Not So Fast: The Philadelphia Eagles Have More Questions Than Answers

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IAugust 24, 2009

Joe Banner, Philadelphia Eagles president, said that his team has the "best roster in the league" a month ago. At the time, it didn't seem as asinine as it does today.

Prior to the start of training camp there were a lot of buzz surrounding this football team that this could be their season to win the Super Bowl. Donovan McNabb was healthier and better than ever, the offensive line had potential to be great, the receivers were the best this team has had in a long time, and the defense looked promising.

Then things went downhill shortly after Banner made those comments.

Two days later defensive coordinator Jim Johnson lost his battle to cancer at the age of 68 leaving the official coordinator job to 35-year-old Sean McDermott who had been an assistant under the late-great Johnson for several years.

McDermott inherited a defense third in points allowed (289), and fourth in points allowed per game (18.1). Sure he was replacing a defensive guru, but the fans had faith in him.

Then a few days after he was officially named the defensive coordinator his starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley tore his anterior cruciate ligament which will sideline him for the season.

That was a crucial blow to the defense as Bradley really came into his own last year and was primed for a breakout season. Many fans believed that No. 55 could make the Pro Bowl in 2009.

With the loss of Brian Dawkins to the Denver Broncos, the team was lacking a vocal leader on the defensive side of the ball. Bradley emerged as a leader last year, and was expected to lead this defense to the promise land.

Five days after Bradley suffered his season ending knee injury, a big hit fell down on the offensive side of the rock. Rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram tore his ACL and will miss his entire first year.

Ingram, who tore the same ACL last season in which forced him to miss his senior year of college, was having an impressive training camp. The 6'4", 245-pound tight end had a lot of expectations to add another weapon for McNabb.

Philadelphia then signed troubled quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year deal with an option for a second just a week or so ago. That created a lot of public outrage, and a lot of people disagreeing in signing Vick.

Vick doesn't deserve to play in the National Football League in my opinion. Trust me, I am all for giving people second chances in life, but do we really need to give them almost the same lifestyle they had prior to messing up?

Does Vick really deserve to make millions of dollars again because he's one of the best athletes in the history of the NFL?

Vick is another story for another day that I would rather not get into. Do we really need another Mike Vick article?

Injuries have hampered the offensive line as Shawn Andrews, and Stacy Andrews have yet to play a preseason game. Stacy has yet to even practice, and Shawn has back problems. To make matters worse, Todd Herremans is also banged up.

Three of the five project starters are down to injury, and Jason Peters has been nothing to get excited over. Peters, who signed a four-year extension after being traded to Philly, was labeled the "best left tackle in football" by coach Andy Reid.

He has been far from that this preseason.

In addition to that, Peters has also been banged up a little bit, but not to the extent of the Andrews brothers, and Herremans.

I have yet to even mention that star running back Brian Westbrook has yet to see action in the preseason, and hasn't had much physical contact in camp.

Not only has Westbrook not had much practice going against him, he is approaching the 30-year-old mark which is usually the wall that backs reach, plus he has an injury history.

This football team has many questions that will need to be answered before they can even think about making the playoffs yet alone being a Super Bowl contender.

Is this roster one of the most talented in the league? Yes it is.

McNabb has his best arsenal of weapons in his entire career with Vick, Westbrook, LeSean McCoy,  DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Reggie Brown, and Brent Celek.

But will McNabb have enough time to be able to make his reads, and attack opposing defense at will? The offensive line isn't looking pretty with Winston Justice playing tackle, and King Dunlap playing opposite of him.

Injuries to the offensive line could cause major problems to the Eagles offense this year. The chances of seeing Justice getting some big playing time in 2009 are getting better and better with each passing day.

Football is like war, it's won in the trenches.

Does this Eagles team have what it takes to win football games? They have the talent, but injuries, off-the-field distractions, and the trench warfare could hamper the chances.

Is it just me or does this year have the makings of a very bad football season for Eagles fans?


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