Philadelphia Eagles: 7 Big Questions for the 2011 NFL Season
The questions surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2011 season center around a defense that is in flux, an offense that is explosive but incapable of the little things, and a coach who has refused to change over the course of nearly a decade and a half with the team.
There are questions abound as there with any team, but for the Philadelphia Eagles, 2011 will mark the end of certain people's careers in Philly if some of these questions are not answered.
Here are seven questions regarding the Philadelphia Eagles heading into 2011.
Can Juan Castillo Handle the Team's Defense?
Castillo, the former offensive line coach, has been charged with commanding the Eagles defense.
I understand the risk involved with putting an offensive guy in charge of the defense, but Castillo has been known to be a great motivator. And on defense, it takes someone to rally the troops to make a key stop.
Castillo is the man to do the job.
Will the Offensive Line Be Able to Protect Vick?
The offensive line was a sore spot in the Eagles offense in 2010.
Adequate protection is needed for a quarterback like Michael Vick to sustain his playmaking ability, and most importantly, his health.
With the selection of Danny Watkins, the Eagles have solidified Vick's blind side. The question remains whether or not this unit will remain consistent in its protection of the quarterback.
Will DeSean Jackson Prove to Be a True No. 1 Receiver?
DeSean Jackson is a game-changing wide receiver, no doubt about it.
But is he a No. 1 receiver in this league?
He is not the prototypical No. 1 receiver capable of going over the middle to make the tough catches while a defensive back is bearing down on him.
However, in this offense, that's the tight end's responsibility.
Jackson provides so many different weapons that he is a No. 1 receiver in this style of offense.
Will Michael Vick Be Able to Duplicate His 2010 Performance?
Towards the end of 2010, defenses seemed to begin to figure out Michael Vick.
If Vick is to have the same success in 2011 as he did in 2010, he must not make the same mistakes, like rushing throws and scrambling so quickly.
Defenses will key on his instinct to run, hoping Vick will eventually wear down due to injury.
Will Stewart Bradley Stay Healthy Enough to Contribute?
Linebacker Stewart Bradley has the potential to be a good middle linebacker in this league.
The problem? He can't stay healthy.
In the NFL, it also stands for not for long, especially if you can't stay on the field.
Jamar Chaney and Akeem Jordan could challenge Bradley for the middle spot in 2011.
Is This Andy Reids Last Chance?
It seems like this question is asked at the beginning and conclusion of every football season.
Nonetheless, Reid always seems to stick around for one more year.
A fair amount of the fanbase have their fingers crossed that this is Reid's last hurrah if the team achieves anything less than the Lombardi Trophy.
Reid is linked with this front office group for the foreseeable future, and despite his shortcomings, he has been a successful coach in this league.
However, without a Super Bowl championship, Reid will just be another good, but not great, coach.
Will Asante Samuel Ever Play Like a Real Cornerback?
Asante Samuel likes to play ballhawk. However, his playmaking ability does not cover up his deficiencies in pass coverage.
At this point, Samuel is not going to change his tactics either in coverage or in his avoidance from contact.
If the Eagles sign Asomugha, Samuel may have the burden of the Eagles pass defense lifted off his shoulders slightly.