Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Because Sean Considine Worked Out So Well

So I'm scouring over my daily website rotation when I see this headline:

"Eagles Sign Penn State Product, Local Guy Anthony Scirrotto"

Naturally, I click the link and sure enough, it says the Eagles signed Anthony Scirrotto, the boneheaded, overrated safety from Penn State who liked to stir up trouble off the field.

I still couldn't believe it, but sure enough, the Eagles have signed him.

In the big scheme of things, this signing is completely pointless and no reason to illicit much reaction — just because he was signed to the 80-man roster doesn't mean he'll actually be on the squad come the regular season, not with Nate Allen, Quintin Mikell, Quintin Demps and even Victor Harris on the roster. But there is an outside chance, and that's something I want no part of.

Scirrotto came to prominence in 2006 as a sophomore at Penn State, when he led the Big Ten in interceptions with six. This gave people the impression that Scirrotto was a good safety. In actuality, he was not. Not at all. Yes, he did have a nose for the ball in the air, somewhat of a ball-hawk mentality on passes. But he couldn't tackle, couldn't really cover (only play centerfield) and often went for picks he had no chance at getting. He was nothing more than an average at best college safety. Yet there were those six interceptions as a sophomore, and his infinite fair catches as (inexplicably) a punt returner, so people continued to proclaim him a good player.

I'm here to set the record straight as a Penn State alum who watched him play every game for the Nittany Lions. Anthony Scirrotto is not a good safety, and certainly not an NFL-caliber safety. He has all the traits of Sean Considine, minus actually getting drafted. And we all saw how that guy worked out here.

Now, Jordan Norwood and A.Q. Shipley, two other Penn Staters in Eagles camp who probably won't make the team, were actually good players in college. They at least deserve a shot. Not Scirrotto. He sucks.

BallHype: hype it up!

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