Flash back to September 9, 2007. It was last year's season opener. The Eagles lost to the Packers 16-13. There were many reasons why the Eagles lost the game, but the most obvious goofs came on special teams. The Punt Returners couldn't catch the ball. Reed and Lewis were pathetic at best.
Despite the ineptitude of the PRs, the loss was the fault of Reid. The entire off-season the team put all their return faith in the abilities of Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom. Bloom ended up being cut and Reid saw it fit to just make anyone the PR. Such thinking put the Eagles in a 0-1 hole to begin the season.
Fast forward to August 30, 2008. Tony Hunt makes the 53 man roster as the team's lone fullback. This is despite Hunt only learning the position a few weeks back. His total in-game experience at FB is 2 preseason games. And if the inexperience wasn't enough, Hunt also appears to be carrying a less than enthusiastic attitude about being moved from HB to FB. This is a recipe for a disaster. It instantly brings back images of the 2007 season opener.
Reid again thinks he can put anyone into a position and they will be OK. I understand that the FB does not have a major role in the Eagles offense. If the FB is lucky they might see action on 20-30 percent of the offensive snaps. Their main role is to block and perform well on special teams.
It is the blocking part that scares me greatly. Yes Hunt can run. But at this point he is a mediocre blocker at best. And if history repeats itself, Reid's ignorance is going to come back and bit the Eagles right on the ass, this time in the form of a missed block and McNabb or Westbrook getting injured.
Here's hoping that the waiver wire has a real FB out there for the Eagles. Sorry Hunt, I'd rather you be a wasted 3rd round draft pick then the cause of an injury to #36 or #5.