TEA LEAVES

Posted December 29, 2012

CAN you read a map?

If you can then you can probably read the EAGLES Front Office pretty well. Look at what they do and what they set up, not at how you feel. Look at what you AREN'T hearing as well.

First the moves:

DT Antonio Dixon was brought back on a TWO YEAR deal. Why? They already know what he brings to the table, so they must want to bring him back to do something he's good at.  Why bring him into a crowded DT rotation when you already have a guy on your Practice Squad? Then EAGLES mouthpiece Dave Spadaro takes the time (with just one game left this season) to sell us Dixon for "the future". WTF?? The future? How do you know? The new HC hasn't even signed let alone brought in a DC yet.  Systems need players that fit, we all know that. Unless they already know what they're running, how do they know that Dixon fits that system? Who knows what system the next DC may want to run? 

On the EAGLES site is a "Who Returns" video. I haven't watched it, but its presence speaks volumes. If we're getting a new coach, why should they already be publicly debating which players to part with before he gets here? And since when did THIS organization publicly discuss cuts that BEFORE they'd already made up their mind? Especially if they turned out to be players that a new coach may want, or need, or feels he can coach up? 

From every source I've read the odds on favorite for fans and the media to come here is Chip Kelly. But those same sources say he'll also want player/personnel control. If the EAGLES do this and undercut him before he even interviews, it goes a looooong way to souring him on us (See: Spagnuolo).

And here's what you haven't heard. Reporters have made no mention of Andy Reid or his staffers moving out more boxes than usual from his office. (This is the part where you say the local media wouldn't be watching for such a thing.) This team has given none of the traditional "beheading of the king" signs that you look for prior to a canning. No one has thrown him under a bus. Team discipline as far as showing up to meetings, practices, etc. hasn't wavered. Sideline spats with players (since the one in the preseason with Cullen Jenkins) number zero, which should have only increased with blood in the water. But again, zero.

At this point it's all reading tea leaves. Even for the guys with access. We'll know something in a few days. But don't be stunned or overly pissed if Lurie stands pat. There are enough indications that he may do just that.

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