Posted February 22, 2013

HARDLY were they scholars, but there’s a line in rap hit “Pop Goes the Weasel” by 3rd Bass that says “I got a strong mind, it doesn’t have to be spoon fed/And I can read, it doesn’t have to be read.”

This is a rebuild. It’s not a 1999 Andy Reid rebuild, where massive pieces of roster were simply thrown out or wholesale changes are made to the starting line-up*. This is the new version of the rebuild where coaches don’t call it a rebuild, because they are expected to still be competitive enough to sell seats. It is a business after all. Most customers don’t want to eat in a restaurant where new drywall is being put up. Instead they wait for the dust to settle.

Several areas of this team are good enough to build on or around (RB, WR, TE, LB, DE, DT, K). However, there are other positions which are talent starved (C, G, SS, FS, P, KR) or have no clear long-term answers (QB, OT, CB, P, LS). When you have that many question marks, what you have is a rebuild.

Of course Chip Kelly won’t say it’s a rebuild. That’s hardly a surprise to anybody, right? In fact these days coaches generally try to avoid the “R” word at all cost. So the idea that he won’t say it, means if fans are going to pick up on it, we’re going to have to divine it for ourselves. No one is going to spoon feed us, folks. We’re all adults, and we’re all expected to be able to think and reason like adults.

So expect a slower more deliberate turnover of the roster. Expect some stop-gaps. Expect to have to rely on the banes of your existence for a bit longer. The roster will turnover, but no one is in a rush to flood the team with people who don’t know each other, and therefore can’t trust each other yet. I see Chip Kelly as following yet another line of wisdom from that 3rd Bass hit “Why score all my points in one period?”

Patience Eagles fans. Let’s see what he does.


*(8 of 11 on Offense, and only 3 of 11 on Defense, one of which was precipitated by injury to Hugh Douglas who’d return as a starter in 2000.)


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