CHEMISTRY RISKS: Key holdouts and friction; years of unsuccessful runs taking toll.
CHEMISTRY HELP: Franchise QB in place; veteran defense; coaching
PREDICTION: 3rd in NFC
[View Full Quote]The Eagles caught lightning in a bottle last season as the presence of Terrell Owens on offense removed a huge amount of pressure from the defense allowing the secondary to adjust to new starters. New DE Jevon Kearse added pressure at times, but nothing that would justify his huge contract. The key addition for Philly was the return to health of RB Michael Westbrook-- a key player down the stretch and a major factor in both playoff wins. But both Westbrook and Owens are holding out and disturbed WR Freddie Mitchell has been release. Owens even publicly called out QB Donovan McNabb regarding his Superbowl meltdown, otherwise a taboo topic in the City of Brotherly Love. Can the Eagles survive this kind of locker room friction? I say not over the long haul. The Eagles will fight through at first, but when added to the weariness that five consecutive unsuccessful playoff runs brings this added trouble will be too much.
I heard the same thing last year.
The Eagles are going down, their defense will suffer without Vincent and Taylor, T.O. is a cancer--blah blah.
They are still more talented than we are. Just because we had a strong offseason is no reason to start thinking crazy. Wait until we play a game and above all else, kick their butts before claiming superiority.