Eagles Facing a Make-Or-Break 2010: Shawn Andrews

Written By Bob Cunningham On Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 is a make-or-break season for Shawn Andrews.

Due to his immense talent, Shawn Andrews has been given chance after chance. He's blown the last two, and now a lot of people in the Philly area are calling for Shawn's head. It seems as though he's officially worn out his welcome in this city, and could be on the way out.

But then that issue of his immense talent creeps back up. There's not a doubt in anyone's mind -- or my mind, at least -- that if Shawn can come back healthy for 2010 that he instantly becomes not only the Eagles' best lineman, but one of the best in the league.

He's phenomenal run and pass blocking, and brings an attitude that ripples through the rest of the group.

The other thing helping Andrews keep his name above a locker on the NovaCare complex is that he's not making much money in 2010. About $1 million is all the Eagles will have to shell out to keep Shawn on the roster and just hope he returns to his old form.

If he can, it's well worth the money.

However, if Andrews is once again hurt -- mentally or physically -- and unable to contribute to the team, he will most certainly find himself in a different uniform in 2011. The Eagles fans seem to already be losing, or have lost, their patience with Andrews, and the Eagles coaching staff is only a few steps behind.

He's only played in two games over the past two years, and each year has left the Birds scrambling to find his replacement at the last minute, so it's no wonder that the fans and coaching staff are beginning to turn on him.

The team brought in his former college roommate and teammate from his days at Arkansas, and then also went out and signed his brother to play next to him on the line. Those guys come with the added benefit of being very good football players, but a key motivator was the relationship those guys have with Shawn.

Of course, Stacy has been a disappointment in his own right, and will certainly have his day in this series.

He has said that he would like to produce, if for no other reason than to thank Andy Reid for believing in him as long as he has. It's good that he's got some motivation, but he's also got to know that Reid's loyalty and belief in him can only go so far.

Shawn has been the subject of some heavy debate amongst the fans, and I'm sure the coaching staff as well, but if he doesn't produce in 2010 it's safe to say that there won't be much debate as to whether or not to keep him around for 2011.

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