Ok ok whoa whoa whoa! Slow down there and tell me exactly what is going on? Are we feeling nostalgic? Couldn’t negotiate with Josh McDaniels for Brian Dawkins back? Was Ike Reese not available? What’s with all the roster moves? Let’s step back and look at this now. Well, let’s do that after the jump.
Jeremiah Trotter signed:
The only reason this makes sense to me is simply that Omar Gaither and Joe Mays aren’t getting it done. Gaither has played all 3 games this season and is doing ok. His weakness is, as I said during the preseason, is that he is a liability in run support. He’s getting thrown around by the offensive lines. He can pass rush and cover like nobody’s business but we need help. I thought Joe Mays was that help, but he hasn’t even played special teams, let alone actual defense. I don’t know what Mays did, but he is not Andy Reid’s favorite person. Jeremiah Trotter is a run stopping machine. He said during his press conference that he would play first and second down. Running downs. Awesome. He was pulled and ultimately released (in favor of Gaither) because of his inability to drop back in coverage.
Jeff Garcia released
In order to make room for Trotter, we released Jeff Garcia. This move makes sense because with Donvan McNabb on the mend, Kevin Kolb playing out-of-his-mind good, and Michael Vick eligible and playing adequately, we really didn’t need Garcia. He was a just in case quarterback to have until Vick was able to play. When we signed him I thought it made sense, and now when we released him, I also think it makes sense.
The Workout of Marcus Howard
This is intriguing because Marcus Howard played linebacker in college, but drafted and converted (by the Colts) to be a defense end. We all know how much Andy Reid loves his undersized but quick defensive ends.
So what’s the endgame? I think the Eagles coaching staff is getting frustrated by the lack of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. We should have sacked Matt Cassel 10 times last week. We didn’t and we barely touched Drew Brees. Well we didn’t hit him enough to really mess up his rhythm. Wait until we get to our NFC East games, or when we travel to San Diego. We need a relentless pass rush and Andy Reid and company hope Marcus Howard (and Trotter) can help to put the pressure on the quarterback that we’ll need to dominate later in the season.
Current: Coming Soon!