Linebacker is Still An Afterthought

For years Andy Reid and company have treated the linebacker position like it almost doesn’t matter. With a gaping hole at LB this year, you’d think maybe, just maybe, they’d wake up. But nothing they have done this off-season indicates they can or will change their ways. Retaining Juan Castillo is the poster child for their stubbornness. If you needed further proof, there’s this: “Eagles interested in Dan Connor.

Not Stephen Tulloch, not Curtis Lofton, not London Fletcher, not even Kirk Morrison or one of the Minnesota Hendersons. Dan Connor. He of one career sack, one forced fumble, one pass defensed. For his career. Those are the three tangible stats that Eagles linebackers have been unable to put up the past few years, and Connor is somehow even worse than the current crop of LBs. Part of his lack of production can be explained through injuries. He’s been in the league 4 years and spent 2 of them on IR, with a torn ACL in 2008 and a hip injury in 2010. But in the 19 games he started the past two seasons (none prior) he’s been as “productive” as Moise Fokou. Obviously this is not the kind of player the Eagles need, but lackluster production and injury histories have never stopped this team from signing or drafting a guy. Connor isn’t a legitimate starter, and at 26 he isn’t likely to become one. He’s another Mark Simoneau, but with some size.

Joy.

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