The Philadelphia Eagles: 4 Necessaries To Have A Successful Season
The Philadelphia Eagles are approaching the most unpredictable season that they are going to begin in years.
They enter the season with a new starting Quarterback and Running back, and two draft picks are vying for starting jobs on the opposite side of the ball.
And while there is a youth-movement feeling towards this team, in no way are the Eagles giving up on this year and playing for the future.
The talent on this Eagles squad is unlimited, but talent is not going to guarentee W's.
The team hosts a barrage of young players with little experience, but a whole lot of energy.
If the talent is unleashed, the Eagles could be the beast of the East and be a Super Bowl contender.
But if the lack of experience shows, they could be one of the bottom teams in the NFL.
Here are four things that if the Eagles do right, they can be as successful as their teams in the past few years.
And maybe, just maybe, get over the hump.
4:Get Desean Jackson the Ball
He's their most exciting player. He's their most dynamic player. He's been their most successful player. He's their most proven player.
DeSean Jackson is the Eagles' best player.
So that is why they need to find every single way for Jackson to get his hands on the ball. And I'm not just saying this because he is on my fantasy team.
DeSean Jackson beats his defenders down the field extremely well with his blazing fast speed.
Jackson is entering his third pro season and has already totaled over 2,000 receiving yards. He averaged 18.5 yards per catch last year and 77.8 yards per game. And that's as a receiver.
He is the best punt returner in the game, averaging 15.2 yards per punt last year and scoring two touchdowns.
He is so good at punt returning, so the eagles might as well let him return kicks as well.
I don't know why the Eagles keep holding him back for that special teams spot. He is more likely to get injured catching balls at receiver and sacrificing his helpless body to the defender.
Fielding kicks is even safer than punt returning, because not all the rush is on him immediately after he fields a kick.
The Eagles should also let DeSean do more reverses than he did last season, with the running game as shaky as it is.
Sometimes we just have to forget his sometimes bonehead play, and acknowledge that the Eagles do better when DeSean Jackson is involved.
3: Establish Some Sort of Running Game
The Eagles of teams' past have not used the running game as much of a weapon. Instead, they used it more as a necessity.
In fact, the Eagles used former running back Brian Westbrook as more of a receiving threat than on the ground.
This season's running game will definitely need to be necessary if the Eagles hope to have any success at all.
The Eagles used rookie running back LeSean McCoy a lot last year when Brian Westbrook was out with his concussions and other injuries. McCoy had little success last year running for only 637 yards and 39.8 yards per game, only finding the end zone four times.
McCoy must prove to be a factor during this year's campaign due to the margin of error the Eagles have at this position.
The Eagles' running back depth is razor thin this year now that former franchise running back Brian Westbrook is now gone.
McCoy's backup is former New Orleans third string back Mike Bell. Bell is having a very bad training camp, but there are really no other running backs behind him that will make much of a difference.
Full Back Leonard Weaver made the most of his carries last year averaging 4.6 yards per carry, but he is a full back and can't be counted on for regular caries.
LeSean McCoy must take a giant second year step and become the running back that the Eagles drafted him to be in the second round of the 2009 draft.
2:Kevin Kolb Has to Show That He Belongs
I believe in Kevin Kolb. That does not mean that everybody does.
Kevin Kolb showed nothing in his two starts that suggested that he does not belong here.
He threw for for 300 yards in each of those two games, with four td's and three int's. He even won player of the week in his second start against the Cheifs.
The man is an early second round pick who was drafted to eventually take over for Donovan McNabb. And that is who everyone will compare Kolb to whatever he may do this season.
Kolb won't be expected to perform the way that McNabb did during his 11 year tenure with the Eagles. But this year the Eagles are built with such stacked recievers that even Jamarcus Russell could put up tolerable stats.
Well that may be a bit of an exaggeration.
But the Eagles do posses the receivers that will help Kolb throughout the season.
DeSean Jackson has already been told about but along side him comes second year reciever Jeremy Maclin. Maclin put up a good rookie season and can only build upon what he already knows.
Tight End Brent Celek is already joining the elite class of tight ends, while third reciever Jason Avant averaged a good 14.3 yards per game last year.
The only thing holding Kolb back from having a great season is the offensive line. The line was just awful last year; all you have to do is remember the Dallas games.
Maybe as the line gets more healthy, it will start protecting and producing better.
While Kevin Kolb has not played in enough games to have a well-known reputation, he has got almost everything going right for him so far.
He is the biggest question mark for some going into the new season, but we should all have confidence in him until he proves otherwise.
1:The Defense Must Prove Itself
With potentially five new starters in this Eagles defense, a new powerful defense will be set in a few years.
The question is just how they will do this year.
First and second round picks Brandon Graham and Nate Allen look to start this year after having excellent college careers.
Former first round pick Ernie Sims is trying to rejuvenate his career at right linebacker for the Eagles.
Stewart Bradley looks to fill in just where he left off at Middle Linebacker after missing all of the 2009/2010 season.
And Ellis Hobbs becomes the starting right Cornerback after the Eagles traded Sheldon Brown.
The starting defense has played very well in the first two preseason games.
But what do all these new faces mean to a defense that has taken so much pride in the past?
A lot of question marks that can only be answered when the season begins.