2011 Philadelphia Eagles: Rapid Reactions

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2011 Philadelphia Eagles: Rapid Reactions
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Despite coming up short against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of last year's NFL Playoffs, the Eagles, throughout the regular season, displayed flashes of why people considered them to, once again, be a contender for yet another NFC crown in years to come.

Fans were reassured of this sentiment when the front office proclaimed that they would be making the sort of moves that would put this uber-talented, albeit young team in place to contend for a serious Super Bowl run.

Even while the specter of the labor lockout loomed over the league, Philadelphia, perhaps more than any other destination, seemed to be the imminent destination for multiple high-level, unrestricted free agents.

With an abundance of cap room, starting spots open for the taking and perhaps most importantly, a success story in Michael Vick the likes of which had given reassurance to players around the league that this was an organization that could turn careers around, it appeared as if the Eagles could take the proverbial "pick of the litter" for multiple pressing needs. 

As the lockout tantalizingly ticked toward its last negotiations, fans turned GMs chimed into sports talk radio stations, gushing at the flurry of moves the team was about to make.

This was going to be the year that we finally got some value for Kevin Kolb. This was going to be the year we had a red-zone threat, and this was going to be the year where our front seven would strike fear into opposing offenses.

However, as free agency began, minutes turned to hours and hours into days. For a little while, the biggest move that the Eagles made was the acquisition of defensive line coach and guru Jim Washburn.

Despite this unnerving lull in moves, the Eagles, deliberate as always, decided that Thursday, July 28 was going to be the day that they made their stamp on one of the most active, albeit abbreviated, offseasons in league history. 

The Eagles, who were in contention for multiple free agents (and still appear to be) addressed multiple needs yesterday.

I am going to discuss my immediate reactions to some of the Birds' personnel decisions. 

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