The NFC East looks to return in 09 as the "beastliest" division in professional football. The division known around the league as "The Beast" looks to rebound as the best division in the NFL this season.
The NFC East is consistently one of the best in the league, but last season they only sent two representatives to the playoffs in 2008 after two consecutive seasons of sending three.
Since the 2000 season, the Beast has sent at least two teams to the playoffs every year except two -2001,2004. The have had at least two in each of the last four seasons.
The East has also produced three Superbowl representatives and one world championship. Six number one seeds are the cherries on top.
The Giants, Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins each have major questions to answer heading into this season however.
The Giants bring back one of the best defensive lines in the league while welcoming back Osi Umenyiora who missed all of the 2008 season with a knee injury.
However the G-Men also have many questions heading into this season including how their newly minted $94 million dollar QB will mesh with an inexperienced wide-receiving corps.
The Eagles are coming off a season in which they were a game away from reaching the Super Bowl. The also add number one pick Jeremy Maclin to a deep wide-receiving corps.
The Eagles have also been hit hard by the injury bug. The Eagles have lost starting middle linebacker—the quarterback of any defense—Stewart Bradley and rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram for the season. Along with the passing of long-time defensive coordinator Jim Johnson the Eagles find themselves in some flux.
The Cowboys probably have had the most tumultuous offseason in the division with the release of Terrell Owens but they do still have bright spots on both sides of the ball. DeMarcus Ware is still the best defensive player in the NFC and their three-headed monster at running back will be formidable.
The Redskins finished the season last in the East but still had a .500 win percentage. The team made the biggest free agency splash in signing Tackle Albert Haynesworth. They also signed 25-year-old CB DeAngelo Hall to a $55 million dollar deal. Add to that the drafting of DE Brian Orakpo the Redskins defense looks to improve on a unit that was ranked 4th in the NFL last year.
The Redskins however face many questions on the offensive side of the ball. Is Jason Campbell the franchise quarterback the Redskins have been looking for? Will their offensive line allow Campbell to not be the second most sacked QB in league as he was last season? Are the receivers the Redskins drafted last year going to contribute? Is Jim Zorn in over is head etc etc.
Here is a preview into what to watch for in 2009 from the leagues best division.