Philadelphia Eagles: Can the Young Guns Return the Swagger?
That’s a very fitting phrase if you look at the starters on the Eagles’ offensive roster.
Looking at the starters in terms of experience, the Eagles have QB Kevin Kolb (fourth), RB LeSean "Shady" McCoy (second), and compliment Mike Bell (fifth), TE's Brent Celek (fourth) and Cornelius Ingram (second) and also three extremely talented wideouts in DeSean Jackson (third), Jeremy Maclin (second), and Jason Avant (fifth).
We also can't forget about FB Leonard Weaver, who is entering his sixth season and is looking to build off his 2009 Pro-Bowl season.
After a team practice on Monday, Jackson was asked if he feels QB Kevin Kolb was ready to take the helm of the Eagles’ offense and he had this to say:
" Kevin is a great quarterback. He knows how to get the ball out on time. He knows the offense, he's a smart guy, he knows out to read defenses," Jackson said. "He goes out there and takes charge. Any time you have a quarterback who comes in the huddle and has that confidence and looks 10 other guys in the eye, call the play and say 'This is what it is, come on let's go and do it,' I definitely think he's ready and I'm honored for him to get this opportunity".
" We came in today and he just grabbed me and was very excited ,"
"There is a lot of good, positive energy going around our team ."
"He's got a lot of talent. I was able to see him play at Houston. Him and Donnie Avery, they were able to connect. I'm just looking forward to that connection. I say work hard. We're both young. We can start this leadership. It's a new era for the Eagles. We can call it the young guns now ."
This is the same DeSean Jackson from Cal who's stock dropped in the 2008 NFL draft for potentially becoming a locker room cancer?
I can't think of any Eagles coach or fan that would not want this kid on the Eagles’ roster. Jackson has been a complete professional in his short NFL career, saying all the right things.
So the question remains: can the new look of the Philadelphia Eagles continue to have that swagger about them?
That remains to be seen, but I can tell you there is a ton of confidence among the players and coaching staff throughout the Eagles’ organization.
I'm not going to say this transition won't have its bumps and bruises in 2010, but I do believe that Kevin Kolb will give the Eagles not only a winning season but possibly a post season appearence in his first year as a starting QB in the NFL.
Kevin has only two starts in his NFL career but it that time he has shown tremendous upside to his abilities. He gets rid of the ball quickly and accurately. I think its going to be nice to have a QB who style of play is to eat up some clock time but if he needs to he can air the ball out. Eagles fans saw that on multiple occasions in 2009 hitting WR DeSean Jackson for a pair of 60+ yard touchdowns.
Donovan could have done so but with his strong arm Andy always wanted to play long ball with opposing defenses.
As for QB Donovan McNabb, the Eagles best QB in franchise history, I wish him all the best as a member of the Washington Redskins. Donovan has set multiple records within the Eagles franchise, has surpassed the 30,000 yard passing mark which is something only 3 other QB's in NFL history have achieved.
Donovan was also responsible from day one to turn this poor excuse of a football team in the 1990's to a playoff contender for eleven seasons with Philly. He has been a true professional in his time here even after countless bashings from fans and the media to get rid of him and yet he continued to show up on Sunday with a smile to play a game he loves.
Thank you Donovan McNabb for eleven unforgetable seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles!
Stay tuned Eagles nation, the draft is less than one month away and with 11 picks (five in the first 87 picks), I am expecting one more trade before or during the draft for a key piece on the defensive side of the ball.
No rumors, that’s just what I'm expecting.
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