Bold Predictions for the 2013 Season

1. All three Eagles quarterbacks make at least one start during the season.

The only thing that's clear right now about the Eagles QB situation is that there's nothing clear. A logical thinker would assume that bringing back Michael Vick on a new contract would dub him the starter, right? But wait, Chip Kelly has expressed admiration for Nick Foles and Foles has been taking more snaps than Vick with the first team offense, so maybe he's the lead man, right? Hold the phone, because Matt Barkley has been one of the most impressive rookies thus far in OTA's. Throw in the oddly-timed GJ Kinne signing as well as Dennis Dixon taking snaps, and you've got yourself a very murky QB situation. The fact is, nobody has separated themselves for the lead role yet, and there's no reason to believe anybody will. It's almost a given that both Vick and Foles will see the field plenty this year, but don't be surprised to see Matt Barkley join in as well.,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47534661,d.dmg&biw=1366&bih=677&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=8VCzUej_Bse44APX0YHQCA#um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=eagles+quarterbacks+2013&oq=eagles+quarterbacks+2013&gs_l=img.3..0.3045.4367.0.4654.,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47534661,d.dmg&fp=46a73bbf02cfbefa&biw=1366&bih=677&facrc=_&

2. The Eagles will lead the league in rushing

This one isn't really all that bold when you think about it, especially if Michael Vick winds up playing most of the season. Given Chip Kelly's tendency to run the ball often, combined with what is one of the most loaded backfields in football, it would be quite a shock if the Eagles don't form a formidable ground game. Much like the quarterbacks, I'm expecting all the runningbacks to play an intricate role in the offense. LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Felix Jones and even Chris Polk should see the field quite a bit this season.

3. Zach Ertz will outperform Brent Celek and James Casey

All indications are that the Eagles will utilize tight ends more than we've ever seen before. Brent Celek flashed in 2009 and has had his moments since then, but it's no secret that the only thing he's consistent about is dropping the ball. He's a good, solid tight end, but in today's NFL (and especially in Chip Kelly's offense) you need a game-changing tight end, not just a solid one. Zach Ertz has the potential to become just that. He's faster than Brent Celek, he's stronger than Brent Celek, and he has a better feel for the game than Brent Celek.

4. Brandon Graham will have double digit sacks and Trent Cole will prove his doubters wrong

As of now, the starting outside linebacker positions are filled by Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. However, it can be assumed that there will be plenty of subbing done, so the "starting role" doesn't mean too much. Brandon Graham has simply not produced so far in his career, but don't forget, when the Eagles took Graham in the first round of the 2010 draft, he was a 3-4 OLB at Michigan, where he was a BEAST. Put him back at that natural position and watch out, you may have yourself quite a ball player. On the other side is Trent Cole, who some say is unable to play 3-4 OLB. May I ask why? He was "too small and too weak" to play 4-3 DE, but now he's "too big and too slow" to play 3-4 OLB? That doesn't make any sense. I personally believe both Cole and Graham will have monster years this year.

5. The secondary is going to be worse than ever

Replacing Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen with Pat Chung and Kenny Phillips is certainly an upgrade, but to what extent? Neither are difference-makers and the safety position continues to be a huge need for the Eagles. What's worse? The cornerback position. Cary Williams showed last season that he could be a reliable No. 1 corner in a defense filled with stars. But how is he going to perform now, in a new environment and a new surrounding? On the opposite side of the field is Bradley Fletcher, who'd be perfect for a No. 3 corner but questionable as a No. 2. Behind them are the likes of Brandon Boykin, Jordan Poyer, Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes, who will all be vying for playing time. What's more is the fact that one of the biggest reasons the Dream Team failed is because of the chemistry factor, and how all these new players were going to have to get used to playing with each other.

Well, we have four new starting defensive backs. Tell me that's not going to cause chemistry issues.

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