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Eagles Droppings 4/2

Eagles Droppings: News and Notes

By Lance Epstein

Cowboys' Linebacker Keith Brooking Says Dealing McNabb A Mistake:

On Friday, Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking said the Eagles would be making a mistake if the follow through on their plan of trading quarterback Donovan McNabb.

“You don’t know what you got until it’s gone,” Brooking said on a ESPN radio in Dallas. “It’s not like the Eagles have five or six rings or any championships. That guy’s been getting booed there since he was drafted.”

Brooking took it one step further, blaming Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and head coach Andy Reid for their predictable play calling, which was the main caused of the two embarrassing end of the season losses to Cowboys. He reiterated that the Cowboys knew the plays once they were called and that allowed them to completely dominate the Eagles from start to finish.

"The way we dominated them, obviously McNabb didn’t play his best, but they were very predictable," Brooking said. "We knew exactly what was coming on every play. A lot of that didn’t have to do with Donovan McNabb."

It is very interesting that an opposing player came out and said something along those lines. May be Brookings believes Kolb would be a better fit for the Eagles so by him saying that they will keep McNabb. However the most likely reason is that he is telling the truth.

For years, Eagle fans have said the team has been predictable. They said that without a real threat of the running game, teams can tee off on McNabb and not have to even respect the run. Of course throwing the ball 70 percent of the time will eventually lead to an old fashion butt-kicking especially against a division rival.

Most fans can almost hear it now from Reid 'I need to put my players in a better position to win'. It might not be the positioning, but the playbook is out of date.

Sheldon Brown Speaks On Moving On:

With cornerback Sheldon Brown being traded to the Cleveland Browns on Friday, the Eagles currently have only one player on the roster that was apart of Super Bowl XXXIX. Here is a hint on who it is "he might not be on the team by the NFL Draft." Yep that is right, it is no other than McNabb.

Back to Brown though, he finally got his wish from last offseason of being traded. Brown is expected to be the starting corner for the Browns.

In addition Brown, 31, finally got the cash that the Eagles refused to give him. The Browns reallocated some of the money he was due of the final three years of his contract into a upfront signing bonus. More importantly Brown is happy to be in Cleveland and get a new start.

"It's always good to be able to have a fresh start, but there will be some familiar faces with Chris (Gocong) coming in with me and (Browns general manager) Tom Heckert being there,'' Brown told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Tom drafted me and I know how he feels about me as a player and as a person.''

According to Brown he has known for weeks that he was going to be a Brown, so they have been communicating with each on the details of his new contract.

"We've been working on this for a few weeks," Brown said. "It will be great to put that behind me and focus on football.''

The most interesting quote from Brown is that he knew he was going to be traded for the last couple of weeks. That interesting tidbit makes you believe that since Reid and GM Howie Roseman knew of his eventual departure that they must have either another trade for a corner up their sleeves or have a guy that they covet in the draft at the corner position. Either way, whoever the player is, the team must be very high on him to take a gamble of trading a very solid corner in Brown.

Right now, there is one guarantee, which is the Eagles have a huge hole at the cornerback position. With 10 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, they should be able to get almost any player they target.

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