First, an end-of-preseason observation with the Philadelphia Eagles, and then on to some questions:
Back in 2011, as the season which was supposed to be a "dream" started turning into a nightmare, I wrote about how Andy Reid's time as head coach had run its course. We now know that he'd make a return for an additional anticlimactic—and even more disastrous—season, but that year set the tone, leaving residual effects still being felt today.
Even more than his game-day decisions, the biggest black mark of Reid's legacy, with the help of former team president and current Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner, was his drafting. And with the recent release of first-round bust Danny Watkins—who preferred to put out fires rather than lay out defensive linemen—it leaves just four players out of a whopping 11 still on the roster (Casey Matthews, Alex Henery, Julian Vandervelde and Jason Kelce) from just two years ago. And two of them (Matthews and Vandervelde) may very well not make it through September before being cut.
Furthermore—and this stat is going to knock your socks off—since 2003, Reid oversaw the selection of 48 defenders (including the first five in 2010), which produced a whopping one (Trent Cole) who has made a Pro Bowl.
Again, that's 48 defensive draft picks in 10 years and one Pro Bowler. And not even a perennial one.
Forty-eight. One. Try wrapping your head around that stat. I know I have. Which has led to a massive headache.
And to that I say: Good luck, Kansas City!
But I digress. Slightly. Because some of the challenges which face the Eagles—not only in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, but throughout the 2013 season—is a direct testament to the past decade's dumbfounding defensive drafting disasters.
So, awesome alliteration aside, let's get to the questions. Because, if anyone knows how to ask questions—and only questions—in a slideshow, it's yours truly.