The Philadelphia Eagles had high hopes for last year's season, but the fell short of everyone's expectations. Can Michael Vick remain healthy and lead this team to the Super Bowl? Let's see what the NFL odds makers have to say about this team.
Eagles Week 1 NFL Pick
By: Jordan Sharp
Dream Team will have another season to try and prove their worth, and according
to the sportsbooks, they have an excellent chance to win it all. It all starts
in Week 1, as the Eagles will travel to Cleveland to face off against the
Browns. The NFL odds opened in favor of the Eagles at -8, but some very early
betting has bumped it up to -9 in favor of the road Eagles. One has to be
careful before blindly laying the points with Philly. Even though on paper they
are far superior, the Eagles were only 2-2 SU against the AFC last season. They
are 3-0 against the Browns in their last three meetings, so I guess at this
point, the Eagles are the play.
My Pick: Eagles -9
Does Reid have the control he needs?
By: Jordan Sharp
The Eagles have some of the most pressure of any team on themselves and their head
coach, Andy Reid this season. Philly had a very bad season last year
considering how many new players they brought in. Even with the Jason Peters
injury, Philadelphia is restocking and readying themselves for another season.
this is Philadelphia, and I know that Andy Reid’s job is on the line virtually
every season. If you ask 10 different Eagles fans about Reid, you’ll likely get
ten different opinions.
this season is a bit different, as Reid is taking over the day-to-day
operations of the Eagles. He has the control he has always wanted, but will
have more pressure on him than ever before. Not only does he have a great team
around him, it’s all on him if they fail.
hierarchy is still in place in Philadelphia, as they will still have a team
president. However, Reid has basically become the co-general manager with Howie
Roseman. It will be beautiful if they’re successful, and very ugly if they
Eagles for the NFC?
By: Jordan Sharp
biggest news in Eagles world over the last few weeks was the contract extension
given the LeSean McCoy. McCoy was one of the best runners in the league last
season, and now he will be in an Eagles uniform through 2017. The contract is
reportedly worth a total of $45 million, with $20.765 million guaranteed. Not
good news for other teams trying to retain running backs.
way, he and Michael Vick will both have to have excellent seasons together if
the Eagles want to win in the NFC this season. As I’ve stated before, the NFC
will be very good this season, and the NFC East isn’t getting easier.
isn’t all good in Philly, as the loss of Jason Peters is still looming. The
latest news on Peters is that he could lose a lot of money from his deal
because of his injury. It’s all up to the Eagles, but if they feel like he hurt
himself unnecessarily, they could take back some money due to the new CBA.
Eagles Draft For Defense
By: Jordan Sharp
Chances are the Eagles will improve upon last season’s 8-8
finish, having bolstered an already great team through the draft. The Eagles
got the best defensive tackle available when they drafted Fletcher Cox from
Mississippi State with the 12th overall pick. This guy is a monster.
He weighs 300 pounds, runs a 4.79 40 and had the best 3-cone drill time of any
defensive tackle in the combine. He will be a run-stopper for this team and
will demand double teams in the future.
Four of the Eagles first five picks were on defense, so it
is easy to see where their priorities were before the draft. This team was top
ten in almost every offensive category; imagine if Michael Vick had been
healthy for the entire season. Even with all the talent on defense, they were
still only middle of the pack in that department. With all these draft picks on
defense, you can bet they will be a good defensive team.
Outside their own division,
the Eagles play the AFC North and the NFC South this season. The AFC North
might prove to be harsh, but the NFC South won’t be nearly as tough on account
of the Saints’ problems with the league. Plus, I think the NFC East in general will be
down. The ‘Skins are still rebuilding while I think the Giants and Cowboys will
be down. I think we are going to see the Eagles come out fired up this season,
and they are my pick to win the division.
Philadelphia Eagles: The "Dream Team".... or not
By: Jordan Sharp
Philadelphia Eagles NFL odds to win Super Bowl XLVII: 12/1
of the “Dream Team,” will be focused on and looked forward to just as much as
last season. The Eagles really failed to meet expectations last
season, so Philadelphia will be looking to prove all their doubters wrong and
win the NFC East. If they can't, you can bet that
there will be hell to pay in the city of brotherly love.
Let’s take a look at
some of the offseason news surrounding this team and see where they are headed going
Free agent/trade news
Here is a list of the free agents that the Eagles
have brought in, and retained from last season.
Jackson WR (franchised)
to some of the other teams in the league, the Eagles have had somewhat of a quiet
offseason. Considering all the money they spent last season, it isn’t that
surprising. However they did have some concerns that needed to be dealt with. Franchising DeSean Jackson was able to end some debate, but a few concerns still need to be addressed in the NFL Draft.
Peters ruptured his Achilles during the offseason, so that left a big gap that needed to be filled. About two weeks ago, the Eagles signed Demetress Bell to start in his place.
then that, there are two unanswered questions surrounding the Eagles camp. First off, there
is a rumor that the Eagles might want to move up in this year’s draft, and are eyeing
the number 4 overall pick, but I’ll get into that in the next section.
piece of breaking news is the team is shopping CB Asante Samuel. With the big
payday that Nnamdi Asomugha got last offseason, and the team bringing in
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, it is not surprising. I think they are just poking
his name out there to see if anything catches their eye. I don’t think they are
aggressively shopping one of their best corners. Although, if the Browns want
him in exchange for the 4th pick, you can bet he’ll be on the move.
draft just over a week away, every passing day becomes more stressful for NFL
GMs and player personnel employees. As I mentioned above, just a few days ago,
it was reported that the Eagles were just one of the teams in discussions with
the Browns about moving up to #4. The Eagles currently hold the 15th
pick in the first round, and have two picks in the second round; their own and
Arizona’s from the Kevin Kolb trade.
obviously don’t need a quarterback, so the issue of who is the best
non-quarterback in the draft for Philadelphia. Considering their depth at wide
receiver, I doubt they go after Justin Blackmon. However, Alabama’s RB Trent
Richardson could be in the fold. Ronnie Brown has yet to be resigned, and if
the Eagles were to give up their 15th pick and one or both of their
second rounders, I could see them snagging Richardson as a back up/ change of
pace back to LeSean McCoy.
Eagles currently have nine picks in the draft, so they have some room to throw
the names like Samuel and their picks on the table, and see if either the
Vikings (currently 3rd overall) or the Browns take a bite.