The Eagles lost to the Super Bowl champions by five points 21-16. They showed that they can play with the league's best, but they also showed that they can play down to the league's worst.
They are loaded on the offensive side of the ball with the most speed and playmakers in the entire league. Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Brent Celek, LeSean McCoy coupled with Micheal Vick, have the type of game-breaking speed that has not been seen in the NFL since "The Greatest Show on Turf." They have more shear talent than they have ever had at the skill positions in Eagle history.
Their left-side of the offensive line is solid with potential and perennial Pro-Bowlers Jason Peters and Todd Herremans. A healthy Jamaal Jackson can not be overlooked by Eagles fans. His return will do wonders in sureing up the right side of the line. However, Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gillies are not starters in the NFL. Look for the Eagles to solidify this position in the draft, as Porky PIG (Andy Reid) knows the importance of "beefing" up the interior line.
Defensively, Asante Samuel is paid to be a ball-hawking defensive back. Regardless of what his haters say about his tackling, the guy has a tendency to make big-plays in big-games. He put the jinx on James Jones dropping a sure TD in the playoffs right?
Trent Cole has worn down the past few seasons towards the end of the year, but how much is that due to him being double and triple-teamed? Mike Patterson, Broderick Bunkley and Antonio Dixon will improve this season under the best defensive line coach in Jim Washburn. If Brandon Graham can improve, the Eagles defense will improve as a whole.
The linebackers for the Eagles have left a lot to be desired for the past ten years. Do we really expect that philosophy to change under Andy Reid? Jamar Chaney looks like a tackling machine, but can the undersized middle-linebacker last 16 games?
Nate Allen looks to make a full-recovery this offseason, and will be a fine free-safety in the NFL for the foreseeable future. Quintin Mikell's play may have us yearning for B-Dawk, but he provides leadership and a lot of the calls for the defense.
Dmitri Patterson and Ellis Hobbs were a complete disaster this season. The Eagles have shown in the past that they covet defensive ends and cornerbacks. Look for them to use their first-round pick on a corner.
Micheal Vick will continue to progress in this offense, and will be in the discussion for the Hall-of-Fame when his career is finished.
As always, I end everything I say about the Eagles with this: The Eagles WILL get a Super Bowl next season, I look in the mirror and tell myself that every day. They MUST win a Super Bowl next season. Think of the children!
I will keep my opinions on Andy Reid out of this.
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