Posted May 23, 2013

THERE comes a point where you have to grab a man by the shoulders and shake him back to reality. Fellow fans we have reached that point.

Chip Kelly's mantras about competition and earning a spot are nice to hear, but now we've wandered into the land of the ridiculous. Here's what I mean:


The article repeats the Kelly mantras of course, and it goes so far as to say that we can't assume ANYTHING. The article goes on to point out that DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant won't be handed jobs, they'll have to earn them. 

The article doesn't say STARTING jobs. It says JOBS. It plainly says in paragraph 3 (and I copy and paste here) "Jackson, Maclin and Avant will not be given jobs. They will have to earn them."

Riley Cooper, Arrelious Benn, Ifeanyi Momah, B.J. Cunningham, and Greg Salas all apparently have a shot to displace the top 3 guys here not only as starters, but altogether. WOW.

So if we can't use them what do we do? Release them? It's 15 million in 2014 dead money if we do. Bench them? That's 15 million on the pine THIS year. A trade? DJax would be cost-prohibitive at this point for most teams, Maclin is a FA at the end of the year anyway, and nobody is trading for Avant. 

The reality is that the Eagles are giving away FAR TOO MUCH of Jeff Lurie's money for a rookie coach to come in and financially hamstring this franchise for at least the next couple years. 

Competition is great and all, but there comes a time when you have to simply recognize what is directly in front of you, and not get cute. Remember when he said he'd coach the talent that was on the roster, and not try to shoehorn people into a given system? Whatever happened to that?

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