Tom Petty Was Right: "The Waiting Is The Hardest Part"

John MaranoContributor IMarch 4, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The consensus of Philadelphia Eagles fans during this off season has a wide range of ideas when it comes to just what the Eagles Brass will or will not do for this team.  Mr. Petty has summed it all up for me in the lyrics to his 80's hit song: "the waiting is the hardest part".  Some fans think a major trade is what is needed.  Still others feel that free agency is the route to go.  The draft?  Well, there is a subject with plenty of time left to discuss or debate about.  It all boils down to one unavoidable thing; we, the fans, must wait!  Wait on the Eagles to tip their hand and make the moves that are so over speculated upon.

I, for one, am resolved to wait, because there is no other news of substance out  there yet to read.  The waiting truly is the hardest part due to the fact that Andy Reid & company rarely, if ever, leak information as to what the plan is.  Not many teams do.  If they did, another contender or rival would be able to "short-circuit" some plans as well as see which direction other teams will go.  As hard as this sounds, it is the best policy to keep things on the "hush-hush" and as we all know here in Eagles Nation, Andy is quite the master of stealth and secrecy.  So many ideas and scenarios have been posted, posed, and presumed that it makes ones head spin.  Any rumor or "leak" gets full attention as it makes the rounds through the media.

So, on the eve of the new NFL year that begins at midnight, we wait...and wait...and wait.  What will they do?  Who is on the radar?  How involved will they be in free agency?  Who goes, who stays?  Trades, tenders, targets and trumping the other 31 teams is still in "cloak and dagger" mode for at least another 10 hours, EST.  Prognosticating, pondering, and predicting are still in play for just a little while longer.

Mr. Petty, you were right.  The waiting is the hardest part.