The city of Brotherly Love has been starving for an NFL championship for decades now. The past decade has been filled with our beloved Eagles coming so close but coming up short in the end. Five NFC championship appearances, one super bowl appearance, and zero super bowl championships.
Now, all Eagle fans play the blame game. Some place the brunt of the blame on Donovan McNabb, some blame Andy Reid, and others blame the Eagles front office. Now we could debate who is to blame for hours and hours, but the fact of the matter is the Philadelphia Eagles are VERY close to achieving the goal of an NFL championship.
First and foremost, for the Eagles to win a Super Bowl in '09, they need to have a good draft this year. They are going to need players that will produce in the NFL right away. Not all the players will need to come in and start immediately, but they will need to be able to fill in for guys if they get hurt.
We need to fill the positions of need in the first round of the draft. I know many people say that we need to take an offensive linemen with one of our first two draft picks in the first round.
No. 1, I don't think so. I think all that needs to be done with the offensive line is move Herremans to left tackle and slide Nick Cole or Max-Jean Gilles to left guard.
With that being said, if somehow Oher or Andre Smith slides to the 21st pick, we should scoop them up! I believe that the offensive line class this year is very strong and can be addressed in the second round of the draft.
With the 21st pick, I would draft Beanie Wells or Knowshon Moreno if they are there. If not, then I would trade away the 21st pick and a third rounder for one of the highly sought after wide outs (Anquan Boldin, Braylon Edwards).
If we trade away the 21st pick for a wide out, then with the 28th pick we should select McCoy out of Pitt or Donald Brown out of UConn.
Secondly, the coaching staff needs to be more committed to the run! We do not need to be a run-first team, but we need to have a little better balance! I would love to see a 55-45 percent pass to run ratio.
Westbrook could carry the ball anywhere from 16-18 times a game and whatever running back we draft would get maybe seven to eight carries a game.
I think the addition of Leonard Weaver is a sign that we will indeed be committed a little bit more to the run game. He is a good run blocker as well as a good pass blocker.
Weaver will also be an asset to our west coast offense that utilizes the fullback in the passing game, not to mention get some tough short-yardage first downs that we failed to convert in '08.
Lastly, and most important, our key contributors need to stay healthy. The fact of the matter is that if our guys aren't healthy, we won't win..just like every other team out there.