No, trading Jordan Matthews does not make sense

No, trading Jordan Matthews does not make sense

Eagles management would be better off individually eating live bees than they would be trading Jordan Matthews.

That is not an exaggeration; it is a literal blanket statement. Howie Roseman, if you're reading this, please, I beg of you, if you're even thinking of offering up JMatt in a trade, quickly remove yourself from your office, go to the nearest bee hive, and proceed to eat the bees one by one. That way, when you feel the bees stinging you both on the inside and out, you can feel comfort in knowing you didn't trade away the Eagles only competent wide receiver.

The case has been made this week, inexplicably, that the Eagles should consider trading Jordan Matthews, the former second round pick and only offensive weapon not named Zach Ertz that Carson Wentz currently has at his disposal. The argument goes like this: Matthews isn't a jaw-dropping star, he's an upcoming free agent, he wasn't taken by this current regime, and  they're likely to add wide receivers this offseason, therefore the Iggles would be smart to move him.

I honestly can't think of a more ridiculous line of thinking, and I grew up at a time when people were spray-painting hair onto their domes.

First, what would be the point? Like, best case scenario, how do the Eagles win this trade? Well, for starters, they'd have to get fair compensation, and considering JMatt was a second round pick, it seems unlikely you'd get anything higher than a third. Then, you need to count on Howie Roseman (he of Marcus Smith fame) to get that third round pick right. Then, on top of all that, you'll need to replace Matthews production, presumably with a free agent wide receiver you’d need to pay MORE than you're currently paying JMatt.

Don't you see?? THERE IS NO CONCEIVABLE WAY FOR THE EAGLES TO WIN A TRADE WHERE JORDAN MATTHEWS IS SENT PACKING. Maybe if the day after the trade, Matthews opts to retire and pursue a career as a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, THEN someone could argue Howie pulled a fast one. Otherwise, the odds of the Iggles winning a JMatt trade are about as likely as Joel Embiid playing an 82-game-season.

Yeah, okay, that last one was uncalled for. Apologies. 

But for anyone out there arguing that Matthews doesn’t make enough "big plays," please realize that not every player on the team needs to be DeSean Jackson. If you're arguing the Birds should trade Matthews because he's not a NUMBER ONE WIDE RECEIVER, I'd like to gently remind you that teams use two, sometimes three, and even (gasp!) four wide receivers on the field at once. This isn't a back-up quarterback we're talking about here; it's a guy who’s gonna play a lot of football.

And play a lot of GOOD football. With a full offseason training with Carson Wentz, and presumably a better wide receiver than Nelson "OH GAWD I DROPPED ANOTHER ONE!!" Agholor to partner with, Matthews is likely in for his best statistical season ever. 

"Well if he's really good this season, he'll leave in free agency next year." SO WHAT!? That be GREAT!! You're telling me that a year from now, the Birds could have a wideout other franchises actually covet?!? How is that not a good thing?

Well, Matthews was a Chip Kelly guy. THAT IS NOT AN ARGUMENT FOR TRADING SOMEONE AWAY. If JMatt was struggling to make the roster and was hanging at the bottom of the depth chart, then sure, being a pick of the Chippah might be a strike against him. But this is the Birds best wide receiver for the past three seasons, and it’s not even close. Ditching him would create a hole that would not be easy (or cheap) to fix.

Listen, I don't need 538 to tell me the Eagles aren't likely to win the Super Bowl this season. But to suggest they're somehow better off by trading a homegrown stud wide receiver who works hard and loves football is an argument not based in logic. Quite bluntly, trading JMatt will make this team worse. 

The whole hypothetical reminds me, oddly enough, of when the Iggles signed Nnamdi Asomugha. Try to follow me here, as I’ve inhaled a lot of Windex since then for the sole purpose of wiping Vince Young's Dream Team out of my memory. But the Birds traded for cornerback Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie AND signed Asomugha that lockout-shortened offseason, despite having stud cornerback Asante Samuel on the squad (who they planned on trading, which they eventually did). 

Meanwhile, the roster had an embarrassing number of weak-links, from the O-line (rookie Danny Watkins started) to safety (rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett started) to middle linebacker (rookies Casey Matthews and Brian Rolle both started) to kicker (Alex Henery, who I still hate).

Why is this all familiar? Because instead of focusing on the holes in the roster, the Birds putzed around and tried to upgrade in places they were already set. Just like they’d be putzing around now by trading their best wide receiver and then having to waste time and resources trying to replace him.

Oh, and who was the GM of the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles? 

Howie "I should know better" Roseman.

Building a football team is about filling holes. The Eagles are a bad team in need of building. Trading away Jordan Matthews, a proven high-quality football player, does not help this team build upward.

If Howie and the Birds brain trust thinks otherwise, they'd be better off dining at a beehive.

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

Football fans have been pretty excited about the NFL draft coming to Philadelphia but details surrounding the event have been relatively scarce.

The Mayor of Philadelphia's office released more details this afternoon about what exactly will be going on in front of the Art Museum and along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

They had said previously that they expect a record-setting 200,000 fans through the experience.

Here are some of the highlights.

The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include "interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more."

Hours for the fan experience:

Thursday, April 27: 12 pm - 11 pm

Friday, April 28: 12 pm - 11 pm

Saturday, April 29: 10 am - 6 pm

In addition to the special fan fest experience, a number of the museums in the area will be offering special discounts or even free admission.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will offer free general admission during those three days of the draft will discounts on special exhibits. The Barnes Foundation will be closed on Thursday for a special event but will maintain normal business hours (10 am - 5 pm) on Friday and Saturday. The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).

There will be a plethora of road closures starting in phases as early as April 10th. The full extent of the road closures will begin on the 25th at 12:01 am and include the following:

21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)

  *   22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)

  *   23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access only

  *   24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place
     *   Local access only

  *   Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive.
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street

  *   Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

  *   Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
     *   Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained
     *   Local access to Art Museum will be maintained

  *   Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street
     *   Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
     *   Eastbound open from 21st Street

  *   Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street
     *   Local access only (residents)

  *   I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed

From our previous post on what the Fan Fest experience will entail:

Among the NFL Draft Experience fan events:

·       Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner, which includes the Vertical Jump and 40-Yard Dash.

·       NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

·       The Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Super Bowl trophy.

·       AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.

·       NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Eagles memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans can get a digitalized Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust in their likeness.

·       College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.

·       NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.

·       NFL Network Set – Watch NFL Network analysts break down the NFL Draft.

·       ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.

·       NFL Shop at Draft – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and other exclusive Draft caps.

·       NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.

Eagles lineman to attend random fan's wedding

Eagles lineman to attend random fan's wedding

Well, if you are a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan who attended Miami University in Ohio, you’re in luck because Brandon Brooks would love to join you and your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day.

All you need to do is send a letter.

This morning, Brooks tweeted out a letter he received from fellow Miami University graduates Geoffrey Lane and his bride-to-be Marni Goldberg, inviting him to their wedding tomorrow afternoon.

Geoffrey took a shot in the dark trying to bring a celebrity to his wedding. Low risk, high reward situation.

It paid off as Brooks accepted the blind-date style invitation.

You have to wonder what Brooks might get the newlyweds as a gift. Perhaps a midnight-green toaster.

This isn’t the first time an Eagles player made someone’s day special. This past season Rookie QB Carson Wentz was tasked to complete a fan’s quiz after losing two straight games and leading in into a week-14 game against the Bengals. That game would be an embarrassing 32-14 loss

Luckily for Wentz, the five-question test from this young fan did not ask about his receiving corps or his struggles adjusting to the NFL.

Wentz responded via twitter and passed with flying colors.