhere in the earlier rounds of the NFL draft. The rookie could potentially compete for a starting job.

Naguabo: What do you think was behind the offense being unsuccessful last year - was it a failure of execution all around? Bad playcalling? A general breakdown? Or was the offensive line so shot that it gave nobody a chance of succeeding? Which part of those problems from last year do you see as carrying forward to this year?

The obvious answer is the lack of competent QB play. As we all know, having a good QB is really important and Michael Vick and Nick Foles just weren't performing at a high enough level. There were other factors that contributed to the lack of success such as bad play-calling, questionable coaching, poor offensive line, etc. It all boils down to having a good QB though and the Eagles didn't. That issue could easily carry over into the 2013 season.

PF-Flyers22: What's the better movie? Sandlot or Little Giants?

Sandlot. Forever. For-ev-er. For-ev-er. For-ev-er. For-ev-er

Jake: Does Dave Spadaro Have a bleedinggreennation account, and if so whats his name?

Well, Jake, that's a great question. For those of you who don't know, Dave Sparado works for the Eagles official website,, and does a great job there.

BGN regulars will try to convince you that this guy who's SB Nation account was named "PhiladelphiaEagles" was Dave Spadaro... but we never could confirm it. I've heard that some BGN members have asked Dave in person whether he has a BGN account and he said that he doesn't. But do we really know for sure? No, we don't. He could be out there...but probably not.


That's it for this edition.

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