Gonna be a long week.
Heck, gonna be a long year.
With all the wheeling and dealing done by Eagles de facto GM Howie Roseman this offseason ultimately yielding the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft, we now get an infinitesimal array of opinions, strategies and Ponzi-type schemes as to what the team did, how they did it, now will do, how they’ll do it and what it will all mean.
Not just in regards to the actual selection, but the individuals it may affect, the careers it may alter.
If you listen closely enough, a faint, paraphrased reprisal of some Andy Reid speak probably can be heard wafting through the region:
Convoluted rationalizations, time’s yours.
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, you learn you haven’t.
Did you know the Birds bounced up from 13th to eighth to their current spot all for the right to draft NOT one of the two supposed future “franchise” quarterbacks, but rather Ohio State running Ezekiel Elliott, and were so devious and diabolical in their planning that they didn’t let incumbent starting QB Sam Bradford in on it, just so he wouldn’t spill the beans?
You know, because it’s always a smart move to hoodwink a guy into re-signing with the team, and tell him you really value what he brings to the table and that he’s “your guy” … only to maneuver in maniacal fashion to get in position to apparently grab his replacement.
His frustration and sense of betrayal supposedly to be diffused by some relief that the ingenious misdirection crafted by Roseman was meant, all along, to get him all the weapons he’d need in order to succeed.
Ummm, yeah. Seems completely viable.
Could just as well insert Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil into the aforementioned Elliott role, too … right?
Not for nothing, but the things being put out there range from improbable to the laughable.
Just always on the extreme plane.
That’s the thing, you’re not hearing any such talk as the Eagles staying put now, having the guy fall to them that everyone believes they want, they choose him … and he has an incredibly average career. Say, oh, pretty much the same as Sam Bradford.
Which is probably a more realistic, NFL flow chart projection for either Carson Wentz, the apple of the Eagles’ collective eye, or Jared Goff.
Instead, we’re hearing about playoffs this upcoming season, Super Bowls in future ones, or the apocalypse for the entire organization, with Wentz, Goff and even Bradford at times being portrayed as the lead.
Me? Heck, still hoping the Eagles shock the world and take the best QB available in the draft – Paxton Lynch.
Yo, a dude can dream, can’t he? Just ask Howie … before he makes his next deal and extends this week any longer.
At least it’s entertaining.