Every year it seems the Eagles have a buzz word that they are selling us. This year it appears it will be continuity. I saw in an early article that the invisible man, Andy Reid, had mentioned he wanted continuity. On a recent article on the Eagles site, I saw it mentioned again. Continuity will be the saving grace for the Eagles in 2012.
Bull-loney! When they sell continuity you can be sure they aren’t talking about the players, they are talking about themselves. They’ll draft and sign free agents and kick to the curb whichever players they want. If Joe Banner and Howie Roseman can get good value on many free agents then they will go crazy bringing in new players again. I don’t fault them for that. They should look to upgrade but don’t sell us on continuity.
I also hear some rumblings about not wanting to switch from Juan (aka continuity) because starting over at defensive coordinator would be a setback. Perhaps they didn’t notice that in Mike Nolan’s first year in Denver as DC he had good success even while switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Surely they noticed Wade Phillips, hired the same year as Juan, as he immediately turned a bad Houston defense into one of the tops in the league.
The simple truth is that if you hire a good defensive coordinator he will right away have some reasonable degree of success and will have a great degree of success if you give him good personnel . These are professional I’m talking about, not converted offensive line coaches.
So I implore you, don’t spend your good money purchasing continuity from the Eagles. It’s a fraudulent concept promoted for the self-survival of the front office and coaches. And while you’re at it maybe you can get a refund on last year’s buzz word that accompanied the Castillo hire, fundamentals. Watching last year’s defense try to tackle, I’d say it was defective merchandise.
p.s. Lest you think every single post on this site will be negative I’m eagerly awaiting some positive news from the Eagles to write about. Until Juan is officially announced as the returning DC I’m allowing myself the delusion that there might be good news there soon. Of course I’m 20 pounds lighter and 15 years younger in that delusion as well :)