Thursday, August 21, 2008

Eagles: Pedal to the Metal This Is Not

We now had a day to absorb the Curtis injury. The reports have Curtis out anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Based on Eagle history with the injury I would bet on the later time frame.

So I ask, as we look at the Eagles right now, how are we feeling? Do the pluses out weigh the minuses? Does anyone honestly think the Eagles are Championship caliber?

#5 leads the way...
  • McNabb is healthy.
  • Westbrook has a new contract so he is happy. Westbrook is healthy.
  • The linebackers, despite their youth, look ready and able to perform at a high level.
  • Asante Samuel leads probably the best defensive backfield in the NFL.

The Eagles will have to overcome all of this...

  • Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, and Greg Lewis will now get significant time at WR. Enough said.
  • Can Andrews keep his depression under control for the entire season?
  • What does it say about the defensive line that Howard, McDougle, and Klecko will most likely make the team.
  • A special teams unit that somehow got worse in the offseason.

So in short, can a strong QB, RB, CB and LB rotation overcome a weak WR group, the team's best OL battling against depression, a DL that carries more than one retread, and a special teams unit that is special for all the wrong reasons.

Honestly, I say the Eagles will struggle to make the playoffs, but in the end they will.

Looking at the current make-up who else wants to smack Lurie for his "going for it and pedal-to-the-metal'' comments. It is scary for the future if he actually believes the crap that spills from his mouth.

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