With the 2012 debacle behind us and with Andy Reid out of the nest, it’s not too early to start predicting who else will be told to fly the coop.
Let’s start by looking at the Eagles specialists.
NOT GOING ANYWHERE:
Kicker Alex Henery:
The second-year kicker made 27 of 31 kicks (87.1) percent and even though fans might remember him for the terrible shank he had in Week 17 against the Giants, the Eagles brass will instead focus on his consistency over the course of two years and the fact that good kickers are hard to find.
Special Teams Beast/Safety Colt Anderson:
Anderson raised some eyebrows as a safety at the end of the season but plenty of fans already knew his name for his tough nosed play on kick and punt coverage. Expect him to be back on coverage next season even if he spends more time playing defense than special teams.
BRING HIM BACK:
Longsnapper Jon Dorenbos:
He has never missed a game since joining the Birds in 2007, seemingly has never had a bad hike of the ball and even made a Pro Bowl in 2009. So, how could he possibly not be back, right?
Well, Dorenbos is an unrestricted free agent and could see plenty of interest from other teams. But, the Eagles need to bring him back because the only time you ever think about him is when you see his magic act off the field because there are no surprises with him on the field.
SEE YOU LATER:
Punter Mat McBriar:
The Eagles booted Chas Henry after an underwhelming rookie campaign and only a handful of games in this season in favor of two-time Pro Bowler McBriar. The choice appeared to be the wrong one as the ex-Cowboy posted an NFL-worst 36.5 net and 14.5 percent touch-back rate. He also was dead last in the NFL with only 13 punts inside the 20.
There is no conceivable way the Eagles can make sense of bringing back McBriar.