Eagles have hurdles to fly over
The Eagles season has already faced more adversity that most teams can handle. Before the start of training camp, the Eagle season looked hopeful and after just 2 weeks, the season seems to be crumbling before everyone's eyes.
Here are the 6 top things that have gone wrong for the Eagles so far this year...even before the preseason begins.
The Passing Of Jim Johnson
3 days before his passing, the Eagles replaced Jim with highly regarded Sean Mcdermott to take over the defensive coordinator position.
Melanoma struck Johnson months ago and he had appeared to be getting weaker. He coached during OTA's in a motorize cart but noone had any idea how serious it was except for the Eagles organization.
News struck and now the Eagles and the NFL are mourning the loss of the one of the greatest minds in the history of football. Can McDermott continue Johnson's success and lead the Eagles defense to domination yet again?
Brian Dawkins leaves for Denver
Brian Dawkins was the vocal and emotional leader of the Eagles since 1998. He is a future hall of famer who terrifies offenses with his ferocious cries and his punishing hits.
He is known as one of the greatest Eagles of all time and left for Denver this past offseason. He leaves a big hole to fill at the free safety position skill wise and emotionally wise.
2nd year man Quentin Demps will take over but who will take over as leader of the defense? Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley most likely.
Stewart Bradley tears ACL...out for 18 months
oh wait! Stewart Bradley can't take over as the defenses leader because he tore his ACL and is out for this season and most of next season as well.
Stu, as most fans refer to him as, was a third year middle linebacker who made a killing last year at his position. He was on the cusp of making the pro-bowl and was expected to create havoc this season taking over as leader of the Philly D.
Omar Gaither (played the position in 2007) will most likely take over with Joe Mays (2nd year thumper) to man the position and hopefully even do half of what Bradley would have done.
Poor Sean McDermott...he gets thrown into this defense losing Dawkins and now Bradley. What else could go wrong?
Victor Abiamiri in legal troubles
Victor Abiamiri, 3rd year defensive end, missed all of last season with the injury bug and was aching to get back onto the field. He is almost 100% rehabbed from his injury and was expected to take the field as a dominating force...
Until he was caught with weed possession and now could face legal forced acting out on him by the government and the Roger Goodell (NFL commisioner).
This could all blow over and he could still play all season but who wants the drama surrounding more drug problems with the way the Philly media blows everything up into ridiculous outlandish stories.
Hopefully, Victor will play well this season and doesn't let this pot business ruin his year. Just another defensive blunder for the Eagles to worry about.
Cornelius Ingram tore ACL in Left Knee
Cornelius Ingram was the Eagles 5th round stud out of Florida. He is a physical specimen with unlimited upside at the Tight End position. That is until he tore his ACL...for the second time!
Going into his senior year at UF, Ingram tore his ACL and sat out the whole national championship season. He entered the NFL draft as a high risk high reward player an the Eagles took him. He was a first round talent taken in the 5th round...good deal right?
It was good until he got the SAME injury in the SAME leg! Ingram's rookie year is over and maybe even his career. I mean, how often does someone come back from an ACL tear 100% let alone come back fully from two of them?
He was expected to be a touchdown master with his big frame but now he and all of the Philly faithful have to wonder...what is up with the Eagles luck?
The Injury Bug hits others
Some other injuries that could create a disaster of a season...
1. Shawn Andrews was lost for the entire 2008 season with injury and depression and it doesn't look good for him in 2009 either. He was a two-time pro bowler a couple of years back and disappeared since then. He is happier this year and was ready to take the field until his back muscles started giving him problems and he hasn't seen the field once since game 2 of last year.
2. DeSean Jackson, stud second year WR, looked elite at his position this training camp. He looked like one of the best in all of the NFC and he still can be except that he hyperextended his knee today. Who knows what will happen to the best WR on the Eagles roster.
3. Jason Peters, all-pro offensive lineman, has missed most of training camp with an injury and is finally coming back to try and learn as much as possible before the regular season begins. He was traded from Buffalo in the offseason to solidify the O-line. Seems like he'll have some catching up to do as well.
4. Brian Westbrook still has not practiced after recovering from surgery on his ankle. He is rehabbing fine and should be ready for the season opener against the Panthers.
A Little Good News
There is some good news I can leave the Philly fans with...
1. Donovan McNabb is 100% healthy and happy. He got a restructured contract in the offseason, got new weapons for his offense, and is excited for the season to begin. We all know that when McNabb is happy, the Eagles win.
2. LeSean McCoy, rookie running back out of Pitt, has taken all of the first team reps with Westbrook rehabbing. From what I am hearing, he is the best RB taken in the whole draft and one of the most talented rookies people have ever seen. If something were to happen to Westbrook, the Eagles would be fine with McCoy.
3. There is still some time between now and the regular season. There is a little over a month to be exact which means those little injuries should heal by then to DeSean Jackson, Westbrook, Jason Peters, Victor Abiamiri, and maybe even Shawn Andrews.
4. It takes a whole team to win, not just a few players. The losses of Bradley and Ingram hurt but people will replace them and maybe even shine in the process.
The Eagles season still looks very hopeful as long as they do not dwell on the bad. The offense looks explosive, the defense looks ferocious, and the overall goal of the team is Superbowl or bust.