This just in! The Eagles are picking up everybody! The Eagles picked up DE Jason Babin, QB Vince Young, CB Nnamdi Asomugha and DT Cullen Jenkins as well as young and talented corner Dominique Rogers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade. Philadelphia has now stacked their team in positions of need and they have instantly become the favorites to win the NFC and Super Bowl titles in some people's eyes. So, who takes the blame if this team doesn't meet expectations?
The Eagles are no-doubt an explosive offensive team, but at times they seemed to stall because of their unstable offensive line. All Eagles fans will tell me that the line won't matter. Well, if it didn't matter, why was Vick sacked so much and why did the Eagles running game stall in crunch time? It should be interesting to see if the line gets better this year or if Vick is back there running for his life again.
Another issue with the Eagles are their linebackers. Akeem Jordan, Ernie Sims and crew did not make enough plays this past year. The Eagles drafted Oregon LB Casey Matthews, but other than that, they did not address that position of need. This could come back to haunt them if nothing is done. A suggestion for the Eagles would be for them to go get LB Lofa Tatupu. He just got released from the Seahawks and he would fit perfectly in the middle of their defense.
The offensive line and linebacker corps could be the cause of failure in Philly, but ultimately, it comes down to Andy Reid. No coach has visited more NFC Championships and lost than him. His propensity for late-game mismanagement could be detrimental to this team. For the team's sake, they better hope he overcomes his past blunders.
The 2011 NFL season will be exciting and will give many of us heartbreak and tears of joy. For many Eagles fans, this season is viewed as their year. But before they crown their team champions, all must understand that expectations do not equal championships.
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