Philadelphia Looks to Fly Away With NFC East For Sixth Time

Brian HagbergContributor IMay 29, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 1: Running back Brian Westbrook #36 (R) stands on the sideline with second round draft pick running back LeSean McCoy #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles during minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on May 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Over the last three seasons the NFC East has arguably been the toughest division in the NFL.  2009 has the division beginning with tough questions facing every team, and no clear front-runner for the division crown.

Both the Giants and Cowboys have major questions at wide receiver heading into training camp, and the Redskins may have alienated their quarterback, Jason Campbell, by entering into both the Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez discussions.

The Eagles appear to be the most solid team heading into camp, but it remains to be seen how the team will handle life without FS Brian Dawkins and, for now at least, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

Many are saying that the window is rapidly closing for head coach Andy Reid and QB Donovan McNabb to win a Super Bowl.  After an eventful offseason in which the Eagles made some major offensive upgrades (acquiring Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters from Buffalo and drafting WR Jeremy Maclin and RB LeSean McCoy) it appears as though Reid and the Philadelphia front office are focused on winning now.

If the Eagles can find someone to fill the emotional void left by Dawkins, and avoid major injuries, then a second straight playoff berth should be a forgone conclusion.  It would be hard to argue that, at this moment, Philadelphia is the leading contender to win their sixth NFC East crown this decade.