Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie didn’t take the trip to Morgantown, West Virginia last week just because he had some free time or wanted to do some sight seeing. He was there because the Birds are taking a long, hard look at Mountaineers signal caller Geno Smith and they’re seriously considering drafting him. It wasn’t a coincidence that Lurie decided to make the trip.
“I don’t know that we want to get into specifics about who’s coming to the trips with us,” Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman said when asked about Lurie’s presence on the trip. “We’re going to see a lot of people here in the next few weeks. We’re going to make sure that we get as much information as possible to make the No. 4 pick in the draft the right one for the Philadelphia Eagles.”
For years, Lurie has talked about the importance of a franchise quarterback. Numerous times during his years as owner of the Birds, he has expounded on the correlation between franchise quarterbacks and Super Bowl titles. He hasn’t changed despite the fact that he’s changed coaches.
There’s an excitement in his voice and mannerisms when he starts talking about a “Franchise Quarterback”. Some guys are weak to long legs, other have problems resisting healthy breasts, while others can’t walk away from a big butt. All you guys know what I’m talking about. Sometimes it can make a guy break all the rules.
Jeffrey Lurie loves “Franchise Quarterbacks”. I think he probably has pictures of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers on his computer. “Franchise Quarterbacks” turn this owner on.
In addition, Lurie and Roseman as well as head coach Chip Kelly know that they probably don’t have the quarterback on their roster who is going to lead them into the future. Michael Vick has taken a tremendous beating the last couple of years and he’s 33 years old. Nick Foles is young but he isn’t mobile. Dennis Dixon knows the offense, but he has barely been able to play in the league. We all know Trent Edwards isn’t the guy. G.J. Kinne has been brought in as fodder for the Eagles defense during training camp.
Smith and his outstanding skills are hard to ignore. He can make every throw and he does it like a future superstar. That ball looks so good coming out of his hand. Smith throws a gorgeous, tight spiral with heat on it on the slant routes. His delivery is quick and precise.
He takes the heat off the ball and puts some air under it on fade routes. At times his footwork is sloppy, but he’s got a beautiful touch. The former Mountaineer throws a great deep ball and he’s also able to fit in that corner route to wide receivers outside the numbers.
Smith was mostly a pocket passer in college, but he was running versions of the read option while at West Virginia and when he pulls the ball down to run with it, he looks like a RGIII, Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick, smooth, fast and quick. Remember he blazed a 4.59 at the combine.
You know that got Kelly’s attention. He can tell a hundred times that he will tailor an offense to the talent of his players, but in his dreams at night, the quarterback has great speed.
Just like it’s hard for a dude who loves blondes to resist taking a long look at one, it’s going to be difficult for Lurie and the Eagles to resist drafting Smith. His stock has been climbing since his strong showing the NFL Combine and he must have put a pretty good performance for the Birds in Morgantown on Monday.
“Obviously, he’s an impressive guy,” Roseman said yesterday when asked about their evaluation of Smith.
“You’re going through the process, you’re trying to get as much information as possible,” Roseman said. “I can’t comment on anybody else’s draft board, and at this point I can’t comment on ours.”
“We’re going to look at anybody and everybody to see if we can win games,” Kelly said. “Does that mean we’re going to draft a quarterback in the draft? I don’t know.”
Remember what I said, Lurie dreams of “Franchise Quarterbacks” every night.