Training camp has finally arrived! Football season is here! E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!
Congrats to the Eagles for getting all of their rookies signed and for putting a contending team on the field yet again.
Despite the excitement of another football season, this fan is still a bit ticked. Yes the Eagles have a chance to make another run into the playoffs. But when reviewing this roster can you honestly say that this is a championship caliber team? Can the Eagles compete with the likes of the Cowboys, Patriots, Chargers, and Colts? If you take off your Eagles beer goggles and put down the green kool aid, the honest answer is no.
As I have said before annual trips to the playoffs are nice. But Philadelphia wants and is starving for a champion. The Eagles have again failed to add the necessary pieces to make the jump to champion.
The Eagles have an elite quarterback, but he is as fragile as they come at the position. If we see Kolb or Feeley the season is done. The offensive line struggled last year and the same players return. Curtis is a good wide receiver but not a great one; Brown is good wide receiver but barely good. Running back, as long as Westbrook doesn't let his contract effect his play, is a position of dominance. The solution to the red zone woes on pinned on a tight end, that despite the franchise tag, is adequate at best.
On the defensive side of the ball the Eagles are still searching for a dominant end opposite Trent Cole. Was a 2nd and 5th round pick really too much to pay to bring in the established Jason Taylor? Clemons is a nice pick up but he is a bit undersized and is best suited as a third down specialist. Abiamiri is still unproven and Parker is average.
The potential of the linebackers is sky high. But right now their greatest asset is their potential. Combined the starting LBs have less than 3 years of starting experience. Like the RBs, the cornerbacks are another position of dominance and strength. The safety position is heavily dependent on Dawkins eking one more superstar year from his veteran body.
Like any team, the Eagles have their positives and negatives. When put together, at best we are looking at another playoff caliber team that falls short of the city's championship expectations.
But hey I could be wrong...who had the Giants winning it all last year? E-A-G-L-E-S!!