March 16, 2010

This isn't turning into the party hangout I'd hoped.

Darren Sproles, Julius Peppers/Ray Edwards, Antoine Bethea/O.J. Atogwe. Moving one of our three talented quarterbacks for a high draft pick.

Mike Bell, Darryl Tapp, Marlin Jackson. The increasing likelihood that all three quarterbacks will remain on the roster.

Pardon me if I'm not that excited for the 2010 NFL season.

I've already listed what I thought the Philadelphia Eagles should do this offseason. And, of course, none of it happened.

To be fair, they did address what I considered to be three areas of need: running back, defensive line and safety. There will be new, warm bodies in Lehigh in late July at each position, and they're all (relatively) talented.

Bell is a bruising runner, Jackson was a first-round draft pick in 2005 and Tapp had seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 2007.

But...

Bell eked out an unimpressive 3.8 yards a carry in 2009, Jackson has torn his ACL two years in a row, and Tapp had only 2.5 sacks last year, not to mention the fact that I'd never heard his name before today.

As depth additions, they'd all be fine. They'd fit perfectly as backups or second-and-third options on a team looking merely to plug holes.

But for a team that that was beaten by a cumulative score of 58-14 in the last two games of 2009, for a team that needed significant upgrades, these three are not enough.

If the Eagles do not add several other impact veterans before the start of the season, they have no chance of making the Super Bowl, let alone winning it. And if, despite what would then be a glaringly obvious inability to win a championship, they keep an essentially lame-duck Donovan McNabb for a final season wrought with questions and controversy, they'd turn the team into a media circus that would be destroyed on a weekly basis by fans and media alike.

It would be a disaster. If they don't make a big move, and fast, the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles season will have all the makings of a train wreck, and we, the fans, can only sit and watch it happen.

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