Friday, July 29, 2011

Strange New World For the Eagles

The Eagles have waived goodbye to all their free-agents. How strange. I thought some were worth retaining (Middle Linebacker Stewart Bradley, running back Jerome Harrison, punter Sav Rocca), but history has shown, once the Eagles get rid of a player his days as a productive player are virtually over (witness Donovan McNabb, now a Viking for a mere sixth round pick, the Eagles thoroughly fleeced the Redskins on that one). As of now, it appears the Eagles will have rookie starters at right guard (First round pick Danny Watkins), middle linebacker (Casey Mathews), punter (Chas Henry), kicker (Alex Henery), and safety (Jaiquawn Jarrett).  Will the inexperience derail their Super Bowl hopes, or will youthful exuberance coupled with a simplified defensive scheme installed by new coordinator Juan Castillo finally lead them to the promised land? Of course, the Eagles hopes, as always, will rely on the potentially transcendent offense lead by Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy, who, if they remain healthy, should be more than up to the task. And what of new reclamation project Vince Young? The Eagles have certainly cornered the market on athletic quarterbacks.  It should be a very interesting training camp as we see these disparate pieces come tighter without the benefit of the usual off-season minicamps etc.

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