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Addressing the Eagles Question Marks


Just brief summary of the Eagles(alleged) biggest question marks. Starting with...

5. Safeties: Allen is legit pending his knee being healthy and judging by practice so far he's been full go, so I'm not very worried. Jarrett is a hitter and will not be asked to do too much in this his rookie season, needless to say with the 3 CBs we have. He will not have more than basic coverage responsibility until he is absolutely ready. Coleman is more than adequate(0 missed tackles in a lot of playing time for a 7th rd rookie) and will likely improve with the experience he had from last season.

4. OL: Watkins will be a significant upgrade over the Poop de Jour the Eagles had at RG last season. The best OG in the draft isn't going to be better than Max Jean-Gilles or Nick Cole? Justice is projected as Starter at RT. He was hampered by the constant change at RG last season and also by a knee injury the last 3-4 games of the season. If he returns healthy the (expected)stability of the RG will improve RT position.

3. LBs: Admittedly the biggest Weakness/unknown on the team. However, Chaney was markedly better than Bradley when pressed into service last year. Fokou was solid(against the run especially). Matthews is unproven(and won't be mistaken for Clay any time soon to be sure) but has been showing well thus far. Also, if the Eagles play from ahead as much as they usually do, running against them would be a waste of time. That's the whole idea of of our D is to get ahead then get after the passer. Clayton should excel in a Nickel LB role. Jordan(if he makes the cut) is an excellent ST player. 

2. Vick: With Improved play of defense he won't need to have the exact same kind of year as last year. I don't expect a repeat of last season but being close to as good is not a stretch. Also, Vick's injury history is very overstated. The 3 games he missed last year(the week 17 DAL does not count) was the first time in his career that he had missed more than one game in a season, with the obvious exception of 2003, when his ankle was broken in the preseason. 
Link: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/2549/michael-vick

1. The NFC Favorites:  I readily admit that the Packers are, and should be the favorites. Driver is only getting older but is still playing at a high level. Jordy Nelson only has impact due to Jennings/Driver and Jones is a drop machine. The Eagles missed two field goals in the playoff game, and the defensive/OL upgrades are absolutely worth the 5 pts the Packers won by. However, there is Zero case to be made that the Falcons should even be in the Convo. The Packers and Eagles both massacred them last year. Their pass D is ineffective. and when playing the Packers or Eagles that will get you killed.


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