Sometimes I feel sorry for Dave Spadaro. He has an impossible job, especially when the Eagles have done something that really riles up the masses. They send their Web site czar out to take withering abuse, though he had nothing to do with the decision they made.
I stop feeling sorry when Dave does stuff like he did today, labeling his series of interview snippets with Andy Reid “a wide-open, anything-goes forum.” C’mon, Dave. Andy, who hasn’t answered any questions from the media since free agency began (except ones about Stacy Andrews) was not available to you exclusively because he was looking forward to grappling with the tough questions. And it’s probably no coincidence that this interview neatly undercuts the impact of Reid’s NFL-mandated appearance next week at the owner’s meetings, where he will face actual reporters who don’t work for the team, some of them sent there at great expense by Philadelphia news outlets.
The first installment of Dave’s inquiries contains one nugget of actual news. Apparently, Quintin Demps will get first crack at the free safety spot vacated by Brian Dawkins. The assumption had been that after signing Sean Jones, a starting-quality strong safety, the Birds might move Quintin Mikell to free safety and let Demps work in another year as a sub.
“We feel like we've groomed Quintin Demps to step in and fill that position. If that doesn't work out, we've signed a couple of free agents in Sean Jones and Rashad Baker that we think are good football players,” Reid said. “Are any of them Brian Dawkins? Well, no, it's not fair to compare any of them to Brian right now. But they are young guys who have the opportunity to try and strive to be as good Brian has been."