Clark Judge, columnist on cbs.sportsline.com seems to think that Eddie George would be a perfect fit for the Eagles. Here are some of his thoughts:
The Eagles would be as perfect for George as George would be for the Eagles. He grew up around Philadelphia, attending Abington High School before transferring to Fort Union (Va.) Military Academy after his sophomore year, and was a crowd favorite when he returned there in 2000 to dissect the Eagles for 101 yards in his only Philadelphia appearance.
So there's a comfort zone there for George. But there's one for the Eagles, too, who could use George to replace Duce Staley.
Staley was the first-down back who yielded to Brian Westbrook or Correll Buckhalter, depending on the down, distance or time of the game, and the plan worked beautifully a season ago: Philadelphia's average of 4.8 yards a carry was second only to Green Bay in the NFL, and their 26 rushing TDs were second only to Kansas City ... OK, Priest Holmes.
"George would be perfect for the Eagles," said one scout, "because they can't go through the season relying on Westbrook. He'll get hurt again. And Buckhalter is little more than adequate."
Now I know what you're thinking: Why would Eddie George succeed there when he struggled in Tennessee, with a 3.3-yards-per-carry average that last year tied for last among the league's top 50 backs? I'll give you three reasons:
-The Eagles' offensive line is more physical;
-The Eagles have a decent lead blocker in fullback Jon Ritchie;
-The Eagles can lean on other weapons than just Steve McNair, with Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens the most notable.
Sure, George is winding down. You would, too, if you were called on to run 2,733 times in eight years -- or an average ... an average ... of 342 times per season. You know how many backs had more carries last year? I do. Five. Which is why Philadelphia makes even more sense. Split the carries among George, Westbrook and Buckhalter, and they all benefit.
I vastly agree with Clark on this one. Lets face it, Correll Buckhalter is not that great. If Westbrook goes down, the Eagles are in trouble. George would not have to carry the ball 300+ times any more, which would tremendously benefit him.