Due to the lockout, HBO’s Hard Knocks had to resort to a Hard Knocks: Decade of Champs highlight show. One team had to fill a vacant hole.
The Eagles became that team… the Birds signed everybody. The names Asomugha, Babin, Jenkins, Brown, Young and Smith quickly became entrenched in every Eagle fan’s head. They traded Kevin Kolb to Arizona for a second-round pick and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
And then came the Vick six-year $100-million contract extension…the plot thickened…Is Michael Vick worth that much? Some have already proclaimed it an asinine offer, I’ll let the plot unfold and make my own decision when the season’s over.
My concerns aren’t at quarterback, it’s the offensive line that protects the quarterback. The right tackle position has become a hot potato, a fourth-round rookie is starting at center, and a 26-year-old fireman will man the right guard position (he won’t start this week).
Last year’s offensive line coach has become the defensive coordinator.
A rookie fourth-round draft choice starts at middle linebacker.
Two seventh-round draft picks (2010 and 2009 respectively) start.
The Eagles are stacking up, yet rebuilding. The hope is that all of the rookies will be able to step up. Of course, Michael Vick, the new trio of cornerbacks, the Jim Washburn-led defensive line, and the lethal receiving core have to make the inexperienced guys’ jobs easier.
All of these questions are just an introduction to the story of the 2011 Eagles.