Only days after an ESPN report suggested that the Eagles whiffed in 2012 on trading for quarterback Colin Kaepernick and drafting quarterback Russell Wilson, Philly finally received an return on the investment made with the pick that could have given them either player.
Defensive end Vinny Curry, who made six largely unremarkable appearances as a rookie, suited up for the first time in 2013. Curry played very well, notching his first career sack.
“I think Vinny did a really nice job rushing the passer tonight,” coach Chip Kelly said after Thursday night’s game, via quotes distributed by the team. “And that’s what Vinny has done. He’s continued to develop. I was happy to get him out there. I thought Vinny did some nice things.”
While it’s impossible to know whether the decision to activate Curry was influenced by the notion that the Eagles could have had Kaepernick or Wilson with the second-round pick used to get the pass rusher from Marshall, the Eagles have been conspicuously quiet about Adam Schefter’s report that they bailed on trading for Kaepernick, built their draft in 2012 around getting Wilson, and then opted to pass on Wilson twice in round two — apparently assuming (ass, you me) that Wilson would be available when the Eagles picked in round three.
It’s unclear how the story originated. Given the changes in Philly since April 2012, it could have been leaked by former coach Andy Reid, by former CEO Joe Banner, or by G.M. Howie Roseman. Earlier this year, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie accused Banner of privately bashing Roseman.
On the surface, the report makes the Eagles appear to be ahead of the curve for spotting the potential in Kaepernick and Wilson. At a deeper level, it makes the Eagles look foolish for not getting either guy with one of the picks that became Curry and linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
There’s also a chance it could have been leaked by new coach Chip Kelly, who may be wishing after last night’s game that he had either Kaepernick or Wilson under center.
Then again, if Philly had gotten either guy, Reid probably would have been coaching him to a victory last night. For the Eagles.