Monday, April 5, 2010
April Is The Coolest Month
What a huge week in sports in only the first week of April. We've got Butler going against Duke in the NCAA Championship tonight, Donovan McNabb traded to the Redskins, the beginning of the baseball season and, oh yeah, Tiger Woods' return to golf this week at the Masters. When it rains it pours baby. I will try to break everything down in the next few days, but let's focus on one thing at a time. Let us usher in the Kevin Kolb administration with a hearty "here here!" and look forward to a fruitful year in Philadelphia.
The Eagles were successfully able to pawn Donovan McNabb off to the Washington Redskins for a 2nd round pick this year, and either a 3rd or 4th rounder next year. As worried as I am that Donovan could torch the Eagles for the rest of his career since he was traded to an NFC East team, I think the deal had to be done.
Kolb is the answer people, I'm telling you. He's got a good arm, he can run the offense, he is confident and he is symbolic of the youth transition in Philadelphia. Over the past few years, Dawkins, Westbrook and McNabb have been sent out of town on a rail. The regime of the old guard is over. Sure we had some good times, but we never reached the ultimate goal of a Super Bowl championship. Every other team in the NFC East has accomplished this feat more than once. A change needed to be made and the right offer came along. If Andy Reid can't be successful with this team, he might very well be the next one to go.
Now the Eagles have a late first round pick and two second rounders with which to acquire even more young talent in 2010. For the first time in a while, they've got all of the skilled positions covered. Now the focus should be on both lines and the secondary. I'd like to see the Eagles take a safety, a linebacker or defensive end, and a mammoth offensive lineman with their first three picks. This would give them a solid corps at pretty much every position, and further bolster the youth movement going on. If the Eagles choose wisely, they could very well reach that final goal of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan could make beautiful music together down in Washington, but this move needed to be made in Philadelphia. Long live Kevin Kolb! Next subject, the NCAA Championship.