Philadelphia Eagles 2009-10 Preview

Dan KellyContributor IMay 4, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 1: First round draft pick wide receiver Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles practices during minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on May 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

How does a team that fell short in the NFC Championship game possibly get better in the offseason? Apparently, Andy Reid and Joe Banner know the answer and are still in the process of letting us in on it.

The all-business front office has been just that this spring. The signing of Stacy Andrews and acquisition of Jason Peters coupled with Shawn Andrews' return from back surgery has turned an aging offensive line into a stout group that may well be the best in the league and could continue to be for the next five or so years.

Donovan McNabb would like more weapons? He must have thought it was Christmas on draft day. A future No. 1 WR who should be able to contribute this year in the passing and return game, a backup RB who no doubt will become the heir apparent to Brian Westbrook, and a physically freakish TE who could be just the big red zone threat this team has been lacking.

Defensively, the big story was the departure of Brian Dawkins, the heart and soul of this team. Brian would be the first to tell you he has lost a step over the years but his voice in the locker room was his biggest asset and multiple players will have to step in to fill that leadership void.

The coaching staff is very high on Quentin Demps, who looked good, minus getting torched by Larry Fitzgerald, but who doesn't get torched by Fitz? Free agent Sean Jones will compete with Demps for playing time.

A disgruntled Lito Shepperd was shipped to the NYJ—addition by subtraction. Now Sheldon Brown is in a similar situation and it will be interesting to see how it pans out. Just in case, Ellis Hobbs was acquired via trade on draft day and is a more than capable starting CB.

On paper this team is the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Scary thing is, the majority said the same thing about the Dallas Cowboys last year.