Andy Reid Shocks Philadelphia Eagles Fans and Makes All the Right Moves
It may have taken a few years, but Andy Reid has finally come around.
The head skipper for the Philadelphia Eagles, who also holds the team's general manager responsibilities, has been infamous to Eagles fans for trying to outsmart the general public.
Sure, the Eagles have been consistently competitive during Reid's tenure, but in Philadelphia it's all about winning the Super Bowl.
Every year, Reid goes against the grain in the NFL Draft and makes the risky picks like Freddy Mitchell and Kevin Kolb, when the more obvious, future All-Pros are still on the board. Every year, Eagles fans cry for a stud wide receiver, but Reid insists that the Patriots won Super Bowls without great wide receivers, so the Eagles can do it as well.
He forgets the part about how Donovan McNabb is not Tom Brady.
Finally, when McNabb's reign in Philly is winding down, Reid made all of the right picks in the 2009 NFL Draft. In the first round, Missouri wideout Jeremy Maclin, who was projected to go in the top 10, slipped to the Eagles at No. 19, and Reid took advantage.
Now, the Eagles have two electric receivers with Maclin and DeSean Jackson, along with Kevin Curtis.
Given that the needs at wide receiver were solved in the draft, the remaining needs were at running back and tight end. In the second round, Pitt running back LeSean McCoy was still on the board. Reid grabbed him as the heir apparent to an aging Brian Westbrook.
Next, the Eagles shipped a pair of fifth round picks to the Patriots for Ellis Hobbs—a very talented, young cornerback. Not only will Hobbs give the Eagles an excellent trio at DB, along with Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown, but this will also give them incredible options on special teams.
Between Hobbs, Jackson, and Maclin, the Eagles now have three elite special teams returners.
In the fifth round, a player who was projected by many as the second best tight end in the draft was still on the board, but the Eagles weren't going to have a perfect draft, were they?
Well, they did it. They selected Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram in the fifth round to complete Reid's best draft since the 2002 edition when he drafted Brian Westbrook, Sheldon Brown, Lito Sheppard, and Michael Lewis.
And don't forget about the move Reid made before the draft. The Eagles acquired All-Pro offensive tackle Jason Peters to replace the loss of John Runyan and Tra Thomas, and signed him to a contract extension.
Why has Reid finally come around and made the right moves after all these years of trying to outsmart the world? Maybe, it's because he knows McNabb and Westbrook won't be around much longer, and he needs quality players to surround Kolb, the future quarterback in Philadelphia.
Whatever the reason may be, Eagles fans have many reasons to be excited about the upcoming NFL season. There is no reason the Eagles can't be playing football in Miami next February.
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