Philadelphia Eagles Are Just a Few Puzzle Pieces Short of a Super Bowl Team

By Joe Doris
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After an absolutely horrid 4-12 campaign this past season, it is hard to believe that the Philadelphia Eagles are anywhere near the caliber of a championship team.

Well, I beg to differ.

The way I see it, the Eagles are stocked wall to wall with incredible talent and are just a few key acquisitions away from becoming a serious Super Bowl contender. Yes, I said it, a Super Bowl contender.

Heading into last year’s 2011 season, the Eagles were expected to be easily one of the best teams in the NFL after acquiring a handful of highly-touted athletes, including CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well as backup RB Ronnie Brown and backup QB Vince Young.

The high hopes of the “dream team” (thanks, Vince) were quickly put to rest as the Eagles sputtered early, starting the year at 4-8, before pulling off four straight wins and finishing the year with a grizzly 8-8 record.

Eagles QB Michael Vick was also expected to have a boastful 2011 campaign after putting together a career year in 2010, just one season removed from a 2 year jail sentence. Unfortunately for Vick and the Eagles, the QB proved in 2011, as well as 2012, that his previous outburst was likely just a fluke.

But with Vick widely expected to be released at season’s end, the Eagles will have a big question mark at quarterback, considering QB Nick Foles proved this season that he cannot handle the NFL stage.

If the Eagles are able to lure an elite quarterback into Philly, with either a draft pick or free agent signing, I truly believe that they have the talent at hand on offense to make a legitimate Super Bowl run next season.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has proven himself to be one of the most dangerous and elusive speedsters in the league, and WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin both have the abilities and potential to be perennial Pro Bowlers with the right quarterback at the helm.

One of the biggest concerns for the Eagles this season was their battered offensive line, but they should be just fine on that front next year, as All-Pro LT Jason Peters will return from the Injured Reserve (IR) along with C Jason Kelce and RT Todd Herremans.

The final two pieces of the puzzle needed to create a Super Bowl worthy squad are a solid free safety, and a monster defensive lineman to compliment the Eagles’ rising stud DE Brandon Graham.

With DE Jason Babin no longer in Philly and DE Trent Cole showing that his playing days are numbered, a young and revamped defensive line is crucial for the Eagles. When it comes to free safety, the rotating circus of Colt Anderson, David Sims and Kurt Coleman is just not going to cut it.

If the Eagles make the right choices this off-season and are able to acquire elite players at these key positions, they are going to be a lethal force in the NFL.

Pending these acquisitions, don’t be surprised if you see the Eagles en route to a Super Bowl title next season.


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