Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Have the NFL's Most Explosive Offense
With weapons across the team last year, the Eagles scored 27.4 points per game, third best in the league, and had 389.4 yards per game, good for second best in the league.
In 2011 look for the team to depend on the strength of the offense to carry them in games, even if they have an improved defense.
Here's why the offense will even better and be the most explosive offense next year:
Improved Offensive Line
The Eagles spent their first-round pick on Danny Watkins, a left tackle from Baylor, who translates more to guard. The offensive line gave up 49 sacks last season, but with the addition of legendary offensive line coach Howard Mudd, the line should improve tremendously.
Mudd constructed one of the best lines in Indianapolis with a bunch of no-names. He can turn any below average lineman into a decent starter.
Watkins is an athletic guard, and fits the mold of a Howard Mudd type of offensive lineman. He is a mauler who can get into the second and third lines of defense and can anchor an offensive line. He is a physical player that is fluid enough to pull and move around.
With an improved offensive line, the team can sustain more drives and score even more points.
The team's No. 1 priority will be to protect Michael Vick. Less hits would lead to a fresher Vick, which could be potentially scary for the opponent.
LeSean McCoy ascended to stardom last season as the team's featured back. Though I might have Eagle bias, I consider McCoy the third best back in the league only behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson.
McCoy may not have elite speed, but he has good enough agility to break open huge gains. He can run with power and run over safeties. He may have some of the best hands for a running back in all of football.
McCoy caught 78 balls last season and was one of Vick's top targets when he was pressured.
When he came out of Pittsburgh, McCoy's blocking skills were poor, but last season the Eagles trusted him greatly, and he responded in a great way. McCoy was physical and smart enough to understand complex blitz schemes.
McCoy accounted for 1672 of the total 6230 yards, about 26.8 percent of the total offense.
That was only his first year starting, so he will improve entering his third season in the league.
Andy Reid depended on Vick too much to make the big play, so when he watches tape of the 2010 season, he will notice McCoy jump started the offense on numerous occasions.
Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg
Coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg are two offensive masterminds who devise incredible gameplans to neutralize the opposing defense.
With another season working with Vick, Reid and Mornhinweg could have huge plans for the offense taking another step to be as consistent as possible.
Reid and Mornhinweg have long been considered offensive geniuses and will continue to make the offense explosive.
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin
DeSean Jackson is the most electrifying wide receiver in the game, and he will only be entering his fourth season in the league.
I am tired of reading comments on B/R about how Jackson will never be better than he is. He showed last year he can run routes and will only improve in that area.
His 4.35 speed and uncanny ability to beat the defense deep almost two to three times a game usually wins a couple of games for the Eagles.
Scouts tea-bagged Jackson, calling him too small to make an impact on offense. Since then, Jackson has had a chip on his shoulder, making sure to prove every team that doubted him wrong.
DeSean Jackson's talents allows the offense to be elite.
LeSean McCoy at running back sees huge lanes with Jackson drawing coverage to him.
Safeties play as far as 20 yards back to keep all the plays in front of them, opening up running lanes for Michael Vick as well.
Because of Jackson's elite playmaking skills and speed, teams focus on him much more than they do with Maclin.
Jeremy Maclin is no slouch though. He is the team's most consistent even though he does not get the same recognition as Jackson. Maclin is one half of arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league.
The knock on Maclin coming out of Missouri was his hands, but he has shown a constant improvement. He is not asked to run fly patterns, but he has the speed to beat any corner in the league.
Maclin will enter his third season in the league and will be asked more and more to run deep routes.
Michael Vick made the jump to actually becoming a starting quarterback. With Atlanta, if the first option was not there for Vick, he automatically tried to gain yards with his legs. In Philadelphia, Vick finally learned to look at his second and third options.
Vick made the correct decisions on most plays and was particularly effective throwing on the run.
Vick will continue to improve as he will go into the season guaranteed the starter unlike last year, when he had to practice with the second teamers in training camp.
He is currently a top 10-quarterback in the league, but I would not be surprised if people start to call him an elite QB.
With the help of Howard Mudd improving his time of release, Vick will take less hits, and be fresher the entire game.