What Would Buddy Do?
The Japanese monster argument for a running back
Posted on April 24th, 2008 at 11:40 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

godzilla not picturedI’m not going to pretend that my little feelings don’t go a-twitter every time there’s mention of another unlikely trade involving the Eagles and an ever-growing list of veteran WRs (Chad Johnson! Roy Williams! Anquan Boldin!). We have some data (2004) that suggests that adding a dude like that equals extreme dominance and a trip to the Thuper Bowl.

Then the non-WIP-mouth-breather part of my brain kicks in and reminds me that (a) trades involving game-breaking wideouts are pretty rare (especially when the general managers of the other teams that would need to be involved make a habit out of “flatly denying” that said trade could take place), and (b) maybe I should focus a little more on 2002 and 2003 instead of 2004. That is, why aren’t I more excited about bringing in more game-breaking running backs? Having a lot of talent in the backfield has certainly worked for Andy Reid in the past; why couldn’t it work this year?

Derek over on Igglesblog has been pretty convincing in re: why the Birds should look at a running back (and specifically Felix Jones) in the first round.  Okay, I’m listening.  But why stop the ambitions with Jones?  Why not take a crack at McFadden?  If Mike Florio is to be believed, the Birds are scheming to bust into the very top of the draft; is it inconceivable that they make a play for a guy like McFadden?  Lito + pick 19 + a later-round pick or two to get to McFadden at 6 (someone check my math there….).  Do you think Andy Reid has a little Purple Jesus envy? 

The part that’s appealing about going heavy in the backfield is that a different mix of talent could enable Reid and Morhinweig to update the playbook/ play-calling a bit.  That is, I definitely have the feeling that the rest of the division, much less the rest of the league, has more than enough film on the Eagles at this point.  If I can call the plays ahead of time as a casual fan, then I’m sure Steve Spagnuolo has a pretty good idea of what’s coming.  Why not go crazy for a new back and use it as an excuse to innovate a bit on offense?  Sure, they’ll still throw a ton, but wouldn’t it be clever to have multiple scary guys in the backfield (especially one scary enough that all eleven sets of eyes won’t be exclusively glued to the 36 Chambers of Brian Westbrook)? 

All that said, I’m pretty sure they’ll just pick an offensive lineman.

Comments so far:

Link Here | April 24, 2008,

LaRon Landry got $41.5 M ($17.5 M guaranteed) last year out of the #6 slot. Alittle worried about how Westbrook would react to seeing his backup get that kind of coin.

Michael Griffin got 5 years, $11.5M last year out of the #19 slot. That’s maybe a bit more reasonable.

Your second-to-last graf is an extremely important point. Our divisional opponents can sniff out a screen pass even more it occurs to Marty to call one.

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