Philadelphia Eagles: Is It Time to Crown Em?
Year after year, the NFC East is one of the most controversial divisions in the league. This year is no exception.
With all the additions and all the subtractions and "addition by subtraction", it leaves many pondering where their team stands. Some have gone so far as to say that the Eagles are now not just the favorites to win the NFC East, but the Superbowl as well.
I say, not so fast.
The Eagles seem to have improved their offense with the drafting of Lesean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin.
Desean Jackson will go into his second year and will most likely be Mcnabb's favorite target.
Brian Westbrook is healthy to start the year and looks to be in for another good season.
That's where the good ends and the bad begins.
I think that all the excitement for the new offense has drawn the attention away from what has happened on defense.
Number 20 has packed it up and left for Denver. Yes, that would be the hard hitting, long time leader of that D, Brian Dawkins.
Now some may say he's getting old and has nothing left, but it's hard to replace a veteran player like Dawkins, who knows how to keep players in the correct position.
They also lost their defensive coordinator, Jim Johnson, to melanoma. They looked totally lost in preseason and as a result got beat on some big plays.
They'll have to fix this quick if they're going to contend in an always competitive division.
The G-men seem to have the easiest problem to fix with the loss of Plaxico Buress.
Hakeem Nicks seems to be stepping up and making his presence known as a first year player. Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon will also have to step it up a notch.
Still it's very hard to replace a 6'5" receiver with good hands and leaping ability. The defense is still intact as far as I know and the running game should still be great. If the receivers can step up in the absence of Buress, it will be hard for anyone in the East to topple the Giants from the No. 1 spot.
The Cowboys are also looking to fill the void left at the receiver position.
Roy Williams will step into the No. 1 role left behind by Owens.
A lot of people are still big on this guy, but I have no idea why. He’s silly slow and looks down right clumsy on the field.
He’ll be good for those toss up jump balls, but that’s about it. He’s certainly not beating anyone deep. I look for the production to be spread around to Witten, Barber, Patrick Crayton and Miles Austin.
I look for Crayton to have a better year than Roy and possibly even Austin (depending on how much he plays). I think the Cowboys will compete for the No. 2 spot in the division.
The Redskins have probably made the most improvements to their team during the offseason, unfortunately it was on the side of the ball where they needed it the least.
They were already ranked around the top five defenses in the NFL, but for some reason felt the need to sign Haynesworth to a $100 million dollar deal. They also added one of the top corners in the game with Deangelo Hall, and picked up Brian Orakpo in the draft. The defense should be great again but they still have a weakness at quarterback.
I think they will probably shock some teams this year with that defense they have in place, but it will be hard for them to finish better than last.
I think the Eagles will most likely be competing for second place in the division along with the Cowboys, but wouldn’t be too surprised if they just edge out the Giants for the title. However, I don’t think they’ll make it past the first game if they do make the playoffs. I just don’t see them being better than the Packers, Giants, Saints, Bears, Vikings, Seahawks, and possibly whoever finishes second in the NFC South.
So I say, slow down fans and supporters, it’s not time to crown em’ just yet.
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