I think (hear) DT Derek Landri will be on somebody’s roster by the end of the week. Dunno if it’ll be Eagles.
That’s not encouraging. Jeff McLane responded that the “Birds very doubtful”. Uh oh.
How am I going to handle this?
My first thought is to get Wulfgar, Shakka, and Hans Gruber to help me take the right hostages so that we can demand the Eagles re-sign Landri. Does anyone know if the UN has a branch in Philly? What about the Nakatomi Corporation?
Maybe my friends Charlie, Dennis, and Mac could go have a talk with Howie/Andy. Charlie is like a lawyer and is a great negotiator. Mac knows some karate moves and that can always come in handy.
Alas, I must let the situation play out and just hope for the best. And get ready to go on a 3-county suicide spree (not as easy as it sounds).
As I’ve written in the past, the problem is fit. Mike Patterson is the starting NT. Antonio Dixon is the backup NT. Landri was the backup NT last year.
Cullen Jenkins is the starting under tackle (UT). We have no backup UT right now. Trevor Laws held that role last year. Drafting Fletcher Cox or Derek Wolfe would give the Eagles a backup UT.
I’m still unsure how the team sees Cedric Thornton. He has the build and quickness to play UT. I think he’s a little stiff, though, which would make him a better fit at NT.
The UT lines up wider and and has to run around the outside shoulder of the G on his way to the QB. The NT fires off the ball and goes straight up the field.
I think Landri could play UT for us in a short term setting. He’s got the initial quickness, motor, and experience to handle the role. He’s not a long term solution there. I imagine the Eagles are offering him a cheap deal and also aren’t guaranteeing any playing time. Patt, CuJo, and Dixon are locks to play. The rookie and Ced Thornton should be battling for snaps. And there sits Derek Landri on the outside.
While there is a lot of logic to everything above…it overlooks the simple fact that Landri played his ass off last year and the team was better with him on the field. A lot of our big plays came with Derek out there, whether he directly influenced the play or not. At some point you have to set aside long term plans and perfect fit. Just focus on if the guy is a good player and if you can find a role for him. Yes…and yes. If Juan Castillo and Jim Washburn can’t find a way to use Derek Landri, then they shouldn’t be coaching in the NFL. (oops – wrong joke for this crowd)
I like to joke about Derek a lot. Fun guy to cheer for. But I’m also honest about him. I don’t think the Eagles should make him a starter or give the guy big money. He is a terrific role player. This is a guy you hope to find. The Eagles did…and now they want to let him walk. Ugh.
I’ll say this…I hope Derek signs somewhere that he will be appreciated and where he’ll get on the field regularly. As frustrating as it would be to see him play for someone else, it would be worse to see him inactive while the Eagles had some RB or WR active, but unused. That would frustrate me beyond belief.
I hope the team finds some way to work things out and bring Derek back. He EARNED that with his play in 2011. If Derek is asking for big money, that changes things. I just don’t think that is the case.
I know the Eagles are in a tough spot with figuring out who to keep, who to play, and how to work things…but I just think this is a situation where the team is dealing with the abstract too much and not the obvious. Good D-linemen aren’t easy to find. When you do get hold of one…keep him.
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After watching, hearing, and reading all the Tim Tebow coverage in the last couple of days I can only say this…thank Tebow we didn’t get Tebow.
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Dallas will play the NFL opener at the Giants on a Wednesday night. Weird. I hope we don’t face either team in Week 2. They’ll have had extra time to work out the early season kinks that plague most teams.
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If you follow Colt Anderson on Twitter, you know he talks a lot about workouts. Sounds like things are going well for him based on that and some other stuff I’ve read. He certainly has the right attitude. I’m figuring Colt will start the year on the PUP list, but it sounds like he is working hard to be on the roster on Week One. We’ll see how he looks this summer.
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Geoff Mosher had a quick blurb up on Twitter that he’s heard a couple of teams have talked to Jamaal Jackson. I really want JamJax to get a starting gig. Doesn’t affect the Eagles at all. Just want to see a good player get another chance to be a starter once again. Jamaal wants to play.