It was the middle of October when I posted a diatribe about how - with all of the talent on the team - that it was the coaches responsibility to get the Eagles back on track. Some people told me I was dead wrong on that but something has changed with the birds - something for the better - and I blame the coaches.
With just a couple of tweaks to the rosters, April has made a huge change to ST coverage and proved he was a good hire, Morningwhatever is finally getting good performances from everyone but Brent Celek - same cast (except for one running back) but much better performance, and Castillo has turned a bunch of 2nd stringers into a pretty reliable group. We have two of the best QB's in the league and now the Eagles are playing like it.
The weakest link here is still Opie McDermott, but he has also shown a good bit of improvement. Certainly they are strong against the run, not so much against the pass. McDermott's corps are improving, but still have a way to go. I'd love to see Hobbs healthy and concentrating on returns now - where he shines like the sun. He can be a backup CB and I wouldn't complain.
This team has a truck load of talent, and we are now deep enough in the season for the Bradley and Peters knees to be 100%. The team is healthy. The rookies have enough game experience that they are no longer big liabilities. I feel like my 8-8 prediction will be blown out of the water. If they stay healthy and they will have a long post-season.
But now, here's a thought: The only skills gap on O that I can see is a high performing Tight-End. I love Brent Celek and will not give up on him, but what a about Cornelius Ingram? Now that his knee problems have settled down, might it be a good idea to get CI on the field? TE is a dormant position for the Eagles right now - except as an additional blocker. I would still love to see why all the insiders were so high on CI during camp last year. And with 1 additional skills weapon on the O - what D could stop them?