A few weeks ago, KC Joyner of ESPN wowed us with his own proprietary set of metrics that proclaimed the Giants would win the division because they led the league in "Comp+CTCHBCITBDHTG adjusted factor." For those of you who don't know football, CTCHBCITBDHTG stands for "Completions that could have been caught if the ball didn’t hit the ground."
Then Matt Bowen of the National Football Post informed us that Rob Ryan was going to implement an aggressive defense, and would even attack the line of scrimmage, as well as opposing protection schemes. Seems like a great idea. Bowen deducted that Ryan would be the missing piece that would bring the Cowboys to NFC East supremacy. Hard to argue there. Rob Ryan coached defenses have never won a division title in his career, but this that's going to change. Just because.
Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain... Stars. And that D... Sure, the Eagles put up 59 points on the Skins in 3 quarters Week 10 last year, but everyone forgets that the Skins shut them out in the 4th quarter of that game. Look it up. Shut them the eff out. In fact, the Redskins outscored the Eagles 7-0 in the 4th quarter of that game. It was like the Eagles quit. Quitters.
Silva also brings up a great point about the Eagles' reckless acquisition of players in free agency, and it's hard to disagree.
- I had thought that trading Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick was a good move, but while DRC may have more talent, Dimitri Patterson brought continuity. You simply can't teach continuity. Reckless!
- And then the Eagles sign Nnamdi Asomugha! At first I was like "Asante Samuel! Nnamdi Asomugha! DRC! Holy shit! How are people going to pass against this defense?" But then reality set in, and the reality is that the Eagles are now too talented at corner, so it won't work. Reckless!
- I was also sort of excited about bringing in pass rush specialists Jason Babin on the outside and Cullen Jenkins on the interior. But now I'm wondering if they'll forget how to get to the QB. I mean think about it - Quick... What did you have for breakfast yesterday? See? Seeeeeeee?!?!? Remembering isn't easy. Reckless!
- And then the Eagles signed Steve Smith! Worst... 4th WR... ever. Reckless!
OK, breaking character...
Look, the Eagles are far from invincible, and I get that people are going to try to suggest why Dallas or the Giants or even the Redskins are going to win the division for the sake of being provocative. Wanna talk about the Eagles' interior OL? Fine. Wanna take that interior OL thing to the next step by questioning Vick's ability to stay healthy? Alright. Their youthful and shaky LBs? Fine. Their rookie K/P combo? Ehhh, now you're reaching a little, but OK.
But please, give me something a little more concrete than "almost interceptions," defensive coordinator gurus that have done jack shit in their careers, or anything relating to the Redskins... at all. Thank you.