Dan Pompei of The National Football Post took the liberty of breaking down the NFL’s top triplets which is composed of a team’s quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. In the case of the Eagles, Pompei obviously selected Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy for this exercise while choosing DeSean Jackson over fellow starter Jeremy Maclin at wide receiver. Fair enough. Jackson may not be the more consistent or complete player, but he grabs headlines for his speed, elusiveness, and big-strike plays.
Pompei ranks the Eagles’ triplets as the fourth-best in the league behind the Texans, Panthers, and Bears. Interesting.
The trio of Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson probably holds a slight advantage over other teams, but I’m not sure about Pompei’s other two selections. The Panthers have Cam Netwon, Deangelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart/Steve Smith, but Newton’s inexperience coupled with Smith’s increasing age would knock them down the list for me. As for the Bears, Matt Forte is tremendous, but I’m not sure the inconsistency of Cutler or insanty of Brandon Marshall puts them ahead of the Eagles. But we’re splitting ends here.
Here’s what Pompei had to say about Vick, McCoy, and Jackson:
This is the fastest, most elusive trio group and these triplets are particularly effective between the 20s. It starts with Michael Vick, who forces defenses to compromise by making sure he doesn’t take off running. LeSean McCoy may be the best running back in space in the NFL. And DeSean Jackson has exceptional quickness and cutting ability.