LOT has happened in the 24 hours. For one thing I haven’t slept yet. Oh yeah, and then of course, yesterday 14 EAGLES players learned that their dreams of playing in the NFL may be totally dead, when they were cut from the roster in the first of two waves of cutdowns (August 26th and August 30th).
None of the guys who were cut were big losses for the team, but there’s something about these cuts that’s really irritating me. Most of my followers already know what it is.
It’s the Ducks.
No! You know what? It’s not the Ducks. It’s the blatant favoritism shown by Chip Kelly towards the Ducks (his former players). It’s not production that has kept them here, so let’s not delude ourselves into thinking this is a “comfort level with the system” thing. In fact, let me get you some examples.
Of the players cut here’s how they matched up against their Oregon counterparts who still have jobs:
Josh Kaddu Jake Knott
Knott was cut due to a numbers crunch and an upcoming 4 week PED suspension, but in each of these cases, the guys cut out performed at least one of the Oregon guys who got to stay. This wrong. merit is not deciding these battles.
Maybe it’s the caffeine talking, but if you add to this the continued benching of Vinny Curry (just because DC Bill Davis keeps underestimating him), it feels a lot like we may not be putting our best guys on the field. If we can do that and manage to still win the division, hey who am I to argue? But if we fall short this year with all of these iffy players on the roster, Kelly shouldn’t be allowed a 3rd year here.