With one eye on the Eagles 2010 roster and the other on the 2010 Eagles schedule, I can’t shake the nagging feeling that we could be in store for one of those dreaded transition seasons. I just can’t see this team winning ten or more games. Not with a revamped defense and a new starting quarterback. Not with lingering questions at center, cornerback and linebacker.
Normally this kind of revelation in the middle of May would have me in state of minor depression, but that’s not the case. If my beloved Iggles finish with a 9-7 or 8-8 record, I won’t be searching for high-fives while pumping my fist in celebration, but I won’t be terribly upset either.
I want a Super Bowl victory as much as the next Birds backer. That goes without saying, even though I just said it, or rather wrote it. However, expecting a team this young to make a run at the title seems unrealistic. Reid and Co. would never admit they can’t contend, but I imagine they are bracing for serious growing pains.
Kevin Kolb will make mistakes. The running game will disappoint. The defense will struggle to find its identity. That’s not being negative, that’s just understanding pro football. It takes time to develop chemistry. Practicing together for a few months isn’t enough. Suffering through a season of highs and lows and intense pressure is what builds character.
Now, I still believe this team has the necessary talent to compete on a weekly basis. I will be pissed if they drop a 5-11 clunker. That will be inexcusable, unless they are completely ravaged by injuries. Reid is too good a coach to allow his charges to play uninspired football.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope KK and McDermott prove me and all the other skeptics incorrect. Hey, I love surprises. I’ll happily take a 13-3 season gift wrapped with a Lombardi Trophy. I’ll apologize profusely should that occur. I’ll wear a sign around my neck that says “I Suck.” I’ll use this blog to admonish my poor deductive skills. I’ll… you get the point.