The Eagles are stuck in a time warp.
Two weeks after Super Bowl XLII in February, stories started circulating that they were going to (or should absolutely try to) pursue an unhappy receiver from the Arizona Cardinals.
Now, we're a little more than two weeks away from the start of the 2008 regular season, and stories are circulating that the Eagles should absolutely try to pursue an unhappy receiver from the Arizona Cardinals.
Only the name of the unhappy receiver has changed.
In February, it was Larry Fitzgerald who was in a contract dispute with the team whose tradition is far more desolate than the thriving desert it plays in.
Now, it's Anquan Boldin who is unhappy with his contract and demanding a trade.
The news out of the NovaCare Complex yesterday - Kevin Curtis is having surgery today to repair the dreaded sports-hernia injury - seemed to make the Eagles' need for a star receiver even greater than it was a day earlier.
Here are the most important things you need to know about the Eagles' possible efforts to make a deal for Boldin: The Cardinals are not interested in trading him, and they are not interested in acquiring equally unhappy cornerback Lito Sheppard.
It is the same story that unfolded with Fitzgerald. The only way for the Eagles to change the outcome is to make the Cardinals an offer so sweet - a No. 1 draft pick in 2009 and a player other than Sheppard? - they could not refuse.
Andy Reid's message to Eagles fans after revealing Curtis' injury: All is well. Remain calm. The world is not ending.
"It won't be a threat to what we do," the coach said in that matter-of-fact monotone he has mastered during his tenure here. "Other guys will have to step up for the time that [Curtis] is out. We'll be fine there."
While most Eagles fans were interested in adding a receiver before Curtis went down, Reid continued to insist he was not interested in adding another receiver even after losing a guy who had 77 catches for 1,110 yards and scored eight touchdowns a year ago.
"No," he said when asked if he had considered bringing in help at what has long been the most-debated position on the Eagles' roster.
Reid also said, "Not right now, no," when asked if he was interested in veteran receiver Joe Horn, who was just released by the Atlanta Falcons. There's no real reason the Eagles should be interested in a 36-year-old whose best years - but not defensive backs - are behind him.
It truly is amazing how the debate about the Eagles almost always focuses upon the wide receivers. At the moment, it is the topic that deserves the most discussion.
Exactly how long Curtis will be sidelined will not be answered until after surgeon William Meyers gets a look at his sports hernia today. We don't need a doctor to tell us that the Eagles' history with this injury is grim.
Check on Donovan McNabb's 2005 season and L.J. Smith's 2007 season, and you'll know that this injury tends to linger longer than a 15-shot hangover. The Eagles, by the way, finished at the bottom of the NFC East in both those seasons.
Add that Reggie Brown, the Eagles' top receiver in 2006, has a strained right hamstring, and there is plenty of reason to be concerned about this team even if the head coach swears he is not.
Reid is counting on Hank Baskett and Greg Lewis to replace Curtis on the left side of McNabb, with rookie DeSean Jackson getting the start on the right side in tomorrow night's preseason game against the New England Patriots. Brown, according to Reid, is expected back in time for the Sept. 7 season opener against the St. Louis Rams.
McNabb declined comment about his injury-depleted receiving corps, but it is hard to imagine he was doing cartwheels on the circular driveway in front of the home where his former receiver and Moorestown neighbor Terrell Owens used to live.
If you were looking for good news from the NovaCare Complex yesterday, it was this: McNabb is moving well, and Brian Westbrook is happy and healthy.
Now you can go back to debating whether the Eagles are good enough at wide receiver to be Super Bowl contenders.
The answer, at the moment, is no.