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Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Triumph of Hope over Experience

The Eagles cut reserve defensive end Jerome McDougle the other day. McDougle, a fifth-year veteran and former first-round draft pick (the Eagles traded up to get him), has had an injury (and calamity) marred career. Despite his having 2 1/2 sacks in the pre-season, the Birds opted to let him go.

Enter the Giants, who lost outstanding DE Osi Umenyiora for the season (knee) and Michael Strahan to retirement. They need a DE, and their D-coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, once was the Eagles' linebackers' coach (and is only a full season removed from that job). The Giants claimed McDougle today.

Eagles' fans shouldn't despair, and Giants' fans shouldn't get giddy. The Giants are pretty desperate at the moment, and in five seasons, McDougle hasn't shown anything. At all. D-coordinator Spagnuolo is betting that McDougle, now fully healthy and in excellent shape, will demonstrate to all that he can demonstrate the ability that elevated him to such high draft status five years ago. The Eagles, on the other hand, have elected to move on. McDougle had his chances in his five seasons with the club, and he didn't take advantage of them.

Perhaps a change of scenery for the oft-injured DE will do both teams good.

1 Comments:

Blogger Temple Football Forever said...

actually, McDougle was far and away the Eagles' MVP in four preseason games ... a beast as a pass rusher and a lock-down run-stopper. I don't know what else they wanted the guy to do. He's obviously reformed his ways with his professional back to the wall and this will come back to bite the Eagles.
Meanwhile, go Owls.

8:56 PM  

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