The most obvious lesson we learned so far is that we share the same issue that most every other team has, and that is if your starting QB goes down, you have little chance of getting anywhere. Sure, the Iggles won with their backup Fick Noles, but that is the outlier. The only situation that bears a similar resemblance was in 2012 when we had Young Sir Alex backing up Colin Kaepernick. Even with that, the Eagles are now struggling with their starter, Carson Wentz, so make of that what you will. But last year the Packers lost Rodgers, and missed the playoffs. Any number of teams would suffer the same fate.
We also found out that Matt Brieda is a pretty damn good player, as long as he keeps his ankles from snapping. We got a solid TE in George Kittle, who seems to have overcome his dropsies, and has shown power and speed in his route running and catching. That being said, Kittle may be the only piece of that first Lynch draft that has a meaningful career as Reuben Foster has dumbed himself off the team, Salomon Thomas has become a part-time option, Joe Williams is already gone, Ahkello Witherspoon is a work in progress, and the rest are hangers-on.
As great as that first draft was on paper, it has turned into a disaster with Foster’s release yesterday. This year’s draft, with McGlinchey and Warner leading the way, looks good. Pettis showed some flashes yesterday of why he was traded up for, but he needs a better O line to let him become an option, but he certainly doesn’t solve our need for a true #1 wide receiver. M Harris has played a little coming off the IR, and Rick James has done fine as a KR/PR, but again a lot depends on how the injury picks come out of their season off.
Speaking of which, T. Moore and K. Street are red-shirt freshmen, so we still have a chance they are impact players. Sorta like extra picks, but we have only 6 picks this next year, and we’d better hit at least 4 of them.
FB Juzchyzpiuy was a good pickup as a FA signing, but Garcon has been a bust. Sherman has been top-notch, irregardless of his getting burnt yesterday. But all that does is focus the opposing offense on Ahkello. He either needs more help, or more work to get better. Richberg has been fair to middling, but better than Kilgore I suppose. Malcolm Smith has been less than nothing.
So, yeah, we suck. We have little depth, and we need a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo to even be close to competing. The new front office has been fairly decent, but nothing more, in their drafting and free agent signings. This next draft is crucial to the team’s improvement. Tighten up the line play on both sides of the ball, and get some playmakers.