Philadelphia Eagles 101: Chemistry Is the Key To Success in 2010
What is the definition of chemistry?
Well, in football terms it could be defined as a group of players, which consists of two or more people, who are always thinking along the same lines, knows each other's every move, and can anticipate their next step.
It is also the trust that everyone will protect each other at all cost.
How much chemistry do these young players have and how increased will it become before the start of the 2010 season—that is yet to be seen.
With such a young team, on offense and defense, it is easy to see why chemistry would be questioned.
Despite what the Philadelphia Eagles executives have said during the course of the 2010 offseason, the Eagles are in fact in a rebuilding phase and they have seemingly over night become one of the youngest football teams in the league.
They've cut ties with nearly every veteran player who was on the 2009 roster to pave way for the many young hopefuls who are looking to begin stamping their names in NFL history.
This whirlwind of an offseason began, most notably, with the outright release of Hall of Fame-bound RB Brian Westbrook and surged through until the Donovan McNabb trade.
With youth taking over of the Philadelphia Eagles, chemistry must be instilled in the minds of every player on the team in training camp.
It too, like the veterans being cut, must be trickled down from front office executives down to the practice squad.
It should be treated like a marriage, the front office being the parents and the players are their children. The "parents" need to set an example for the lads and raise them right—Eagle style.
Obviously, the starting players, on both sides of the ball, are the most important to form that bond with each other to the point where each player knows what the next guy is thinking and going to do.
The unit that needs to mold to one another the most is the offensive line.
If the Eagles have any hopes of success in 2010, the offensive line must keep QB Kevin Kolb upright as much as physically possible.
Injuries riddled the O line in 2009 which disrupted the chemistry there and it was evident in the final two games of the season as the Eagles got manhandled by the Dallas Cowboys—twice, in back to back weeks.
The first team isn't the only crew that needs attention: Don't forget about the middle child—the second string squad.
Backup or role players need to get their time in with the first team since injuries occur left and right in football, sometimes before the season begins—Marlin Jackson anyone.
This is the reason why I say the entire team must be on the same page.
The team that Eagles fans will see in 2010 is a team filled with youth, speed, and plenty of talent across the board—how quickly they gel, as Andy Reid would say, needs and should be a big focal point in training camp.
How fast can the Eagles front office get these young men to form a bond will be answered in the months ahead as training camp approaches. Until that point we must wait and hope the front office has a solid plan in place.
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