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ihatephilly
03-23-2007, 04:53 AM
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Eagles GM Tom Heckert was on the Jody Mac show today(3/16) and had a lot of interesting things to say about the Eagles. He talked about the Safety position, Jeremy Bloom and the kick return situation for next season, Free Agency, Salary Cap, the Draft, and most importantly Chris Gocong.
The interview started off with Heckert saying that they feel good about the DE position as stands right now. He said they have a solid 4 guys at that position and that Chris Gocong could play there next season, I will get to Gocong at the end of this.


They also feel good about the Safety situation. They feel if they needed to , they could start Mikell if Consindine or Dawkins was to get injured. I hope they don't feel strong enough not to take a S with their first round pick.



He talked about the kick return situation for the Eagles and said, Jeremy Bloom and Bethel Johnson will be returning kicks next season, and if they had to, they would put Kevin Curtis back there cause he has experience returning kicks.



He went on to talk about the salary cap and free agency. He said they feel good about how they've done so far, but that they are still actively looking at free agents. When asked about cap space, Heckert said they would be able to move bonuses around to free up cap room if they had to, and that they would do that if a player comes along that they would like to make a deal with.



As for the draft Heckert said Compensatory drafts picks will be announced at next weeks NFL team meetings, and they are not expecting any picks for this season. Free agents signed this off-season will count in next years picks. As for the draft class, he said he felt that DE's, S's, and CB's were the strongest positions in the draft this year. That says a lot about which direction they are headed.



As for Chris Gocong. They are feeling very confident in him right now. He said he feels Gocong will play both the LB and DE position throughout the season. They feel he will be a strong LB this season, but if not he will play DE. He went on to say Gocong is up to 265, and has been working really hard since week 8 of last season. He's been hitting the weight room a lot and is prepared for this season.



So, I'm still not completely sold on Gocong, but I'm feeling a little more optimistic.

Any thoughts on what Heckert talked about?

bsaza2358
03-23-2007, 10:19 AM
Good post. Thanks for the recap. I have suggested before that Gocong probably isn't cut out to be a full time SAM LB. He is a good attacker of the ball, and he has speed and pass rush moves. Why not take advantage and have him rush the passer and give him more snaps? I think it is a very smart move for the Eagles. Gocong is a tweener, so using him in special packages to utilize his strengths is the best way to go.

eaglesalltheway
03-23-2007, 04:16 PM
I have been trying to convince you guys that Gocong will be a success at SAM, I know this doesn't prove it, but it does support what I have been trying to tell you.

Big Mike
03-23-2007, 04:18 PM
i dont think we need a DE but i guess me may use him for depth purpses

eaglesalltheway
03-23-2007, 04:28 PM
Ww would use him in passing situations as a DE, with our usual LB corp, except another LB would take away the vacant position and be the Nickel LB.

bsaza2358
03-23-2007, 04:30 PM
I would imagine that right now, our DE/LB rotation on a nickel package would be:

Cole, Howard, Patterson, Gocong

Gaither, McCoy

Lots of speed...

eaglesalltheway
03-23-2007, 04:47 PM
And a lot of very good possibilities for our DBs.

cunningham06
03-23-2007, 04:59 PM
I have been trying to convince you guys that Gocong will be a success at SAM, I know this doesn't prove it, but it does support what I have been trying to tell you.

No it doesn't, you said that he would be full-time SAM, I said I thought he was better off playing at DE, but that they would probably play him at joker.

eaglesalltheway
03-23-2007, 05:51 PM
It doesn't really matter. I was talking about how most of you guys wanted to say that he would not be able to play SAM at all.

ihatephilly
03-24-2007, 03:47 AM
Heckert specifically said in Nickel packages he could be used as LB. With ability to rush the QB or drop back into coverage on a blitz.

eaglesalltheway
03-24-2007, 09:57 AM
I think you mean DE, not LB.

ihatephilly
03-24-2007, 02:40 PM
I think you mean DE, not LB.

You are correct...I did mean DE.

eaglesalltheway
03-25-2007, 08:43 AM
Good, I was confused for a little bit.

Green Kool Aid
03-25-2007, 01:07 PM
A situational SLB who primarily rushes the passer is the same as a situational DE who primarily rushes the passer. It just means Gocong will play in the 3-point stance, or he'll be standing. He's a pass rusher, and that's what he should be used as. Whether he's full time or not depends on how good he is. The question regarding Gocong is still the same: can he drop back in coverage?

eaglesalltheway
03-25-2007, 01:28 PM
Let's hope he can, because I don't want Dhani in there for another year.

DowntownReggieBrown
03-26-2007, 09:39 AM
so Gocong is pretty much going to be Terrell Suggs?

bsaza2358
03-26-2007, 09:52 AM
Gocong is going to be a package player to start with, and they'll increase his responsibilities as the season goes on. He won't be an every down player right away. His role could be similar to Terrell Suggs' in his rookie year.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 02:13 PM
Gocong is going to be a package player to start with, and they'll increase his responsibilities as the season goes on. He won't be an every down player right away. His role could be similar to Terrell Suggs' in his rookie year.

