A thought has been rolling around in my head for the past week. I'm starting to believe that where there is smoke there is a little fire in the "Andy Reid demands more control over the personal decisions" that were floating around and quickly denied by the Eagles front office and Andy Reid. The high demand for a coach like Jeff Fisher, a coach with equivalent credentials to Reid, and the rumors that there were teams, San Diego for one, ready to pounce if Reid was cut free could easily emboldened Reid to make such a power play. I'm coming to the conclusion that just such a power play occurred and that Reid was successful in regaining some of the power that he had lost.
To me the evidence is right there for everyone to see. The Eagles activity during last years Free Agent signing period was so atypical to how the Eagles had done their business during Reid's tenure that it cries out that someone else was running the show. The moves last year were obviously, we know now, not the type of moves that build a a complete and competent team, as the Redskins have shown over the years, but the moves of a neophyte who comes at the task from an almost fan like perspective. Oh and by the way we have a neophyte GM in Howie Roseman. Compare that to the moves made this year. This year the Eagles have given raises to and extended the contracts of key veterans, they placated their mercurial WR with a long term contract, and made a low risk high reward trade for Ryans. On paper these moves don't substantially improve the team, except the Ryans trade, but they are the type of moves that show the players that performance is rewarded and may substantially improve the mood in the locker room. These seem to me the type of moves that would be made by someone who is in the locker room on a daily basis ala Andy Reid.
What all this tells me is that Andy Reid has regained his Juice within the organization and that we are going to return to the ways Reid ran the team when he had complete control. It also tells me that anyone who thinks Andy Reid will be one and done without a deep playoff run is probably wrong. i think Reid could easily survive another 8-8 or 9-7 season with perhaps no more than a conversation in the offices of Lurie and Banner.
So what does that tell us about the upcoming draft? As we've seen Reid highly values the quarterback position and is willing to draft one even when picking a QB runs counter to the majority of the fans opinions evidenced in the choice of McNabb over Ricky Williams and trading out of the first round to put himself in position to get the QB he wanted in Keven Kolb. Reid also has an eye to future team need as much as present ones such as picking two players, in Sheldon Brown and Lito Shepard, that rarely saw the field or were needed the year he drafted them. Keeping that in mind, I would not be surprised if Reid did one of two things in the upcoming draft; Either trade up to obtain Ryan Tannehill, if Reid sees him as the QB of the future or trading down in order to gain ammunition in the 2013 draft to grab one of the QBs in that crop.