This Allan Parsons Project song comes to mind when I stop and think about what will be next coming from One Nova Care Way. The already much ballyhooed decisions from the Eagles Front Office has been written, reported, and responded to. So much has gone on thus far, and there's still six weeks until the 2010 NFL Draft.
Still...where DO we go from here? Are there still more releases or trades to come? Who gets shown the door when THEIR roster bonus comes due? What other "aces" do the Eagles have up their sleeves?
The word is that the Eagles are "dumping" high salary, over aged players. Why? Is it to save money? Why? It's an uncapped year, right? Are they setting themselves up in good position for the future, or is this some type of money grab being perpetrated by the "bean counters?"
The Eagles MUST know something the rest of us don't know. Also, they are not going to "tip their hand" to the rest of the world before it is time. The scuttlebutt I hear is that the team will look to possibly bring some players back, albeit at reduced salaries, when or if they don't land another job somewhere else, and an injury dictates their return.
Could this be the Eagles strategy? Are they THAT sure their plan will be successful? Or, as the popular sentiment is going around, they plan to just go with younger players that they can sign cheaply for a short time, then lock up the "keepers" with long term extensions? Things that make you go "Hmmm...."
The direction still points to the Eagles going with youth, which is a good thing to a certain extent. Youth brings questions about ability to learn the NFL game and speed, which we have seen here in Philly doesn't always pan out. Any one remember Billy McMullen? Jon Harris? (Enter your favorite draft "bust" players' name here, and you see what I mean).
Youth takes time to develop. It takes patience and a lot of love. The risk is low, but the reward can be extremely high (Akeem Jordan? DeSean Jackson? Moise Fokou?). The flip side is that over aged players get brittle and balky, but they sure know their stuff (Sheldon Brown? Jeremiah Trotter? Jon Runyan?). The Eagles find themselves somewhere in between youth and age, and they are doing something about it.
Is this the best laid plans of Iggs and men? Again, only time will tell. Andy Reid and company are banking on the select "geriatric" squad to mind the store for the younger pups. Who, by the way, will someday find THEIR names on the list of expendable "moldy oldie"-- aged players soon enough.
Andy, Howie, Joe, Jeffery...did I leave anybody out?...we, the fans, put the question to you, gentlemen. Where do we go from here?