I see that as a very likely possibility. We will slowly rely less and less on Dhani (YES) and more and more on Gocong. Maybe Gocong will be starting mid-way through the season, and he will prove to the doubters that he will be a success in our defense as a SAM.

bsaza2358
03-26-2007, 03:09 PM
It would be very nice for Gocong to allow us to phase out older players and rely on yet another draft pick. I'm not holding my breath, though. Gocong has proven nothing in the pros yet. He is flat unproven.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 05:09 PM
He is unproven, but I have heard nothing but good news from the FO since he came here in last year's draft.

bsaza2358
03-26-2007, 05:11 PM
I have heard nothing from the FO about Gocong, other than that he was being IR'd his rookie year. That was probably for the best, though. He wouldn't have played much, if at all. I expect CG to do well this season and to be an impact player.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 05:22 PM
I also think he will be a great impact player this year. As for hearing nothing, when he first arrived, our FO was enamored (Pretty sure they used that exact word) with the intelligence of both Gocong and Gaither. The FO liked the athleticism that Gocong posessed, along with his football intelligence and playing speed, even though he only played in practices. After he went on IR, little was heard of him. But in the recent months, I have seen many reports that he is working hard in the weight room, bulking up, studying tape, and impressing the coaches and FO. It still remains to be seen if that all will translate into the game, but my gut has been telling me that this guy will do something special for the Eagles.

bsaza2358
03-26-2007, 05:23 PM
If you could post some links to these reports, that would be really good for the Eagles forum.

bsaza2358
03-26-2007, 05:25 PM
You seem to contradict yourself. You say he won't be an impact player, but you also say your gut is telling you that Gocong will do something special. I think we both expect the same thing: solid overall play and some big plays from the SAM LB spot. Gocong is that player who will deliver.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 05:26 PM
The only one that has come out recently is the one that was about Heckert and how Gocong will play both DE and SAM, but the others are a few months old, and I doubt I would be able to find them, I will give it a try though. I remember reading one in the beginning of January about Gocong, but I doubt that is still up and I could find it. I will see if I can find it.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 05:27 PM
You seem to contradict yourself. You say he won't be an impact player, but you also say your gut is telling you that Gocong will do something special. I think we both expect the same thing: solid overall play and some big plays from the SAM LB spot. Gocong is that player who will deliver.

The first sentence in that post says I ALSO think he will be an impact player.

bsaza2358
03-26-2007, 05:30 PM
Eh, whatever. We agree. Gocong will help the defense in a variety of ways in 2007. Of course, it is dependent upon other draft picks and his health.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 05:32 PM
I do agree, I really hope he is able to do what we are thinking he is capable of.

cunningham06
03-26-2007, 08:03 PM
With Takeo in the mix that will give us a lot of freedom to use Gocong in a variety of ways. Having that freedom will really make our defense diverse and effective.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 08:14 PM
With Takeo in the mix that will give us a lot of freedom to use Gocong in a variety of ways. Having that freedom will really make our defense diverse and effective.

I can't wait. Depending on how this off-season works out, we may have a solid group of LBs for the first time in a long time. I still think we will draft a LB early though, becuase Spikes is over 30, and isn't getting any younger. Our defense could be very diverse a deceptive next year witht this acqisition and the development of the rest of out LBs. Spikes could play either of the OLB spots for us, so just wait to see what we can do.

cunningham06
03-26-2007, 08:17 PM
I feel very comfortable about our LB's this year. Gaither really looked good last year, Trotter had a down year but I think he will be effective again assuming he doesn't get bombarded with blockers now that Darwin Walker won't be starting, plus Gaither and Spikes will take some of the pressure off of him by getting the sidelines and letting Trott do what he does best, anchoring the middle. Our defense has a lot of potential next season.

eaglesalltheway
03-26-2007, 08:19 PM
Yes it does, I can finally see a successful defense and offense at the same time. The Eagles have the potential to have a top 5 offense and defense next year.

bsaza2358
03-28-2007, 07:57 AM
I feel very comfortable about our LB's this year. Gaither really looked good last year, Trotter had a down year but I think he will be effective again assuming he doesn't get bombarded with blockers now that Darwin Walker won't be starting, plus Gaither and Spikes will take some of the pressure off of him by getting the sidelines and letting Trott do what he does best, anchoring the middle. Our defense has a lot of potential next season.

Trott will have to man the middle and be a force there because his knees won't let him run sideline to sideline anymore. He has 1, maybe 2 productive years left. 2007 is almost definitely his last year as an Eagle. I will miss him as a leader and a playmaker, but he simply cannot do what he used to anymore. He is a 2-down player and cannot play in sub-packages. Adding Spikes takes pressure off Trotter in the Nickel and Dime packages, and it also allows him to stay put, which is what Cunningham already said.

Gocong will be like a mini Weapon-X. I have a good feeling about him.

eaglesalltheway
03-29-2007, 06:24 AM
We will have so much versatility with our defense, and with the acqisition of Spikes, I am loving it. I can't wait to see what Gocong can do as well.