In the math world, that answer is no, it equals 180. However, for the Philadelphia Eagles, the answer very well could be 47…as in, Super Bowl XLVII.
Fittingly, though, the Eagles have to do a 180 if they want to reach 47.
59, 95 and 91 are the jersey numbers of newcomers DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox. 34, 22 and 9 were the jersey numbers of the recently departed Ronnie Brown, Asante Samuel and Vince Young.
These are the key additions and subtractions that could ultimately be the difference in being a Dream Team or being a team that Eagles fans can dream about.
In DeMeco Ryans, the Eagles have finally added a blue-chip linebacker to man the middle of the defense. I never understood Andy Reid’s apparent aversion to adding a quality player at this position.
A middle linebacker is, after all, the quarterback of the defense. With Reid’s love of quarterbacks, why did he never invest more effort into finding a quality one for his defense?