While the Packers have gone about their usual ways of signing undrafted rookies and their own free agents, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken a different approach. In the blur that has been the first week of free agency since the lockout ended, the Eagles swooped in (pun intended) and gathered up many of the big name free agents of the 2011 class. Nnmadi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins (that stings a little), Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie, Vince Young and Jason Babin are all new members of the team. NFL.com this morning already declared this a “dream team.”
My question to Reid, the Eagles and the NFL media is this: Have you learned nothing from the Miami Heat?
Yes, the Heat made it to the NBA Finals but they lost in six games which really is all that matters. The Heat, with their “big three” lost to a team that was truly a better team than they were.
Sure, the Eagles added a lot of superstars but are they truly the best team in the NFC? My answer is no.
In fact, the Eagles have set the stage for the true best team in the NFC to fly under the radar and make a run at Super Bowl XLVI. It just so happens that this team is the defending world champions.
Thanks to the big splashes made by the Eagles in free agency, the Packers are now in an ideal situation with everyone fawning and drooling over what Andy Reid and company have accomplished in such a short period of time. As crazy as it sounds, the Packers now have the element of surprise in their corner and they are (it bears repeating) THE DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPIONS.
It’s obvious Packers coach Mike McCarthy will use the Eagles’ spending spree to his team’s advantage. His team is suddenly yesterday’s news despite winning the Lombardi Trophy six months ago. It’s rare that a team defending its title goes from hunted to the hunter, but that’s what the Green Bay Packers have become.
Aaron Rodgers and company must be salivating. A few short months after having everyone sing his praises, Rodgers suddenly finds himself on the back page. One would think the rest of the NFL should have learned by now what happens when you scorn Aaron Charles Rodgers but apparently they haven’t.