Eagles players who should consider switching to No. 0
With the NFL’s annual owners meeting underway this week, we got our first glimpse at some of the new rules that will be instituted this season. Among them was a proposal submitted by our Philadelphia Eagles, which will allow players (except for offensive/defensive lineman) to wear the No. 0 on their jerseys.
Since the Eagles were the team to actually submit a request for this new rule, there has to be at least one player on the team who wants to switch to zero, right? It feels like the only logical reason for even proposing this amendment.
There are a handful of players who would look slick sporting a 0 on their chest. And I have a few in mind who I would love to see dawn the inaugural No. 0 in midnight green.
Here are five Eagles players who should seriously consider a number switch.
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Would it be a little excessive if Jalen Hurts switched his jersey number for the third time in four years? A little, but let’s not act like Hurts rocking No. 0 wouldn’t be a the coldest thing any of us have ever seen.
I’m a big fan of No. 1 on a quarterback, but it certainly doesn’t fit everyone. Tom Brady would have looked silly with a 1 on his chest. The same goes for a handful of recent Eagles quarterbacks. Carson Wentz in a No. 1 jersey? Yuck.
You have to have a certain level of confidence and swag in your game to wear No. 1. And the same can be said for No. 0 – which is why Hurts may be the most ideal candidate for it. He’s the leader of the team and after he signs his new contract, Hurts will officially be the new face of the Eagles franchise.
Having your face of the franchise wearing No. 0 just sounds really fun and I’m here for it.
I think No. 6 really fits Smitty. It was the number he wore in college; it’s essentially become synonymous with DeVonta Smith. But, No. 6 is not the most marketable number out there. Now, as for No. 0, that sells.
For some reason or another, Smith doesn’t get the attention he deserves. It’s probably because he plays alongside another All-Pro wideout, AJ Brown. But us Eagles fans know DeVonta Smith is a No. 1 caliber receiver.
If the quiet, reserved DeVonta Smith changed his number to 0, it would be a statement. It would be a friendly reminder to the rest of the league that DeVonta Smith is indeed one of the best pass catchers in the sport – and he knows it.
Smitty has already given his opponents nightmares with his ultra crisp route running, and he’s done it wearing the plain, uninspiring No. 6. Imagine if defenders saw No. 0 dicing up their secondary and contorting his body in mid-air to bring down the ball. Those defender will more than likely need to change their jockstraps after that encounter.
Nothing screams “I’m going to cause you immense bodily harm” like a linebacker wearing the No. 0. It’s mean. It’s intimidating. And it’s also the number Nakobe Dean should switch to.
Not only does 0 look way better on a linebacker than 17, the Eagles might secretly want Dean to switch his number. This is pure speculation, but don’t you think it would behoove the Eagles to retire No. 17 to honor Hall of Fame wideout Harold Carmichael? He was on the field at the Super Bowl representing the team. It kinda feels like the Eagles owe it to Carmichael to put his No. 17 to rest, especially when you consider all of the lesser-known Eagle greats who have had their numbers retired.
If the organization does actually want this to happen, it would make sense why they submitted this rule proposal. They just need some extra numbers so they can retire a handful of them. It adds up.
Regardless, No. 0 just fits the linebacker position. It’s an alpha number and if there’s one position on the defensive side of the ball that needs to embody that mindset, it’s linebacker.
A No. 0 Dean jersey would also sell like wildfire – and I will be one of the many who purchase it.
I have to be honest, I’m just not a huge fan of No. 14 – especially on a running back. I don’t know why I don’t like it, honestly. It just doesn’t pop for me. No. 0, however, does make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Kenny G is an up and coming player who could be with the Eagles for a long time. Long enough to become a fan favorite type of player, similar to his backfield mate Boston Scott. I’d rather see him become that guy wearing No. 0 as opposed to 14. It’s way more recognizable and it brings some flare to the backfield.
Lol, why not.
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