Your Eagles Christmas Wish List
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — This is the season where you're supposed to realize that giving is far more rewarding than receiving and no one understands that more than Santa Claus, who quite possibly has the toughest job description in history when you consider the pure logistics of his calling.
Sources in the North Pole, however, say he should be circling South Philadelphia early Friday morning at about 4:00 AM and they provided 973espn.com with an exclusive look at some of the requests Saint Nicholas got from One NovaCare Way as the Eagles prepare for their post-holiday, do-or-die encounter with DeSean Jackson and the Washington Redskins.
What's actually going to be left under the tree, however, is anyone's guess and Krampus certainly remains in play for a number of those players who skewed toward the naughty side of the scale.
So, without further adieu, here's what we found out:
Sam Bradford: Three consecutive healthy seasons in a pro-style offense with some legitimate NFL weapons.
DeMarco Murray: A first-class ticket back to North Texas.
Darren Sproles: Five inches and 40 pounds so he can be a bell-cow back.
Jordan Matthews: Cris Carter's hands.
Josh Huff: A modicum of route-running ability.
Nelson Agholor: The ability to forget his rookie season.
Zach Ertz: The blocking skills of Mark Bavaro.
Jason Kelce: 15 added pounds with the same athleticism.
Matt Tobin: The ability to pass block like he run blocks.
Jason Peters: He got his present early, a reputation-based Pro-Bowl selection.
Fletcher Cox: The realization that he is the best five-technique in football not named J.J. Watt.
Bennie Logan: An interior push on the pass rush that's half as good as his run-stopping ability.
Vinny Curry: A 4-3 defensive scheme.
Taylor Hart: The lead in the remake of "The Invisible Man." After all, he's already got that role down pat.
Mychal Kendricks: The football IQ to match his athleticism.
Kiko Alonso: A move to outside linebacker where his lack of physicality would not hurt him quite as much.
Marcus Smith: A new address where the coaches haven't made up their minds on him.
Byron Maxwell: The coverage skills to match his contract.
Malcolm Jenkins: The Pro Bowl berth he so richly deserved.
Walter Thurmond: The long-term contract he has earned.
Howie Roseman: A framed replica of DeMarco Murray's contract.
Bill Davis: A boss that doesn't actively try to make his job more difficult.
Chip Kelly: the ability to "know what he doesn't know" and realize that no one accomplishes anything in professional football without some help.
Jeffrey Lurie: Bruce Arians
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen