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A couple of thoughts here


A - I'm sick of hearing of how the Eagles are just a pass, pass, pass team and everyone else runs a much more balanced attack. Yet, after watching the Patriots and Saints throw a million passes (Obviously NE ran more when they were up a lot), you never hear what a sissy unbalanced attack they have. Furthermore, I guarantee no New Orleans fan nor beat writer is going to say "Hey if we ran the ball with Sproles 5 more times the game we probably would've won."

B - I don't know how you can watch the Niners and not think the Eagles need MAJOR, MAJOR upgrades at line backers. These guys are big, fast, strong, and have good football instincts. They make plays laterally, north to south, and they can cover. They also forced quite a few turnovers and if SF had a better than just an "average" offense it really shouldn't have went the distance. How many times did they show a replay and Drew Brees had to throw to the ball away due to superior coverage not only by the safeties and corners, but by the line backers as well. Granted, the Saints got their yards and their big plays, but if you give Drew Brees 70 throws, that's bound to happen.

C - Speaking of offenses, in the NFC you NEED a big play offense. I know Philly is a blue collar town and much rather see the Steelers 90's smashmouth football compared to this finesse team... But you have Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers in your conference, you NEED to be able to score some points and make the big plays...Because if you don't, they will. Luckily for SF, they found a couple of big plays. On the other side you have Tom Brady, so if you want to get a ring you better be able to make the big plays.

D - Darren Sproles reminds me a lot of Brian Westbrook. Really under sized but a smart player and he needs special attention. Though, I think Brian Westbrook was better than Sproles, I also think Westbrook is better than McCoy. Maybe McCoy will go down as the better runner, but Westbrook was such a weapon. In 2006/2007 teams were just hoping that they could contain him to under 150 yards. In the 2004 Super Bowl, NE made sure that Westbrook was well covered and that he was contained in the run game. Even though the Eagles had Terell Owens, they focused much more on 36 than 81, hence the reason why Owens had a big game by catching everything underneath and making big plays. Westbrook won't ever have the stats, but he really was a HOF talent.

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