Jeff Lurie is now officially the second most hated and despised individual in the eyes of Philadelphia Eagles sports fan. The first most reviled figure is, of course, head coach Andy Reid, the overweight Mormon poster boy for how not to parent your children.
As of March 1st, both Lurie and Reid have managed to decimate the team that was that close to making a Super Bowl appearance. They offered hometown favorite Brian Dawkins a measly two year $5,000,000 contract. Dawkins, one of the team’s most beloved and visible figures both on and off the field, accepted a five year deal with the Denver Broncos that is literally three times the amount offered by the Birds’ management. After 13 seasons with the Eagles and numerous Pro Bowl trips, the 35 year old Dawkins wasn’t good enough for the Eagles, by whom he was drafted as a rookie, yet the Broncos had the foresight to snatch him up during the free agency period. Good for Denver; they’re getting a guy who will lay his life on the line for his new team, and who still has at least five good years left in him.
Also gone from the Eagles roster – Jon Runyan, Tra Thomas, L.J. Smith, Sean Considine, Correll Buckhalter, Lito Sheppard.
No wonder McNabb was overheard by Jemele Hill and others at this year’s Pro Bowl telling anyone who would listen that he wants out of Philadelphia. McNabb had a sit down with team management two weeks ago regarding his benching during the Ravens’ game and to formally ask that the Eagles give him at least one decent receiver. To date, for that position the Birds have drafted … no one.
Reid managed to waddle into a press conference to announce the signing of Stacey Andrews, older brother of current Eagle Shawn Andrews. You remember Shawn Andrews, right? He was the guy who never made it to camp and missed the first several pre season AND regular season games due to ‘depression’. I’m not knocking anyone who is cursed with depression. I am knocking the idiots who signed another defensive player who just happens to be that individual’s older brother, when the Eagles’ offensive line is virtually nonexistent.
I’ll say what nearly every Philadelphia Eagles fan has thought over the past few years: I wish we could get rid of Jeffrey Lurie as the team’s owner. Lurie has done nothing to endear himself to the fans. Notoriously cheap and tightfisted. Notoriously elitist in a blue-collar town whose largest fan base stems from South Philly. He’s done nothing to endear himself to the community at large, and thus has zip, zero loyalty from the fans themselves. The best thing that could happen to the Philadelphia Eagles would be for Jeffrey Lurie to go away.
That having been said, if we can’t dump Lurie, then why not push for a much-needed change at the head coach position. That sack of blubber going by the name of Andy Reid has made some horrible, mind-boggling coaching and drafting decisions. The first one that comes immediately to mind was the drafting of Kevin Kolb at the quarterback position – with their first round pick – during last year’s draft. The chances that Kolb had to step in and make his presence known on the field were really, really bad. The kid just can’t play quarterback – maybe in five years, given the right circumstances, but for now, Kolb is sucking up an awful lot of cap space for a job he can’t cut. What was Reid thinking? That McNabb would be thrilled to have his (obvious) replacement selected as the Birds’ first draft pick? That it was okay to draft Kolb without having informed McNabb that this was the plan?
Right now, the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t in a “state of flux”. They’re a disaster. Poor judgment in drafting and putting the franchise tag on the right players for the team – combined with an owner who is seemingly oblivious to the fact that his imminent demise would be greeted wildly with applause by fans – have combined to put the team on really shaky footing – and it’s just the off season.
Now wonder McNabb and family have packed their bags, left the Philadelphia area, and are settled in at their Arizona home for the remainder of the offseason. I’d run for cover, too.
Tick, tock, Reid and Lurie. Your time is up. You just can’t deal with the fact.