Brian Westbrook misses Philadelphia.
This fact is understandable as B-West spent his college career in the Philadelphia area all but one of his years in the NFL with the Eagles. It seems that Westbrook never stopped missing Philly in his adopted home of San Francisco this past season.
In a conversation with CSNPhilly, Westbrook revealed that he has maintained a close relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles. He speaks with head coach Andy Reid more than many people speak to their families.
Said Westbrook: “I talk to coach Reid every week or so. We always talk, and I would love to be back in Philly. So we'll see how things go. I think I can help out. I think they have a very good group of young guys on this team at every position, but I still think I can help this team win."
But can he really? How would Eagles fans view a return of Brian Westbrook when there has been such success from running back LeSean McCoy?
McCoy was 14th in the league in total rushing yards last year, with 1,080 rushing yards. Westbrook was 52nd in the league with 340 yards. To be fair, who knows how Westbrook's overall numbers would look if he had been the starter the whole season for the 49ers.
He got his chance to shine from Week 12 onwards, when Westbrook replaced starting running back Frank Gore after an injury in late November.
In his comments, Brian Westbrook noted that the Eagles have a core of "young guys." It is these young guys who make a B-West return to Philadelphia improbable. It's no secret that the Birds do not love players over the age of 30.
Make no mistake—the love of Brian Westbrook in the Philadelphia region is deep.
We've enjoyed having him play in our backyard for the 12 years that he played at Villanova, and then for the Eagles. We want to see Westbrook do well wherever he goes (as long it's not for another team in the NFC East).
But despite his hopes, B-West better work on getting used to life outside of Philadelphia.