The Eagles free agency and draft period between late March and April appears to be one of the best in franchise history, assuming the product shows up on the field. Something was different from a year ago, when teams were scrambling to sign any and everyone with the shortened free agency period. This time around there was no flashiness or no showboating, locking up guys in their own organization and making moves for key positions only when needed. Re-signing guard Evan Mathis and left tackle Demetress Bell ensure the Eagles have the top 4 offensive line they ended their 2011-2012 campaign with, even possible for dominance without ailing left tackle Jason Peters. Locking up wide reciver Desean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy ensure that two of the most explosive playmakers at their respective positions are happy and are motivated for even more success.
The trade for interior linebacker Demeco Ryans still remains my favorite move of the offseason, making the linebacker core quicker and faster. Ryans gives the team a leader on defense. The Eagles draft picks were even MORE impressive, adding defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and defensive end Vinny Curry, giving this team an even more powerful front 7. Cornerback Brandon Boykin adds depth at corner and in the return game, and wide reciever Marvin McNutt adds size and depth at the wide receiver position. All in all, needs were filled spectacularly. Now the Eagles have to go out and dominate the NFC, but more importantly, dominate the NFC East.
The Eagles can very much win the NFC East by playing smart football. Michael Vick is having a full offseason. Needs were met on offense and defense. Andy Reid has something to prove. Juan Castillo has a year of experience coaching the defense, and a lot can argue his schemes worked out close to the season’s end. If the Eagles limit turnovers, protect crucial leads late in games, and their offensive line holds, watch out NFL. It’s going to be a great ride for Philadelphia.
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