Matt Mosely of ESPN thinks it could happen this year. Here is what he wrote in a recent article:
Matt Mosley: Which team will be this year’s Giants?
I realize the Jacksonville Jaguars would be the logical choice if you have them ranked behind the Colts in the AFC South, but let’s go with something a little less obvious. The Eagles’ season was doomed from the start last season because of the uncertainty of how starting quarterback Donovan McNabb would respond from ACL surgery and because of the family issues that plagued head coach Andy Reid.
But something funny happened over the last month of the season. The Eagles could have packed it in, but instead they started playing their best football. They should automatically be better on defense with the addition of All-Pro cornerback Asante Samuel. And the release of veteran Takeo Spikes will actually make them more athletic. Jeremiah Trotter‘s replacement, Omar Gaither, grew into his role as the season went on and I think he’ll be a much more consistent player.
McNabb started to look like himself down the stretch. He desperately needed someone to stretch the field, and rookie DeSean Jackson has a chance to be that type of player. Kevin Curtis is a nice receiver, but he’s better in the No. 3 role. If Jackson can quickly emerge as a consistent deep threat, it will take pressure off McNabb and All-Pro running back Brian Westbrook.
You can make the argument that the Cowboys and Giants have more talent than the Eagles, but I just sense a bounce-back season about to happen. The Eagles won’t win the division, but they could still be this year’s version of the Giants and win a Super Bowl title.
I have to say Matt is on to something here! He really hit on some good points as to why the Eagles could bounce back in a big way in 2008.
A few more reasons why the Birds could be this years Giants:
- A healthy L.J. Smith should improve the red zone woes.
- Brian Dawkins had to nurse his premature twins back to health last off season. The girls are doing great now, and Brian can focus on football.
- The Iggles really addressed the special teams in the off season. Chris Clemons, Kris Wilson, Rocky Boiman, Dan Klecko, Lorenzo Booker, DeSean Jackson, Quintin Demps, Joe Mays, and Andy Studebaker were all key special teams contributors for their former team. This current Eagles special teams group is a major improvement over last years.
- The Eagles had the toughest schedule in the NFL in 2007(.563 strength of schedule). They managed to finish 8-8 with the hardest schedule, and I would expect at least 2 more if they draw an easier one this year.
Super Bowl here we come!
Tags: Andy Reid Asante Samuel Brian Dawkins Brian Westbrook Dallas Cowboys DeSean Jackson Donovan McNabb Jeremiah Trotter L.J. Smith New York Giants Omar Gaither Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Takeo Spikes