What Would Buddy Do?
A canticle for Tony Hunt; old memes die hard
Posted on October 15th, 2008 at 12:09 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

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Much to the dismay of Derek at Igglesblog (who will now have not only a defunct Tony Hunt #29 Eagles jersey in his closet but also a pair of brand-new Tony Hunt uniform pants — I told him not to get the pants), the Eagles have cut their third-round pick from a year ago, consigning Tony Hunt to the waiver wire midway through the 2008 season.

It was a pretty surprising move for the Birds, considering they drafted Hunt just a year ago and used a third-round pick on him.  The closest analogy that I can draw from a roster perspective was the abrupt Matt McCoy cut from a year ago (but that seemed to be related to a cheap shot from McCoy on the field as well as overall underperformance), in that McCoy was a recent second-round pick. 

Particularly shocking for me is the fact that this move solidifies Lorenzo Booker’s role on the team as the third running back.  YIKES!  This is Donovan McNabb’s career we’re talking about here!

Was Hunt the right guy for the Eagles?  Probably not — he was always bigger than he was quick, didn’t seem to pick up the blocking assignments the way he needed to, and wasn’t a classically trained receiver. 

Of course, before we go too far down Route Told-You-So, let us take a moment to reflect upon one of the great fan memes from recent Eagles history: The Eagles Need A Big Back ™.  While not as durable as The Eagles Need A Number-One Wideout ™ and The Eagles Need To Run The Ball More ™, The Eagles Need A Big Back ™ did enjoy a fair amount of attention in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.  Drafting Hunt quieted that meme for a while, and his dismissal should probably kill it forever.  

(Of course, the acknowledgement that Brian Westbrook is the best player on the team and possibly the best back in the NFL also does a lot to quiet those rumors – we used to debate whether B-West was an every-down back.  Amember that?)

We’ll miss you, Tony Hunt.  Please don’t sign with a division opponent.  That’s really annoying when that happens.    

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