Still Think Winning Those Last 4 Last Year Was A Good Thing?
Last season after a 4-8 start the Eagles were on life support to make the playoffs at best. At that time I made an extremely controversial determination. "The Eagles need to stop trying to win right now" is what I proclaimed. I wanted a team I grew up watching since I was 5 to stop trying to win. Some people on this site question my loyalties as a fan because of this. Some still do now, but the reason they do is they still can't see beyond what is in front of them. I knew the Eagles last season for whatever reason did not have a realistic chance of making the playoffs, but I also knew that if the Eagles simply tanked the rest of a meaningless season it would have given them a legit shot to snag one of the elite quarterback prospects coming out in the draft.
Fast forward to today and now we see how great RG3 has started and I can only wonder how great that kid would have looked in Eagle Green, and I shudder to think how much he's going to kill us over the next decade. You see this has happened before. There was a time when the Eagles drafted the stud QB that dominated the division. His name was Donovan McNabb, and under McNabb the Eagles went from a 3-13 disaster to a team that went to 5 NFC Championships and clearly through one of the greatest eras of the Eagles franchise. The Eagles however weren't the only team in the division who got a special quarterback.
The Giants soon found themselves a Manning gift wrapped to them. As Eagles fans we keep wanting to deny his talent while the Giants keep racking up Lombardi Trophies, and he keeps racking up SB MVP Trophies. Now the Redskins have the next guy.
They have been the laughing stock of the division over the years, but people will stop laughing at them soon. RG3 is the real deal. Again people doubt him like they still doubt Manning. How many championships will he rack up before someone else realizes how big of a mistake was it for the Eagles to fight hard to win 4 meaningless games against 4 teams that didn't even care if they lost?
Stats From RG3's first NFL game
19/26 73.1 Comp% 320 YDS 12.31 YPP 2 TD 0 INT 1 FUM 139.9 QB Rating
10 Rush 42 YDS
Mike Vick's first game of this season
29/56 51.8 Comp% 317 YDS 5.7 YPP 2 TD 4 INT 2 FUM 51.3 QB Rating
7 Rush 32 YDS
Just remember folks that guy could have been playing for us, but the Eagles wanted to win 4 meaningless games.
After watching RG3 yet again make a team look bad I wonder if you all are going to again tell me how important the fact it is we got a defensive tackle over a franchise quarterback. Tell me how RG3 is going to be an injury prone bust again and in the same sentence tell me Mike Vick's dynasty talk was justified. Tell me again how way off base I was about winning games the didn't matter. Despite the fact many of you were completely wrong on these matters I have to say all is not lost. Moving on from Andy Reid is a good thing. If he goes to Dallas it's a better thing despite the fears of some misguided fans. No Reid isn't the relevant factor here. Jeff Lurie is. You see Lurie needs to do some solid research in selecting the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. With some necessary salary cuts combined with an excellent draft, and add one or two quality free agents, the Eagles could find themselves back in the playoff hunt within a couple of years. Still there is much work to be done. The quarterback situation is in upheaval and most likely will not be fixed during this draft period. Foles could surprise, but the likelihood of a 3rd round pick becoming an elite quarterback is as wishful thinking as Vick apologist thinking he is capable of leading a dynasty. This pending season will most likely be a difficult one, but all the same a necessary one. Teams at times need to take a few steps back to make leaps forward. A franchise quarterback can do that for a team. I get the feeling the Eagles will have one within the next couple of years.
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