Today is the day. Finally, a very long offseason and preseason culminates in another season of Eagles football. I for one am beyond pumped. I can’t wait to see how Sean McDermott maneuvers his chess pieces. I am excited to see an offense that has the potential to be one of the league’s most dominant. I’m sure it will take a couple weeks to shake off the rust and work out the kinks, but the Birds are stacked with talent. The sky, as they say, is the limit.
Here’s a package I whipped together detailing the Birds magical 2008 playoff run:
Now, it’s time for a few season predictions. Everyone’s doing it, so I figured I’d join in on the fun:
Record: 11-5. They will win the division. Who finishes second? I’m going with the ‘Boys.
Pro Bowlers on offense: McNabb, Weaver and Peters (I think he rebounds after a sluggish preseason). DeSean will be a first alternate.
Pro Bowlers on defense: Samuel, Mikell, Bunkley and Trent Cole. Trent will notch 14+ sacks.
What about Westbrook? It will take him a few games to round into shape, but once he does, he’ll remind us of his brilliant playmaking ability. Then he’ll get hurt and miss a couple games. By then, Shady will be fully acclimated into the system and offer us a glimpse of the star he will one day become.
Then there’s the defense: Since McDermott is working with a short deck, so there will be ugly performances. You know, the ones when they allow long touchdowns and appear lost. That being said, I think they will force enough turnovers to remain feared. Look for Chris Clemons and Macho Harris to be responsible for a few big plays each.
The Vick factor: He will help win two games. The rest of the time he will be painfully average.
I won’t mention a certain game that’s played every February, but I’ll write this much: If last year’s Steelers can win it all despite an atrocious offensive line and inconsistent running game, there’s hope for teams like the Eagles.