Andy Reid is a great guy and a fine coach. But if he doesn't win a title this season after what the Philadelphia Eagles did this week, he should quit before he gets fired.
The Eagles have the potential to line up the greatest trio of cornerbacks in NFL history after acquiring Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) on Friday to go with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie(notes), who arrived Thursday in the Kevin Kolb(notes) deal, and Asante Samuel(notes), who is under contract. Heck, DRC and Samuel were good enough. Even if Samuel gets traded, the Eagles have the best cover duo in the league.
Sure, New England made interesting moves Thursday to get Albert Haynesworth(notes) and Chad Ochocinco(notes). But in both those cases, the Patriots gambled on rehabbing damaged goods. The Eagles have sure things on their hands.
The move to snag Asomugha from underneath the likes of the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys was cold-blooded. Eagles team president Joe Banner might intimidate Suge Knight right now (and anybody who has ever seen Banner knows what a long shot that is). The Eagles didn't just send a shot across the bow at the rest of the NFL, they sent 31 blasts at each opponent.
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Some people may gripe about the lack of pass rushing in Philadelphia. It's a hollow claim since Philly's trio of corners could make anyone on the defensive front look great.
The Eagles got the best player in free agency (Asomugha) and got the cornerback with the best footwork in the game (Rodgers-Cromartie). At a time when the NFL is increasingly a glorified version of a 7-on-7 drill, the Eagles can now match up with an advantage on every receiver, even when opponents go to four- and five-receiver sets.
The Eagles will suffocate people, taking away the bread and butter from Green Bay, Dallas, New England and Indianapolis. Sure, some of you Xs and Os experts will say, “Just run on them.” With the high-octane offense led by Michael Vick(notes) and DeSean Jackson(notes) (once his contract gets settled) on the other side, good luck with that strategy. Furthermore, the Eagles have a stout front, so just trying to grind them isn't easy.
Only great quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers(notes), Tom Brady(notes), Drew Brees(notes) and Peyton Manning(notes) will have a chance against the Eagles and each of those quarterbacks will have to have killer performances at that. Last season in the playoffs, Rodgers had a great day against the Eagles (18-of-27, 180 yards, three TD passes and zero interceptions), but only seven of his completions (for 73 yards) went to wide receivers.
Philly still almost pulled it out in the end before Vick threw an interception.
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Which brings us back to Reid, whose career has seemingly been nothing but a bunch of near-misses. There was the run of four consecutive NFC championship games, including one run to the Super Bowl. There was the 2008 run to NFC title game, which ended with a loss to Arizona in a contest most thought was Philly's for the taking.
Now, Reid has perhaps the greatest secondary in the history of the league to go with the electrifying Vick. In the 12 games that Vick started and finished last season (playoff game included), the Eagles were held under 26 points only twice.
This year, Vick and the Eagles figure to be better, even without a full offseason. As long as Jackson's holdout doesn't become a lingering issue, the offense should be just as good. The addition of Vince Young(notes) as Vick's backup gives the Eagles another dangerous weapon off the bench.
That's not to say the Eagles aren't without flaws. Their running game is still questionable. But it's better overall than it ever has been in terms of having a power element. Combine that with the blanket coverage of Asomugha, Rodgers-Cromartie and Samuel and you have the makings of something special.
Now, Reid has to come up with some special results.
- The Eagles