Lost in Vick-Mania is the fact that on Thursday night Brian Westbrook could see his first preseason action. Our offensive leader is returning!
McNabb may be the "face" of the franchise, but as Westbrook goes, so goes the Eagles offense. If the Eagles offense is to be at their most effective and dominant they need a healthy Brian Westbrook this season.
Injuries limited Westbrook's effectiveness last season. Though even on a "down" year B-West still found the end zone 15 times! An offense and running attack lead by Westbrook makes all of his offensive teammates better. For example....
Last season when B-West had 20+ carries in a game the Eagles went 4-0. In those same 4 games, McNabb completed 64% of his passes, threw for 1053 yards (253 per game), 7 TDs and only 1 interception. No doubt some of the best numbers of McNabb's 2008 season.
The offensive line added two behemoth run blockers in Stacy Andrews and Jason Peters this off-season. And now there is actually a true FB in the backfield leading the way for Westbrook. These additions are designed to get the dominant B-West back.
Hopefully Thursday is the first step to the return of the 2007 Westbrook. Or I'd even take the combination of Westbrook and McCoy equaling the 2007 Westbrook.