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Santa Reid and Eagles Rebuilding?


Santa Reid Brought No Free Agent Presents...Only Rebuilding

By Lance Epstein

It was 12:01 a.m. on Friday March 5, and every Eagles fan was wide-awake and glued to their computer; like a little kid on Christmas morning getting his long awaited new Nintendo Wii.

Fans welcomed the off-season with excitement as their hopes and aspirations for the Eagles to deliver a nice big present such as Julius Peppers, Antrel Rolle and/or Karlos Dansby.

Nevertheless fans must have been put on the naughty list because Santa Andy Reid brought them a lump of coal. The Eagles roster looks awfully familiar to the team that left Jerry world with their tails between their legs.

The stocking stuffer addition of defensive back Marlin Jackson on Wednesday helps the free safety position, which was desperate for any kind of assistance it could get. However, how much better does a player coming off of two ACL tears in two consecutive years help?

When healthy Jackson has been successful but the key word in the phrase is “when healthy”. Fans want to know how many more times do they have to count on the gift of the unknown. Last year, Stacy Andrews was supposed to be the prize free agent signing, but things did not go as planned.

Santa Reid and his elves Joe Banner and former GM Tom Heckert assured all the fans of Eaglesville that Andrews’ surgically repaired knee would be fine by the start of the 2009 season.

In spite of this tale, the gift that kept on giving caused the Eagles line to be in shambles at the end of the season. No guard, no center and domination by Ebenezer Scrooge and his Cowboys feared defensive line.

The NFL’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day already passed the Eagles bye. The hated in-law, New York Giants, received a slightly used but shiny new safety in Antrel Rolle.

The next-door neighbor, Chicago Bears, got what was supposed to be your Nintendo Wii in Julius Peppers. Finally, fellow NFC classmate, the Atlanta Falcons got what they truly desire in a nicely wrapped present in cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Do not worry, no need to fear Santa Reid will say, the draft is only a handful days away. The NFL draft might have the best collection of talent over the last 20 years, but asking rookies to step in right away and make a difference from the get go is can bring fears.

Sometimes the new toy brought by the draft turns out to bust, break and then your stuck with nothing. An example of this tale is former Eagles first round pick Jerome McDougle.

McDougle the highly athletic and overbearing defensive end out of the University of Miami Hurricanes. At the NFL combine, McDougle’s draft stock rose and he found himself on Santa Reid’s good list.

Santa delivered by trading up 15 spots for McDougle. Unfortunately for Santa, he did not check his list twice and he was wrong about McDougle being nice.

He registered only three sacks his entire career. Even worse, the once highly touted player became only a situational player for most of his 37 game career.

Let us not forget some of the not so joyful Christmas carol’s of Matt McCoy, Bryan Smith, Barry Gardner, Quinton Carver and Tony Hunt. Of course the man himself who could not deliver on Sunday’s like the regular post office, Fredex Freddie Mitchell.

All that said and through the dreadful gifts, the draft has recently worked well for Santa Reid and his elves. Desean Jackson the former second round pick allowed all the Eagles fans in Eaglesville to have a reason to sing.

The very next year in 2009, another wideout Jeremy Maclin sent the draft room dancing. In the same draft, the electric and young Lesean “Shady” McCoy was drafted to replace the worn out playmaking toy in Brian Westbrook.

A trip back further down memory lane will illustrate tons of draft success. Broderick Bunkley, Stewart Bradley, Donovan McNabb and Trent Cole making a solid core, but the Eagles need so much more. Having glaring holes at left defensive end, strong-side linebacker, and along the offensive line are only parts of the dilemma.

Depth is needed behind Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel in the secondary. And still questions remain about the free safety position because Jackson has torn his ACL twice.

For a team that was dismantled twice in a row by their hated foe, the draft might not have been the only way to go. Unless of course, Santa Reid and his elves are rebuilding for the future, which explains why McNabb has been the man mentioned in every trade rumor.

Maybe the Eagles finally see their 11-year-old present not being as glamorous as once before. McNabb has accuracy problems, which come and go throughout the course of the game. Just like the story Frosty the Snowman, who comes and goes as the seasons change.

Or maybe Santa Reid and Jeffrey Lurie Rudolph, guiding the Eagles sled with his bright green nose, knows McNabb’s ability still shines as bright as Christmas lights in the dark night. Perhaps, McNabb will be exchanged for a better gift of a first round pick.

Meanwhile Reid and his workers deny reports of McNabb being exchanged. Proclaiming to the people of Eaglesville he will be back here another season.

On the other hand, their actions are louder than words. The Eagles franchise showed a glimpse of steering the sled in the direction of younger quarterback Kevin Kolb. By not being aggressive in free agency and improving upon an already good team, fans have begun to question the scheme.

On top of that fans frustration has grown over the years with the Abominable Quarterback, whom they claim chokes in the biggest games. They yearn for the new glistening Kolb, in hopes for him to be the miracle on Broad Street. While they think this is the right move, they do not fully comprehend there will be growing pains and the occasional bad moods.

Ultimately, the present fans fancy is the elusive Lombardi trophy to be in Santa Reid’s midnight green trimmed with silver and white sled.

To fill all the holes and assemble this team into a legitimate Super Bowl contender in one off-season is too big a task. Most fans currently portray Santa Reid as the Grinch who stole Christmas this 2010 off-season, but rebuilding for the future might be what is best.

2 comments:

  1. No substance in this article just a lame attempt at cuteness.

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  2. Free agency is like Xmas in Philadelphia. The article was to show the lack of movement and that Reid hasn't been wrong.

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