Vince Young – I never want him as my starting QB, but I LOVE him as a backup QB because then, I don’t have to build my franchise around him nor have to give him 5 years. I can give him a few million for a year and have him grow up – he’s sorta delusional about his talent, he’s very immature, I’m not building my franchise around him, but is their a better backup QB in the league right now than the Eagles’ Vince Young? Same guy…I hate him for one position, love him for the other.
What the Philadelphia Eagles really proved to me this past weekend is something my dad tells my brother, sister and I all the time – have a plan in life and pursuit it. No little boy at 7 years old drives by a construction site and says “dad, that’s what I want to do for a living! I don’t want to be Derek Jeter, I don’t want to be a rockstar, and I don’t want to be a fireman…no, I want to sit on a roof at 104 degrees and pound nails” That’s a guy with no plan! That’s a guy that got out of high school and partied all night long and then went “holy crap, I gotta work! Mom’s kicking me outta the house…I gotta pay rent” have a plan and pursuit it!!
When you look at what the Philadelphia Eagles did this weekend…it’s amazing! They needed corners – they got the 2 best! They needed a pass rush…they got 2 studs and they needed a backup QB and they got one. As of this morning, they still have 10 draft picks for next year. They got into the Nnamdi stuff late – but they still had a plan. The Atlanta Falcons had a plan because they needed – no questions about it, more of a pass rush and they went and got Ray Edwards, they needed another big time offensive playmaker – outside of the hash marks and got one. What a shock! There GM came from Bill Belicheck’s camp.
Arizona had a plan as well because they’ve signed a couple of guys – they needed a QB, they needed a tight end, so they went and got 1 locally – Todd Heath from Baltimore who played at Arizona State. They had drafted a great corner so they could give up Cromartie Rogers. They had a plan worked out and Arizona, to me, is the favourite in that division. Seattle doesn’t have a plan, St. Louis is still young…Arizona now wins that division. When it comes to the Seahawks, the Bears, and the Miami Dolphins…I just don’t see a plan at all! Unless the Bears’ plan is “hey, who’s that guy with the Jets, who’s never had a sack since we drafted him from Ohio State…let’s get that guy!”
The Jets to me are interesting, I won’t put them in the “great plan” or “horrible plan” camp, but I thought the Jets were very interesting. I thought it was about ego, I thought they chased a headline. The New York Jets could’ve gone out and acquired Jonathan Joseph – a very good corner most of you have never heard of from Cincinanti for a lot cheaper than Nnamdi. Yet that’s what the Texans did – who had a plan. The Jets chased Nnamdi – who they didn’t really need because you can argue they’ve already got the best two corners in the NFL. What they could use is youth at linebacker, a really good safety, a pass rush…more help! The Jets look like they chased a name – got into it, fell in love with it and then in the end went “we’ll take that guy who was in prison, in his mid 30’s and will catch about 40 balls this year.” Its not a disaster – Plaxico is maybe better than Braylon, but he’s 34 and has been in the can for 2 years, maybe he’s not. But that’s not a great great plan…it was okay. The Falcons, Arizona and Philadelphia to me, did just an incredible job. The Patriots with Belicheck – they need an outside guy, Ochocinco, 65 catches last year, Brady will add 20 to 25 more for a weak draft pick. He fills a need, got value and production, bang bang bang, boom boom boom…all three. Have a plan!!
Like it’s really amazing what Philadelphia did – this is not something they dreamed up last Wednesday, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin…primer guys in the defensive line, premier corners. “But Andrew, they don’t have linebackers” but this is not a linebacker league. Who were the Saints’ linebackers when they won the Superbowl? Who were Arizona’s linebackers when they got to the Superbowl? By the way, I like Clay Matthews from the Packers, but it’s a QB/Receiver/Defensive line/ Secondary driven league. I’ll tell you who’s got great linebackers – the Houston Texans, yet they can’t make the players. It’s not a linebacker driven league. QB, Defensive lines…guys in the back! So Philadelphia blew me away!