Why? Why why why why!!! This man, (some question the legitimacy of that label now) Chad Johnson is not good. I wont even adress his perceived disease like presence in the locker room and on the field and on the side line and in the film room and in the cafeteria and….alright alright.
I wont go there because it is obvious, we all know he would be bad news for this team that already has a loud receiver in DeSean Jackson. But I mean the thing about DeSean is that he is not even a bad guy nor a problem (last year the only year he was). 10 is a warrior as seen in the gangster grills knock from Ed Reed where he took it, caught it, and stayed in.
Regardless, Chad is a terrible football player. I never was big on him but I will not deny him of his conquests, he was a great receiver at one time. One time….time passes, this we know, Chad catches, this we kn….eh actually I dont think he does. He failed to grasp anything on the Patriots last year and the Eagles offense is if nothing else just as complicated and demanding. Chad is relatively slow, weak, erratic, not fluent (word for this?), and his hands are not great. His route running is not what it used to be, so yeah you get it, in essence he is just a name that has trailed off.
Randy Moss you say? Randy Moss! Lets sign him…if only we could. Moss would be perfect because he is a freak of nature, Chad is not. Moss can still provide with his size and speed. Moss also is not generally a distraction unless he is malcontent and does not respect the coach. But Moss is with that team I will not name because I fear them most.
So who…who to sign because surely we need to add a reinforcement at wide out. TO? Well I mean sure he could not make the Seahawks, but neither could Kellen Winslow and he just signed with the Patriots (they got the right idea there). But we just cant do that, we cant re-sign TO, that is out of the question.
We all know where this is going…now before I tell you why we should sign Plaxico, or atleast ponder on why nobody has, I feel obligated to at least name the alternatives.
TJ Houshmandzadeh, Mark Clayton, Jeremy Shockey or Chris Cooley (Tight Ends)
I wont entertain any other alternatives, the two tight ends were named because we could go with a 3 TE set and use our smaller speed arsenal on the outside, this strategy could work and it is exciting to think about but back to Plaxico.
He is a large target, great for the red zone. When I look at our WR’s I see no size…Riley Cooper the only one. So…so maybe we just call up Marvin McNutt. But is he really a better option right now than Plaxico? Plax wants to come here, he was not an issue last year for the Jets (that I am aware of) and….heres the catch…he had EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS!!!! Why has he not been signed? Clearly there is something missing for us to not even entertain him at this point.
DeSean is dinged up, Maclin also, Riley as well…this leaves us with Damaris Johnson, Mardy Gilyard, and Jason Avant. So yes, I would argue we sign some veteran size in here whether in the form of a 6’5 wide out, or a proven TE in Shockey or Cooley, take your pick Howie.
Side bar: What if Chad was just coming to Philly to try out for the Soul?