Philadelphia Eagles Must Pursue Peyton Manning

By Frank Benditt III

The Philadelphia Eagles are in no different a position as most of the teams in the NFL.  That position is to go after one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, Peyton Manning.  Believe it or not, acquiring Manning is an attainable proposition.

Around the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles are viewed as a top-notch organization.  The owner, Jeffery Lurie, has stated publicly that the only real goal left for the Eagles is to win a Super Bowl.  Mr. Lurie, the best chance of doing just that is right in front of you.

Put Michael Vick aside for a moment and look just how appealing landing in Philadelphia is to Peyton Manning.  Entering the last year of his contract, head coach Andy Reid is still the most tenured coach in the NFL.  Reid is well respected and offers a system that is one of the most quarterback friendly in the NFL.  The organization, Andy Reid and the fans all know that the 2012 season is pivotal.

Peyton Manning could be reunited with his long time offensive line coach, Howard Mudd.  That would bring Manning a sense of comfort.  Additionally, the Eagles possess one of the best left tackles in the game, Jason Peters.  Manning would know that his blindside would be effectively protected and the protection schemes the Eagles would employ.

The Eagles have the deep threat in wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the dynamic complimentary receiver, Jeremy Maclin and the go-to possession tight end, Brent Celek.  Bring in free agent, Plaxico Burress, and the Eagles would have a corp of receivers that would flourish with the abilities of Peyton Manning.

The Eagles feature a ground game with one of the NFLs most versatile running backs, LeSean McCoy.  Manning needs the type of half back McCoy is, ie, Edgerinn James and Jospeh Addai.   A back that can run the stretch draw and be available as a safety outlet.

The Eagles defense is young and on the rise.  In fact, the Eagles defense is patterned after the Colts:  on the small side but extremely fast.  With another year under defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, the defense should create more turnovers.

Michael Vick is expendable.  With the lack of pro-bowl calibre quarterback in the NFL, there would be several, if not many, that would take on Michael Vicks contract.  In return, the Eagles could get a somewhat decent draft pick.  A draft pick that could help alleviate some of the defensive holes.

The Eagles offense was explosive last year.  If Michael Vick was not the ‘human turn-over machine’, the Eagles would have made the playoffs.  Manning would drastically reduce the turnovers, score more points and place the Birds immediately in title contention.  All of this makes too much sense for the Eagles not to be a front runner in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.



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