Remember when Andy Reid coached the Eagles? The fans in Philadelphia were almost guaranteed a 10 win season. They even expected playoff success. Sure, there wasn’t a Super Bowl win during Andy Reid’s reign, but there was a successful and confident stability within the organization. When Reid was told that his services were no longer needed, Eagles fans were elated with the hiring of then, Oregon Ducks head coach, Chip Kelly. Chip Kelly never delivered the high flying offense that was promised to Philadelphia but did finish 10-6 in his first two seasons. The third season is when turmoil grew within the organization under Kelly, and after going 6-9, the Eagles were done with Kelly.
The off-season found the Eagles dumping any remains of the Kelly era throughout the league. Ridding the Eagles of players that Kelly signed to the team. This was an impressive move by the Eagles in terms of cleaning up shop, but it also left them with one of the worse rosters in the NFL.
Now what’s left of the Philadelphia Eagles? Not much.
The Eagles made a head scratching move in trading up in this year’s draft to take North Dakota State quarterback, Carson Wentz. It was head scratching because for a team with so many holes in it they gave up a lot. They gave up three picks in this year’s draft including their first rounder, next year’s first rounder and 2018’s second round pick.
Let’s consider the potential drama that will unfold in Philadelphia.
Current quarterback Sam Bradford wants out of Philly and although he was just handsomely paid by the Eagles, he feels ‘insulted’ to some degree and wants out. Bradford got grossly over-paid at the tune of 2 years for $36 million – he is barely average and the Eagles paid him like a franchise guy. With that price tag many teams in the league are not interested so it should be an interesting stale-mate. The Eagles want Wentz to sit down for a year and then start the following season, but if this situation with Bradford doesn’t ease up, the Eagles will be throwing the rookie to the wolves.
Wentz might be a kid with potential, but the “right now” says he’s a FCS quarterback who played weak competition and has no idea what the speed of the NFL holds for him. Add to the fact that his best weapon is a second year receiver in Jordan Matthews; and that he will be guided by a rookie head coach in Doug Pederson (who by the way was the offensive coordinator for none other than Andy Reid).
The Eagles, if they’re lucky will win four games this season and they can’t even cash in on the one benefit of being terrible – cashing in with an early first round pick, because it was traded away. Sorry, Carson Wentz – you’re not getting any help, any time soon.
If the Eagles could do it all over again, Andy Reid would’ve stayed in Philly. All the Eagles did in the last three years is confuse a fan base, lose a culture and make themselves look foolish. They will once again be at the bottom of the NFC East looking up to the Redskins, Cowboys and even the Giants.
The Philadelphia fans are known to be the most rowdy and insane in the sports world, so it should be interesting to see what kind of revolution happens in the city of brotherly love when the Filadelfia Feebles take the field this year.