Marty Mornhinweg and his new offensive system is a major part of the equation. We have talked a lot about how the system is a “West Coast” system, but what we haven’t talked about is the influence of the tight end.
It’s a major influence. Consider these stats from Marty’s Eagles years (2006-2012):
-In 2006, TE LJ Smith had the second most catches on the team (50), for 611 yards and 5 TDs.
-In 2009, Brent Celek led the team with 76 receptions, and 8 TDs. He was second on the team with 971 receiving yards.
-In 2010, Celek posted 511 yards and 4 TDs receiving.
-In 2011, Celek was second in receptions with 62, 3rd in receiving yards with 811, and tied for the TD lead with 5.
-Celek was second on the team in receptions with 57 and receiving yards with 684 in 2012.
The tight end is a major part of the scheme that Marty Mornhinweg runs. Dustin Keller might just be the guy to fit right in with the scheme. Who knows? If Keller is healthy again, he might take that next step to elite tight end under Marty’s tutelage.
The case could be made to keep Dustin Keller, that he is worth the investment.
Where do I fall on this situation? I am honestly not sure. Keller will command a decent amount of money, which will make keeping him difficult. But, I don’t know if the answers, either in house or not, are quite as good as he is. That is, if he is healthy of course.