Who are the Eagles Really????by Marc Fanelle
The Philadelphia Eagles are a marvel in this short start of the NFL season. With a 4 and 2 record, they seem to be in control of the season. There are other questions that arise though. Is it all smoke and mirrors? Is the NFC really a true litmus test? Is the Eagles defense and special teams just young and need time to gel? I remember when Jim Johnson first got here with Andy Reid, Troy Vincent being interviewed and saying that “it would take 6 weeks for the Eagles to learn this scheme, but after that teams should be worried.” Could this be a case of a young talented defense, new defensive coordinator, running his best imitation of a Jim Johnson’s blitzing scheme? Or is it a case of parody in the NFL? Another few questions are is King Dunlap a better left tackle then Jason Peters, right now? Who should be the Quarterback, Mike Vick or Kevin Kolb? Will the injuries that have already happen haunt this team for the rest of the season? Lastly is this team a serious contender or is it just a case of mistaken identity. With a team that is more skitzofrenic then Russell Crowe in a “Beautiful Mind”. There is plenty of promise, but is it a team for the future or is it a team to win now? King Dunlap was given more help then Jason Peters was, but in all fairness Jason Peters is a season veteran with a huge price tag. Dunlap is basically a rookie playing out there and all the misdirection, potential screen pass set ups, end arounds and trick plays really worked to his advantage. Another thing that was a helper for him is Abraham is a good size defensive end. Smaller, faster defensive ends are going to be trouble for Dunlap. All in all I will take a struggling rookie type who doesn’t jump off sides three times a game and doesn’t get a holding call in a key situation in the game. Now as far as things go with the starting quarterback, I have no clue. But if Vick comes back in as the starter it could ruin Kolb. Just when it had seemed that Kolb beat the naysayers by throwing the long ball. All he can do is check down? No! This issue with Vick showing up at 12:15 might be a glaring one in the future. This is purely speculation, but my perception is that Vick was miffed he couldn’t play against his old team and that is why he was late. Again that is just my opinion. To answer the last question, injuries effect every team in football and if Peyton Manning goes down the Colts are done and likewise for any team. So I ask you this who are the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles? Only time will tell…..