A Defense of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Personnel Moves

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Published: March 11, 2009


... Banner, Andy Reid, Tom Heckert, and Howie Roseman have taken the heat before, but have always come out cooler than ever.

Will that be the case this year in an extremely emotional offseason?

Emotions aside, let's take a look at the departures from the Eagles' 2008 roster.


RT Jon Runyan, 35 years old, Starter

The Good:

I hold the highest respect and admiration for Jon Runyan. I believe Runyan may have been more important to the Eagles' success this decade than even Donovan McNabb.

Runyan set the example for all other linemen to play alongside him for the rest of his years here in Philly. He brought a certain attitude to the Eagles that they had been lacking.

He was mean, tough, and reliable. He was intelligent and always a catalyst along the line.

While Tra Thomas (who we'll get to later) was the first piece to turning around what was a revolving door for Philadelphia's offensi...

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