Jul 29, 2009 Eagles Commentary
While there are some very good reasons to be optimistic about the 2009 Eagles campaign — it doesn’t take much thought to put together some reasons for doubt, either. Will the offensive line gel? Will and how much will the defense suffer after losing Jim Johnson? And perhaps the biggest of all, will Brian Westbrook be healthy and effective?
But the other likely NFC East powerhouse — the Giants — have their share of question marks as well.
- Don’t forget, this team also will have a new, unproven defensive coordinator (Bill Sheridan).
- Eli Manning is playing without Plaxico Burress, and the Giants did not go out and get any of the big name receivers that were rumored available. Whether any of their young crop of receivers is really any good is yet to be determined.
- Gone is one big part of their rushing attack — Derrick Ward. Keeping Jacobs healthy is more vital than ever, as “Ahmad Bradshaw, feature back” has never been tested.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This team will be good. They have an excellent offensive and defensive line — and when you’re team is strong in the trenches you will always be competitive.
The question I see for them is — when they face a tough defense, will they be able to put up points? The passing game is the key to almost every modern and powerful NFL offense. And whether Eli and that group of pass-catchers will be up to the task is an open question.