For over 10 years Donovan McNabb has been the face of this franchise. We have had our ups and downs much like any other team in the NFL. One thing though is certain, the success of Brian Westbrook. Brian has been a staple of this offense ever since the departure of Staley and was part of our 3 headed monster. He has developed into one of the most feared players in the league when healthy.
That is where success hinges, when Brian Westbrook is healthy, one thing is certain, defenses must be on their toes. This year with the addition of LeSean "Shady" McCoy, a question comes into my head. With Westbrook recovering, can he pick up the slack?
Westbrook is the man who makes it all possible. He is to the Eagles what Plaxico Burress was to the Giants. He is the man people game plan for. Of course last year's addition of WR DeSean Jackson really will help draw some double teams after his breakout rookie campaign, but is it enough?
I truly believe that LeSean McCoy will be able to succeed as an Eagle in year one because of his ability to do the same things Brian Westbrook can do. He does need to work on his blocking, one thing Reid will ask him to do a lot more. However, the revamped offensive line, and the addition of Lenard Weaver most certainly will help out in that area.
McCoy may not pick up the play book right away, but that's fine. He just needs to know where to be on a few screens, and be able to follow his lead blocker in order to be effective right away. His greatest success will certainly come when Westbrook is on the field though...which we can hope is all season.
I want to jump away from just the running backs for a bit and focus on the Eagles offense in general. The revitalized and youth injected O-line, the true fullback who can also be a backfield receiving and rushing threat, three skill positions on offense addressed in the draft, all of whom were at some point regarded first round picks in many peoples eyes, and a healthy WR corp (thus far, knock on wood).
The most subtle and possibly biggest thing, is a happy Donovan McNabb. With the addition of Ingram, Maclin, and the development of Celek and Avant at the end of last year, the question arises. Is there a man who makes it all possible?
Donovan is the captain, he runs the place smoothly and with all the poise one could ask for. Our success could seriously hinge on him, but this offseason has brought us a wealth of youth and talent that really takes much of the burden off of veterans like McNabb and Westbrook. The question is, are they up for the challenge?