“Free at last! Free at last! Thank god almighty, I’m free at last!”
I think we all remember exactly where we were when we heard Carlito Brigante shout those words on the courthouse steps at the beginning of Carlito’s Way. The man saying them today is Albert Haynesworth, hero to the masses and great guy all around. He had been caught up in some bogus charges of road rage. I had some people look into it and they confirmed that Big Al is “1 million percent innocent”. That’s like a record or something.
I’m glad he wasn’t punished by the law. Big Al has suffered enough. The man has been a victim for years and years. Will we ever forget the horror of seeing Andre Gurode attack Big Al’s foot with his face? Gurode couldn’t be stopped. I’m just glad Big Al got out of there okay.
Now we need the Skins to cut Big Al loose so that he can come to Philly. I’m sure he’d be the victim of some trouble here. Poor guy is just always a target. I’m not sure why. He’s the NFL version of St. Francis of Assisi. Maybe he’s too nice.
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Lots more talk over the weekend about Plaxico Burress coming to Philly. I remain confused on this idea. I have nothing against Plax being an Eagle. I’m just not sure how he fits in. Would he be willing to come here as a 30 catch guy and Red Zone specialist? If so, I guess I’m open. Even then, things aren’t crystal clear. Let’s look at receiver stats for 2010:
DeSean Jackson — 47-1056 – 22.5 – 6 TDs
Jeremy Maclin —— 70 – 964 – 13.8 – 10 TDs
Jason Avant ——- 51 – 573 – 11.2 – 1 TD
Riley Cooper ——- 7 – 116 – 16.6 – 1 TD
Brent Celek ——– 42 – 511 – 12.2 – 4 TDs
Clay Harbor ——– 9 – 72 – 8.0 – 1 TD
LeSean McCoy —– 78 – 592 – 7.6 – 2 TDs
Owen Schmitt —— 19 – 136 – 7.2 – 1 TD
So where do we find 30-40 catches in that group? Or do we think we’ll throw an extra 50 or 60 passes? I’d like DeSean to get more catches (although part of that is on him simply catching the ball better). Celek had a down year with only 42 grabs. Clay Harbor and Riley Cooper are young guys I’d like to get more involved in the offense.
Shady did catch 78 passes. Only about 1/3 of those were by design. He caught a lot of checkdowns. You can’t count on taking those throws away from him.
Avant would be the big loser, most likely. He’s not such a weapon that we must get him 50 catches, but he is a really valuable 3rd down receiver. Plax could help on some plays, but I’m not sure we’ll find as many passes to come his way as he’d ideally like.
You would think a team that only has one good WR would make a strong push for Plax. He could possibly be an impact player for the Chiefs or a team like that. Will Plax buy into being a role player or will he expect to be a starter type? Mike Vick bought into the fact he had bottomed out and had to change his ways. Plax might not have the same attitude.
I’m going to remain skeptical of the reports, but there is some real logic to the thinking. Plax is a big time Red Zone weapon and that is an area where we’ve struggled for years. He wouldn’t solve the situation, but would be a weapon down there. He also might turn out to be an important role player that you got at a bargain price, as well as at a point in his career when he’s highly motivated.
Can’t wait to see what happens with this situation.
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Mike Kafka says he’s ready to be the backup QB this year. I disagree. Andy Reid says Kafka is ready. I still disagree. I think Kafka needs another year of preparation.
A.J. Feeley started 5 games in his 2nd year and led us to a 4-1 record. However…that 2002 team had a great defense, very good STs, and top 5 running game. Feeley was charged with not losing games. We have a whole different situation right now. The offense carries the team. We must score points to be effective. The defense is a complete mystery. The running game is effective, but is partially successful because of the passing attack. And STs…that’s a bit of an unknown right now.
I think Reid knows Kafka’s not ready. Big Red is just saying that to be supportive of his guy, but to also keep people from asking him a million questions about what we’ll do for a backup QB.
I still have high hopes for Kafka in 2012 and beyond, but I don’t see him as someone I’d be comfortable running the team at this point. I am interested to see what kind of progress he’s made since last summer. Let’s hope we have preseason games so we can get a look at Kafka.