Friday, April 6, 2012

Poe already among legends in Eagles lore

He's Dontari Poe.
More and more - and in several sports - I'm hearing media relations types tell pro athletes they've done a "good job," or a "great job" following group interviews with reporters.

I suspect they're happy the athletes have avoided saying anything revealing about how they really feel with respect to competition at their position, the way they've been jettisoned by other teams or what they had to give up to be a part of the teams they're on.

If I was in media relations, maybe I'd be leading the same cheers.

Then there's Dontari Poe, the elite defensive tackle who visiting the Eagles Thursday.

In three weeks Poe will come off the board in the first round of the NFL draft. If he's there and the Eagles choose at 15 they'd be crazy to pass him up. This guy is talented. And it's fairly clear the public relations people won't have to coach him up. Just the opposite. The fans are going to get the real Poe. This guy could go down in Eagles lore with such walk-the-talk players as Seth Joyner, Reggie White and Andre Water.

From my brief encounter with Poe, Thursday, I get the feeling confidence isn't going to be a problem. Or honesty.

When Eagles D-line coach Jim Washburn, Poe's escort Thursday, mentioned to the media standing around that Poe was Fletcher Cox, another highly rated D-tackle, he was corrected shortly thereafter.

Fletcher Cox.
"I'm Poe," Dontari Poe said.

Let's get that straight.

You know what you can do with that Fletcher Cox stuff.

And that good interview, guy, stuff.

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