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Eagles more likely to take Manuel than Smith?

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08:04 AM ET 04.01 | Very near the top of the draft, Philadelphia will be watched closely as the April 25 event nears. There may be plenty of reasons the Eagles won't draft Geno Smith with the No. 4 overall pick. But Chip Kelly's belief that his offense can thrive without a franchise quarterback suggests that a team with many needs will pass on the West Virginia prospect. Perhaps Kelly views Smith as being worth the investment. ... But if Kelly doesn't -- Smith would have been at best the fourth-best quarterback prospect last year -- then he may see greater value later in the draft. In that case, E.J. Manuel or Matt Scott, two quarterbacks already linked to the Eagles, would make more sense.

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April 1, 2013  08:17 AM ET

That is the essence of the Chip Kelly experiment: to have a successful offense without a franchise quarterback in a quarterback-driven league. History has shown that it takes NFL defenses about a year to catch up with new wrinkles in offenses, like the wildcat in Miami, and ultimately success comes down to executing better than your opponent. It will be very interesting to watch the Eagles during the next couple of years.

April 1, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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It will be very comical to watch the Eagles during the next couple of years

Fixed.

April 1, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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Fixed.

HAHAHAHA!!!

April 1, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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Fixed.

Good one. But I think it will take the rest of the league a year to catch up to Kelly's offense, so they may surprise everyone this year. If this theory is correct, then defenses should start to catch up to Washington and Seattle this year.

April 1, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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If this theory is correct, then defenses should start to catch up to Washington and Seattle this year.

I think that's exactly what will happen.

It's better for "read-option" quarterbacks that way, before defensive ends and orthopedic surgeons catch up with them.

April 1, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Geno Smith is not a running QB...EJ Manuel is. Simple.

 
April 1, 2013  12:25 PM ET

I guess I don't understand the Vick angle

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