Why the Philadelphia Eagles Are Overrated

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIAugust 2, 2011

Why the Philadelphia Eagles Are Overrated

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    First off, let me say that I believe that the Philadelphia Eagles will win the NFC East this year and be one of the better teams in the league. 

    Despite that, I think they that are being massively over hyped after this first week of free agency.

    They could certainly win it all this year. It would fool no one, not even me, but I think as of now, there are still better teams out there that have already also proved they can win with that core of players more so than the Eagles have.

    I hope you enjoy this list. Please feel free to give your opinion.

5. Safeties

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    The Eagles gave up 23.6 points per game last season, mostly because of the pass defense. 

    Many people think that this problem is solved due to the fact that they added shutdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha and the also able Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. However, they still have issues at the safety position. 

    The team lost their leading tackler, Quintin Mikell to the Rams in free agency. I don't think Kurt Coleman and will really be the answer for the Eagles secondary this year.  However, I do think there is a bright future in store for Nate Allen.  It will be interesting to see if he can build on last season.

4. Offensive Line

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    We all know that Vick takes a lot of hits just in the nature of how he plays. That has resulted in him only playing all 16 games only once in his career thus far. 

    Last year, he only played in 12 games. That could get even worse with the team banking on King Dunlap to start at RT and rookie Danny Watkins to start at guard. 

    This was an offensive line that was already suspect and appears to be getting worse.

3. Linebackers

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    Jamar Chaney, Moise Fokou and Casey Matthews make what just might be the worst group of starting linebackers in the entire NFL

    Now, I know that overall the team is still very strong, but how can you say they are the Super Bowl favorites or even NFC favorites over teams like Green Bay and Atlanta with a gaping hole like that. 

    Teams should be able to run on them fairly easily this year, and teams with good tight ends (Packers, Falcons, Patriots) should be able to throw on them despite their great cornerback trio.

2. Michael Vick

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    Vick had an outstanding year least, no doubt about that. The chances that he can repeat are very slim in my book.

    Vick has an 80.2 rating for his career and has completed only 55.3 percent of his passes. Also, the 21 TD's he threw last year were the most he ever had in a season. Vick should still be good next year, but I seriously doubt he repeats that kind of performance.  We saw at the end of last season that teams were figuring out how to stop him and it worked pretty well.

    He also has a history of injury problems. I can assure you he won't play all 16 games this season. It's nice to have a capable back up like Vince Young, but having to use him would still be a downgrade for the offense.

1. They Are NOT the Most Talented Team

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    All the comparisons to the Miami Heat must please stop right now. 

    First off, it's not one you want to make if you're an Eagles fan, and secondly, they are overrating some of their "star" players by doing so. 

    Half of their defense is terrible while the other half is good. Meanwhile, the Packers and Steelers have been one and two the last two seasons because they are loaded top to bottom on defense.

    As for the offense, let's compare them to the reining Super Bowl champs—the Green Bay Packers. 

    Neither offensive line is great, but I'd definitely give the edge to the improving group that the Packers have. As for the running game, the Eagles do have the edge, but the Packers didn't even need it last year. Having a much improved one this year is more of a luxury. 

    At QB, Rodgers is better than Vick. I'm not going to waste too much time here, I think we are all in agreement of that. The receivers is where I find the most debate going on. I have to give the edge to Green Bay on this one. They are just so much deeper and have a better No. 1 guy as well. 

    DeSean Jackson is inconsistent and drops too many passes to be considered better or even in the same group as Greg Jennings. Add in Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb and you have what is the best group of wideouts in the game.

    Oh yeah, and they have this guy named Jermichael Finley who just so happens to be the best target on the whole offense.

    I do very much like Jeremy Maclin though.  I think he doesn't get as much credit as he deserves behind the "flashier" Jackson.  Jason Avant is a nice number 3, but I think the overall depth doesn't match what the Packers bring at WR.

    I could also make a pretty good case for the Falcons here over the Eagles. Not to mention that team in New England that went 14-2 last year and got better in the offseason.

    The Eagles are a good team and should compete this year. They should even make a nice playoff run, but in no way should they be the favorites going into the 2011 season.