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Old 03-04-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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Default How do you get up for next season?

Regardless of whether the front office made the right move and handled things correctly, I now realize why I was so insane during the playoff run last year. I really wanted this team (Dawk, Reid, McNabb, Westbrook, Runyan, Tra, . . . ) to get their ring. But more than anything, I wanted to see Dawkins raise the Lombardi trophy for this team and for this city. There would be nothing else like it.

Now that is gone, and it really, really sucks.

The Eagles might very well win a Super Bowl some day but to me the sense of urgency is gone.

Maybe their will be another Eagle that will give his heart and soul for 13 years and represent everything that is good about the game. Westbrook? Stewart Bradley? Trent Cole? Sheldon Brown? Who will be the next Dawk?

The thought of Shawn Springs replacing Dawkins in our secondary makes me want to puke.

So, what will it take to get me excited for next year?
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:00 PM   #2
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Can't answer for you since you're still stuck on the emotional side of things, only you can decide that.

For me, I'm ready to go already, looking forward to the rest of F/A, the draft then TC.

Looking forward to seeing the Andrews Bros on the OL, looking to see how much better DJ can get, watching the young LB's learn more and more.

It's all perspective I guess.
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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So, what will it take to get me excited for next year?
A good product on the field. I know it doesn't make sense now but aside from Burrell - there weren't that many long term Phillies on the squad that won it last year. They were a group you pulled for especially as the year went on. Same thing goes for the Birds. Right now though - it's hard to envision success for the organization and not have Dawkins a part of it.
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:08 PM   #4
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I can see the logic of not signing Dawkins. However, if they sign Springs, the logic goes out the window. It would be like trading Dawkins for Springs. WTF???? No one in their right mind would make that trade.
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:15 PM   #5
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It's simple: If you're at a chat site talking about Eagles football in early March, you'll be up when September arrives.
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:27 PM   #6
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stock nailed it

right now I believe this current team today is a last place team in the NFC East. The FACT is the rest of the division got better and we got worse. But so much can change. There is so much still to go. Maybe we nab an actual freakin FB? Maybe we finally draft a HB who can back up Westy and challenge him as he is seemingly wearing down? Maybe we can nab a vet WR to add to what is already a decent WR corps? Maybe we can draft a second TE that can have impact?

Safety sucks in this draft IMHO. That does worry me. Quite honestly that is a big reason I wanted Dawk signed (instead of the "emotional" angle of being a Dawk fan that some believe). We need to find a safety out there in a trade. I don't think Springs is the answer.

we have some work to do. But things do change and maybe this roster will get us pumped up before training camp arrives?

I'm always up for Eagles football. Right now it's the expectations that are way down than where it was at the end of last years run
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:31 PM   #7
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On the positive side, we don't have to worry about Considine filling in at safety.
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Amen! Plus, there's always the cheerleader threads
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:13 PM   #9
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March is usually a down period for football involvement for me, but FA does liven things up and then the draft adds another spark...the Phils are starting up soon and I cannot wait to see how they do.

Like MD, for me its about perspective. The Eagles lost the 2004 SB and have been re-vamping the roster since trying to find the right pieces to get the ring while staying in the hunt every season. We got real close last season and had every chance to win it, but the team did not get it done.

I sense the Eagles realized this year the defense, while almost completely back to form, needed some more tweaks (Dawk gone, Considine gone) and that the offense (especially the OL, TE, FB, RB) needed some major renovations. LJ gone, Buck gone, Runyan probably gone and Thomas only if he would sign on their terms.

They signed Andrews and now have various options for re-configuring the OL. More will come via the draft or FA in this regard IMV. RB, TE and FB will probably be draft targets and they may even grab a WR too. I expect an offense-heavy draft overall besides DE, CB and Safeties who interest them.

I do not think McNabb will be extended this off-season. They invested in Kolb and I expect them to keep the leash tight on D-Mac while getting Kolb involved more over the time he has left under contract. I do not see how they let Kolb go without seeing what they have. McNabb is the final holdover if Thomas/Runyan leave, but also mans the most important position and has shown he can still play at a high level.

We have alot to look forward to IMO. See if the Eagles can pull this off is one part, but we also have alot of young talent that stepped forward last season and should continue to do so. We may never see the next Dawk, but that is what many of us said when other legends left or retired in this town. There will always be someone to fill those shoes eventually - think back to Dawk in his 1st couple of seasons - I doubt many of us expected he would become what he did.
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We all thought the same thing when Eric Allen left, or when Byron Evans left, or Seth Joyner, or Reggie White... and we still came back.

This is our team... not Dawks... I love the man, but the Eagles are more our team than any player. People say fans shouldn't say we... oh yeah, the players shouldn't say we because they are only rented. We are permanent.
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