After watching the Eagles' pre-season opener against New England, I'm positive they will be in the Super Bowl.
Why They Can Do It
Philly have huge potential this year. With stars like Westbrook and Jackson, the Eagles will have some big expectations. I just watched the Eagles-Patriots game, and I'm convinced Philly have drafted the next big thing—LeSean McCoy.
McCoy showed some crazy burst tonight, he will make a deadly duo with Westbrook. McCoy posted a 5.5 yard per run average and added two receptions for 12 yards.
The addition of former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick will also be a big plus. Whether they use him in the Wildcat or keep him as a change-up QB, he will make an immediate impact.
Just look at their roster: They have Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Brian Westbrook, Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Donovan McNabb—those are some scary names. Plus, they have crazy depth at WR (Gibson, Avant, Baskett, and Buckley).
Why They Can Do It
Last year, San Diego's offense was great. They were the second-highest scoring team in the league. With receivers like V-Jack, Gates and Chambers; Philip Rivers can show off his arm.
If L.T. is healthy this year, look for a four-headed monster in L.T., Sproles, Bennett, and Johnson. Their running game should be a highlight show this year.
Since this all seems the same as last year's 8-8 campaign, why should this year be any different? The answer is they have a defense this year.
In 2008, San Diego lost Merriman in the first game, and had Cromartie and Hart banged up all season. We have them back, and they all are looking great.
We also have better depth at MLB. With the addition of LB Kevin Burnett, the middle linebacker spot will be pretty much filled. It will include a combo of Burnett, Siler, and a little bit of Darry Beckwith, a RFA we picked up this year.
We couldn't get any pressure on the QB with the absence of Merriman; that is a thing of the past. Merriman is back, and we drafted a great player in Larry English out of NIU. We drafted him as a DE, but he will play OLB normally and MLB in pass-rushing situations.
Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera already said that San Diego will have English, Merriman, and Phillips on the field on the same time. Talk about bringing the heat!