NFL betting lines intrigue continues to build for the new look Philadelphia Eagles as they begin a new era with Kevin Kolb as quarterback to spearhead a youth movement. The Eagles were a 10-6 playoff team last year but were embarrassed in their post season loss at Dallas that exposed their vulnerabilities. As a result head coach Andy Reid made the decision to revamp the roster as he got rid of numerous veterans including superstar quarterback Donovan McNabb. The roster has been injected with talented youth that is unproven but loaded with potential.
Fans can get a peak at the new look Eagles Friday night when the play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Fox TV. Kickoff is at 8:05 PM Eastern and sbg sportsbook opened with Cincinnati as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 36.
Along with McNabb longtime running back Brian Westbrook was also sent packing despite the fact that he was one of the top producers on the team for the past five years. A key defensive leader, Brian Dawkins, was shipped to the Denver Broncos.
Reid showed a lot of nerve in making the moves, which were not highly popular in the volatile Philadelphia market. It is a huge gamble on Reid’s part and if it fails to deliver wins he will quickly find himself on one of the hottest seats in the league. After Reid’s liquidation of the roster this year there are no starters remaining from the 2004 Super Bowl team that lost to New England.
Reid has always been known throughout sports betting circles as his own man, independent, and unaffected by criticism.
“I don’t care about that,” said Reid about the potential backlash. “This is about our football team, and I’m part of it. There are risks involved when you’re in a leadership position, and I’ve never been afraid of risks before. And I don’t worry about them now.”
“People consider change a risk, but sometimes change can be good.”
McNabb is 34 and was entering the last year of his contract. The Eagles would not likely be any more attractive as a team with those betting NFL preseason action than they are now anyway as many observers felt that they went as far as they could with McNabb.
Reid believes the team is better now than at the end of last year and he is ready to take the full potential heat.
“I have no problem with it,” said Reid.