From the man who brought you “what will we tell the children?” in response to the MCW trade, comes Angelo Cataldi’s latest gem: “At long last, Philly has a team exec not trying to ram ‘Trust the Process’ B.S. down our collective throats.”
Thank you, Howie Roseman.
After years of Philadelphia’s pro-sports teams telling the fans to wait ‘till next year, the Eagles GM made a bold move for this season — right now — when he signed the best free-agent wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery, to a one-year, $14-million deal last week.
Ah yes, finally a GM in Philadelphia has the balls to not say “Trust the Process” the way every single other GM has never said it either because it was started by fans. But let’s briefly talk more about how Howie is setting the Eagles up to win this year. Except that’s not at all what they’re doing. Doing that year after year is what buries you:
The Eagles will be better this season; there’s no question now. Barring major injuries, they are one good draft away from playoff contention, maybe even their first postseason win in seven years. Yes, they are still retooling — after all, they currently employ zero cornerbacks — but they are not conceding 2017 the way our other pro teams have so readily done.
Oh, right. They’re still retooling. Building, if you will. It’s not just an overnight thing, you know. It’s a task. A
process procedure. But at least the Eagles aren’t the other teams in town, right?
Think about it. The Phillies are still years away from the glory days of 2006-11, if indeed they ever get back there under the timid leadership of their unproven front office. The Flyers keep telling us how many great kids they have, while they keep underperforming. And the Sixers are the poster boys for tanking, now in their fourth season of bottom-feeding.
The Phillies are still at it for a few reasons. First, their former GM was constantly in win-now mode and it royally screwed the next guy, Matt Klentak (who Cataldi wants fired). Plus baseball prospects can be so hit or miss that rebuilds – even when done right – often take a long time. The Flyers’ issues can be tied into coaching or GMing, depending on who you listen to, and calling the Sixers bottom-feeders strips their season of every single scrap of important context. It’s such a straw man argument that it doesn’t even hold up to the slightest breeze. Howie is also dealing with a second-year QB, a second-year coach, and a depleted secondary. And when you go hard for it every year, as Cataldi is preaching, you end up needing those Trust the Process guys.
Angelo also praises Howie for “not hedging his bets in the interest of job security,” which also describes, at the very least, Matt Klentak and Sam Hinkie.
Cataldi, who very recently lauded patience as the sign of a bad fan rather than a virtue, closed asking when other teams in this city realize “the fans deserve no less than trying to compete right now.” I assume that’ll happen right after Cataldi realizes the imaginary “true fan” in his head is nearly extinct.