It’s sometimes funny to watch Philadelphia Eagles fans argue about how much more they know than general managers sometimes. It’s even more hilarious that some of them think they can coach because they can play Madden, but that doesn’t mean that an NFL team’s brass can’t get it wrong on occasion.
Only the Good Lord in Heaven knows why Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie couldn’t see that Justin Jefferson was better than Jalen Reagor, why they took JJ Arcega-Whiteside over D.K. Metcalf or, even worse, why Jim Schwartz couldn’t take Nathan Gerry off of the field.
Jim Schwartz hasn’t forgotten more about coaching than most of us will ever know. Howie Roseman is a better general manager than most of us could ever be, but sometimes, gosh darn it, it just doesn’t feel like it. Look no further than what just happened in the Bay Area if you need some evidence.
Here’s a serious question after the 49ers waive the former Philadelphia Eagles LB.
Well, that didn’t take long! The last time most Philadelphia Eagles fans saw Nathan Gerry he was being placed on the injured reserve. That was October 30th of 2020. The most recent free-agency frenzy arrived, and he was allowed to test the waters. The San Francisco 49ers fished him out of a very large pool of available talent on March 29th, signing him to a one-year, $990K contract.
No one in the Birds fan base batted an eyelash. Gerry tallied 163 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, ten pass breakups, and three interceptions in an Eagles jersey (if you include what he did in the playoffs), but he’s more remembered for being beaten by better athletes, especially in pass coverage, being out of position more often than not, and giving up a ton of big plays, especially in 2020.
It’s July 6th at the time of this story being written and published, and they’ve already found some buyer’s remorse. Nathan Gerry has been waived and tossed back into the pool of available free agents, and though we don’t want to kick a man while he’s down, one serious question needs to be asked.
If San Fran could figure out that this guy couldn’t play in a little over three months, why on Planet Earth did it take four years for Jim Schwartz and the Eagles as an organization to realize the same thing? To this day, this is still one of life’s unsolved mysteries.
Still, if you’re wondering why it takes this team so long to move on from guys like Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and the ‘White Snake’, don’t worry you’re not alone. The Philadelphia Eagles seem to be just as confused as you are.