So it finally happened. The 2004 super bowl Eagles have pretty much been dispersed into the rest of the NFL with the exception of Donovan McNabb who may also be heading elsewhere, and the Eagles are once again left with more questions than they have answers heading into the 2010 season.
With the Sheldon Brown trade yesterday it leaves the Eagles secondary a little scarce, but we might see a familiar sight from the Super Bowl trip once the season begins.
A familiar sight you ask?
Yes, as of right now it looks like the obvious starters on the Eagles roster is Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel and his counterpart of the New England Patriots from the 2004 Super Bowl, Ellis Hobbs.
With those two playing opposite each other one would think that the Philadelphia Eagles are set at cornerback right? They have two cornerbacks that are not only familiar with the Eagles defensive system but are, more importantly, familiar with each other.
Each has a ring on their fingers, if not multiple rings, so why all the resentment from Philly fans towards the Eagles front office in regards to the Sheldon Brown trade?
There are a few reasons to a fans madness over this deal.
First, former Eagles GM Tom Heckert just car-jacked the team he, until just this past offseason, was the GM for—the Eagles.
Heckert got two players he really likes in Sheldon Brown, who is going to immediately improve Cleveland's secondary, and LB/DE Chris Gocong. It was Heckert's part that brought Chris to the Eagles in the first place.
So he gets two players, one who is great and another who is good with great potential and the Cleveland Browns paid next to nothing to acquire them sending a fourth and fifth round pick in the 2010 draft and also sent over LB Alex Hall, who was a seventh round pick of the Browns just two years ago.
It is in my opinion that the Eagles should have received in the very least (in terms of draft picks) is a third and fifth with Alex Hall. That would have been a more appropriate offer.
Second, the Eagles could have re-signed Brown and allow him to compete at the safety position, which is an obvious need of the Eagles. Instead of trading him for "clam shells" the Eagles should have looked within to try and fill some of the teams needs.
Back to spotlighting the cornerback position.
Behind Samuel and Hobbs the Eagles have sixth-year man Joselio Hanson, who is best suited to play in nickel situations; fifth-year man Dimitri Patterson, who still needs improvement but plays okay when he's in; and then there is third-year man out of Howard, Geoff Pope; and we can't forget that newly-acquired Marlin Jackson could end up playing cornerback, as well as second-year man Macho Harris.
The Eagles have some talented options at the position, so I feel it was what the Eagles got in return that has most of the fans upset. But the end result is not complete, so I will reserve my final judgement on this move for a later date.
The Eagles still need a linebacker, safety, guard, a big bodied defensive tackle, possibly a defensive end, and we can now add cornerback to that list. I'm going out on a limb here and saying the linebacker position should be addressed first, but will the Eagles invest a first round pick on one is the question.
I'm not so sure about that but unless the Eagles plan on having Moise Fokou, who was a seventh round draft pick of the Eagles in 2009, to become their starting strongside linebacker they might not have a choice—unless there's a trade?
Oh geesh, more scenarios and the thumping in my brain has again begun!
Stay tuned Eagles faithful, with so many obvious needs on the roster there is sure to be more before draft day!