Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Fast Start Is The Key

Optimism was the theme of today's press conferences from Lehigh. Reid's good mood from yesterday must have been catchy!

McNabb talked about being one of the top teams in the NFC. Jim Johnson raved about his new firepower and the different looks he can now present to the opposition.

The obvious key now is to make it through camp with good health. I love Reid's new rule of morning practices off every third day for players 30+ years of age. Keep the veterans fresh for the games that matter, show the rookies what the NFL is all about in camp.

The next step is to carry all of this energy into the start of the season and get W's on the board quick. Pad the record through the first 8 games of the season. Early wins have eluded the Eagles in recent seasons. In 2005 they were 4-4 through 8 games, 4-4 in 2006, and 3-5 in 2007.

With games against the Rams, Bears, Redskins, 49ers, and Falcons to open the season a 5-3 start is definitely achievable. With a match-up against the Steelers at home, 6-2 is not out of the question.

Give yourself some breathing room. In the event of an injury there is some padding to the record. Then regroup for the stretch run and then kick the Cowboy's ass on December 28 (season finale) for the division title.

It's really as simple as that! E-A-G-L-E-S!

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