With the recent losses of Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and Brian Dawkins a few years back, the Eagles seem to be in a state of disarray in the way of team captains and leaders.
Philadelphia now has the youngest team in the entire NFL, which means a lack of experience and more than anything a lack of direction.
Players on the Eagles offense regarded McNabb as the one to lead them game after game. No matter how the end result was, they always held him in the highest regards.
On defense it was Brian Dawkins who was the man. He hit hard. He played hard. And most of all he was a good leader. No one was better at rallying the team than Dawkins with his booming voice and great enthusiasm.
Last year the team captains for the Eagles were appointed weekly, so that the players would have to earn their spot as the team captain. But week in and week out you can always be sure that McNabb had the big "C" on the left side of his jersey. On defense it was usually appointed to Asante Samuel, who proved his big play making ability, but made frequent fundamental errors and got burned by receivers. Special teams usually did not have a captain.
This is a list of five Eagles that should be given, or at least looked at for team captain slots on the team in 2010. (This list is based off of the five player captain roll.)
Didn't see this one coming, right? But really, as the quarterback you have to be a team leader.
Yes, Kevin is young. Yes, he has an incredibly difficult task ahead of him. Yes, he is inexperienced. Reasons seem to pile up on why Kolb will not succeed in Philadelphia, but the truth is no one will really know until he is given a chance as the starting quarterback.
He proved through the games he started that he can be a capable QB, and the team has the utmost respect for the man.
A tight end that has proved his play-making ability, especially when Kevin Kolb is at the helm.
Celek put up stunning numbers during the 2009 season, racking up 76 catches for 971 yards and eight touchdowns.
Celek is on fire, and is quickly becoming one of the best receiving tight ends in the league. Kolb and Celek are very close friends from back in high school, which gives them an almost natural chemistry.
With Celek's performance in the 2009 season and his continuing ability to improve, this makes him a perfect candidate for a 2010 team captain.
The Eagles third round, 87th overall pick in 2007 had an unfortunate accident in the 2009 spring training camp when he tore his ACL and missed the entire season.
But in the 2008 season Bradley showed his potential as a star middle linebacker, bringing in 108 tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception.
With a full year of recovery and a young defense around him, Bradley looks to be a good candidate for a team captain position, providing talent and a strong sense of game awareness.
Trent Cole, an All-Star pass rusher with six years of experience under his belt, has accumulated a whopping 312 tackles, 75 assists, and 47 sacks.
Cole is a beast and creates problems for any offensive line, and he shows great enthusiasm for the team. He has a great jump off the line, and has no problem tackling bigger running backs.
His experience plays a huge factor in the young defensive line, making him an excellent candidate for team captain.
Was that another punt return TD?
DeSean proved the doubters wrong again last year—that his size does not affect his play making ability one last bit.
Jackson made punt returns a huge threat on every kick, returning two in the 2009 season and accumulating 441 return yards in total. He may have a bad attitude in certain situations, but he has the performance to back it.
What makes your team look better than your captain taking an 87 yard punt return back to the house?
In all instances team captains provide a very important leadership boost to the entire team. Without great leaders, young players, mainly rookies, lack direction, and that leads to mistakes.
These are the players whom I believe would make the best team captains for the Eagles. If you disagree and think there are better players, post it in the comment section below.