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Marcus Mariota might be Chip Kellys answer at QB

Marcus Mariota might be Chip Kellys answer at QB
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Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback dilemma http://www.officialeaglesnflauthentic.com/jaylen-watkins-jersey_c-388.html will resolve itself. Maybe Nick Foles will return in time for the playoffs and, playing behind the reunited offensive line, look like the guy who lit up the NFL last season. Maybe Mark Sanchez gets hot, minimizes the turnovers and takes the Eagles on a deep playoff run. But if neither of those things happens, the Eagles will go into the offseason with a very large question mark at quarterback. With coach Chip Kelly entering his third season, that question is going to need a definitive answer. You can bide your time for a little while in the NFL, but at some point, you need a clear direction at the sport’s most important position. “Usually, there’s a correlation” between team success and quarterback play, Kelly said this week. “Very rarely is there a team in this game, in the game of football, very successful if they don't have a good quarterback and that goes right back to high school.” Kelly has seemed content to work with the talent at hand, catering his offense to get the most out of Foles, Sanchez or Michael Vick. But the suspicion lingers that he is going to have to identify a franchise quarterback in order to get this team to the elite level. As it happens, there will be some interesting Lions Matthew Stafford Authentic Jersey options after this season. Marcus Mariota, the quarterback Kelly recruited to Oregon a few years back, is likely to win the Heisman Trophy and be one of the first three players taken in the 2015 NFL draft. Can the Eagles do what it takes to move up and get Mariota? The picture at the top of the draft is not clear. With a couple of wins, the Oakland Raiders have slid from the likely No. 1 spot into a cluster of two-win teams. One of them is likely to hold the top pick. Of those teams, a few are already committed to a young quarterback. That group includes Oakland (Derek Carr) and Jacksonville (Blake Bortles). Tennessee (Zach Mettenberger) is less clear. The New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very likely to take quarterbacks. And then there is the 3-10 team in Washington. Having invested heavily at the position in recent years, Washington nevertheless finds itself awkwardly at odds with Robert Griffin III. So if the Eagles aren’t able to swing a deal to draft Mariota, maybe they could work out a less pricy trade for the 24-year-old Griffin. Washington gave up three first-round draft picks plus a second-rounder to move up just four spots to get Griffin in 2012. The Eagles would be trying to move up 20 to 28 spots to get Mariota. At the same time, the risk/reward on such deals has been recalibrated in the wake of Griffin’s decline in Washington and Sam Bradford’s injuries in St. Louis. Bradford was the first pick in the 2010 draft. Those cautionary tales might make fewer teams willing to offer a stack of draft picks for the chance to draft an elite quarterback. But should the Eagles consider such a deal? The best argument for pulling out the stops is the Eagles’ own draft history. The Eagles held the 22nd pick in the 2014 draft. They traded it to Cleveland, which took quarterback Johnny Manziel with it. The Eagles moved down to No. 26 and drafted Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith. Their reasoning was that Smith was an edge defender, and edge defenders are at a premium. They have since moved Smith to inside linebacker and he has barely played, even on special teams. A quarterback like Mariota would likely have the Eagles drafting late in the first round for quite some time. If they’re going to get players like Smith or 2011 first-rounder Danny Watkins, there really isn’t much risk in trading a couple of those picks. Maybe Griffin or Mariota would not, for http://www.officialcoltsnflstore.com/matt-overton-jersey_c-383.html some reason, fit Kelly’s vision for the Eagles’ quarterback position. Florida State’s Jameis Winston will be in this draft. So will UCLA’s Brett Hundley. The point isn’t to tell Kelly which quarterback would be the best fit for his offense. That’s up to Kelly. The point is that this may very well be the offseason he has to make a play for his quarterback. Foles or Sanchez could make that decision easy for Kelly. The next month will tell the tale.

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