So we're less than 24 hours from kickoff of Week One. Whew. Long offseason. Many words written, many friends bored by my long-winded monologues in re: the Birds. Yet as we approach the end of the offseason and the start of the actual season, the guy who was the most important part of the Eagles' offseason -- at least in terms of team resource allocation, which is a pretty honest metric -- is barely a storyline.
Asante Samuel, take a bow. You sir, are a PR and marketing genius!
How else to explain the complete absence of Samuel storylines and associated Pressures heading into Week One? You'd think that $57 million would get your name in the papers a bit more, but what with the wideout drama, Donovan McNabb's tenth anniversary in Philly, and even the drama that Samuel himself indirectly caused (Litogate), Asante Samuel is pretty low-profile.
Shouldn't we be demanding a certain number of interceptions, if not touchdowns, from this high-priced addition? And wasn't Samuel supposed to be doing weekly pressers with the other expensive veterans? How has he managed to distract us so?
Well I'm not distracted. This dude's getting paid a ton of cash, his presence has gotten Drew Rosenhaus some extra attention, and the Birds' defense needs to cause some turnovers this year. Consider me the peanut gallery of one on Samuel. Let's see it, Asante. You may be under the radar with the media, but nothing escapes the all-seeing eyes of the Philly fans. And remember, the boos are NEVER that far away.