Five Reasons The Eagles May Regress In 2014BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Monday, June 2nd, 2014
- The Eagles are confident that Maclin is fully recovered from his 2013 rehab season. They are counting on him contributing largely to the success of their 2014 offense. If he is not 100% or if he were to reinjure his knee, Cooper is your #1, followed by the unknown of rookies and guys like Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith. (Sorry all you Jeff Maehl fans, leaving his name out of the conversation.)
-Staying healthy as a “team” for a second consecutive season, the odds are not in our favor. Once the pre-season was out of the way taking Hunt, Maclin, Phillips and Benn out of the mix for 2013, the Eagles were the healthiest team in the league last season. If lady luck were to reverse such a fortune, a blow to the offensive line or secondary could be a challenge to patch up.
Chip has his players invested in eating, lifting, running, sleeping and thinking the right way, but the game of football is brutal, and injuries are a challenge that even the best preparation can’t fend off.
- The level of weekly competition is difficult. The NFC West is composed of teams with aggressive/physical defenses. We also see the likes of some of the best quarterbacks in the league with matchups against Rodgers, Newton and Luck.
The Eagles are no slouch; they were a playoff team last season. How do we match up against the seasoned playoff teams? How about those coming off Super Bowl wins and appearances over the last few seasons?
How do we match up against the big boys? Are we on the same level, can we hold on our own? We will know shortly, to be the best you have to be able to beat the best.
- The Redskins have improved their offense and hired a coach looking to make a statement in his first season calling the shots. The Giants made huge upgrades to their defense, offensive line and drafted a versatile wide receiver in the first round of the draft. The Cowboys appear to be going in the wrong direction, but a rivalry is more than talent versus talent when the game is played.
-The gap has certainly inched closer with the divisional rivals. The season came down to week 17 versus the Cowboys last year, with the Giants and Redskins out of the running pretty early. The runaway with the division is not going to be as easy for the Eagles this season.
What if Foles is unable to adjust to what defensive coordinators bring his way? The blitzes increased toward the end of the 2013 season and into the playoffs. Defenses knew Foles liked to wait for his receivers to get open.
Foles will not have the deep speed option and how that opened up space in the middle of the field. He will have to build chemistry with some new vets and some hopeful rookies.
Foles will be playing his first full season as the starter and for that new “big pay day” contract. It has gotten the best of other young quarterbacks in the past; Foles will try to not be another name on that list.
This is about the fear that Henery puts on the coaching staff. His deficiancies will adjust the play calling. Forcing things which may result in great starting field position for the opposition; this is what having average” kicker will do.
Henery with a game winner of 45+yards with no time left? Kicking into the wind or with precipitation falling? No, no and no.
Having a part of your football team that you fear more than trust is something that will lose you a game or two throughout the season, and possibly cause too early of an exit in the playoffs.
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