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Listen, I am all for promoting competition at every position. I can even recognize the value that a guy like Brian Westbrook could potentially provide a team with on 3rd downs. His resume is accomplished--he has proven himself in this league.
But do we have to bring in any more players that I have spent so many years wishing bad things upon? Fine, Donovan McNabb is an upgrade over Jason Campbell. I get it. I am getting comfortable with it. I am getting used to the idea that we have a potential Hall of Famer under center. The fact that he was an Eagle still chafes me. But I understand the nature of the NFL today and I am trying to be a grown-up here. Do Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have to do everything in their power to discover the outer reaches of my new-found maturity?
Fine, I'll say it. I don't want Brian Westbrook. I could hide behind his concussions. I could hide behind his age. I could hide behind his lack of completing a full season in the NFL...EVER. But would that be fair to the literally tens of you out there who
have grown to respect my opinion... have heaped your praise on me...have refrained from letter bombing my residence?
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I don't want any more Eagles. I am fine with Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker. I want to see what Ryan Torain brings to the table. I want to see what Maurice Greer has in his tank. We have a saying around the Meringolo household for situations like this: "Let the St. Louis Rams deal with it." Or something like that.
I know that in these tough times, we need to open our hearts and minds to new ideas and foster an environment that allows for these new ideas to reshape our franchise. But this is still the NFL...not a Care Bears Christmas Movie. Inherent in our fanaticism for both the sport and our favorite team is the idea that there shall always be somebody to hate...despise...root against...whatever you want to call it. I do not want to root for Brian Westbrook. (For full disclosure, on top of everything else, he went to my rival high school. I went to Bishop McNamara and he went to DeMatha.)
So please...stop the insanity. We have enough aging running backs looking to prove their worth on the field. Is it that necessary to add another one? Is it that necessary to add another Eagle? Can we put a moratorium on adding any more players that spent their whole career tormenting us within our own division?
Oh yeah, and he has had a ton of concussions, is 30 years old and has never finished a full season in the NFL.
Image from 6 months ago: Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (36) walks off the field after being injured in the first quarter of the NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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