Now granted Broncos were also elite, but it balances itself out. If you have two elite teams, the deal breaker comes down to their weaker side. For example, if you are a right-handed boxer, you can rely on that right hand all you want, and your right hook may be especially mean. Your left hand may not ever be as good or fast or dominate as your right, but if you only use your right hand to carry the fight, you are bound to lose eventually. Seattle had a good right hand in their defense, but their left – offense – wasn’t no slouch either. Denver just had a right hand, and they got “out-boxed”.
Enter the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, offensively, are elite. The only team, which produces more on that side of the ball, is the Denver Broncos – who Seattle exposed as a one-handed fighter. In this offseason, if the Eagles can add to what makes them elite, and build the talent in their left hand, winning the Super Bowl does not seem far out of reach. In fact, it seems likely.
Offensively, the Eagles are ONE – just one – piece away from being unstoppable. It’s my personal opinion that this piece revolves around a sure- thing, freakish wide receiver. Florida State Seminoles Kelvin Benjamin comes to mind, who enters this year’s draft at 6-5, 234 pounds. On the defensive side of the ball, many more pieces should be replaced, moved around, or removed altogether. However, if the defense can develop into not so much a strength, but less of a weakness, then the Eagles would be in prime position to win it all – this year. The Eagles does not need their defense to be like the Legion of Boom, although I would love to see that happen. Truly, if the Eagles can have a top 13-15 defense, balanced out with a top 1-2 offense, may prove enough to overwhelm the NFL.
The defensive terror of old that the Eagles defense reigned down upon opponents is deeply missed, along with former Eagles Defensive Coordinator/Legend/God, Jim Johnson. However, the Eagles already have a key ingredient to make it to this upcoming season’s big dance; we just need to make sure we can actually dance when we get there. The Eagles are already elite, and need to add to what makes them elite, and make their weaknesses more effective.