Sports Opinion & Analysis

2012 Might Be The Eagles Year

In NFL on June 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

Cue the “Dream Team” Remix that DJ Porter did last year, and get him to start updating it. This might be the Eagles year to finally live up to the hype.

“Whatever you do, don’t play like last year.”

Heck, even Michael Vick seems to think so.

And why would a team that was such a colossal mess last year all of a sudden be poised to take the next big step when, historically, the franchise never does? A team that, throughout its history, has always been the bridesmaid and never the bride? A team that never seems capable of exorcising its demons?

Remember all that talk about how great the team was supposed to be last year?

Now give them a full off-season to work out the kinks.

Last year, it didn’t matter who your team had on their roster, because if they weren’t all together since the year before, they didn’t have a prayer. In the lockout shortened preseason, it didn’t matter what trades or free agents your team got, because with the shortened schedule, the new guys didn’t have enough time to learn the culture, playbook, flaws and strengths of their teammates before the bye. If the team wasn’t together since at least 2011, they weren’t going anywhere. Fast.

Look at the San Francisco 49ers.

Everyone is quick to credit the 49ers of last year as a team filled with top-rated talent. And they were. There’s no doubt that Patrick Willis and Frank Gore are some of the best players at their position (Willis probably is the best at his position). And that’s just naming a few. But for the most part, the team had the majority of the same top-rated talent years prior, and weren’t able to do anything with it. Granted, a good coach goes a long way (especially one that makes Alex Smith look capable), but the team didn’t have to go through the same growing pains other teams, like the Eagles (who had a serious roster overhaul), had to go through.

This isn’t any slight against the 49ers. They were a great team, and only a few mistakes away from probably winning their sixth Super Bowl. But they did have a leg up on the competition, because the chemistry of the team was already mostly there.

The Eagles, on the other hand, started their year trying to figure out who they were after reconstructive plastic surgery. It was a bunch of names and bunch of money, all thrown out on a field and expected to figure it out. Near the end they started to, but by then the team had dug themselves such a hole, it was almost impossible to get out of. Imagine what a full off-season can do with the potential they showed during the last four weeks of 2011?

“Show me the money!”

As Denny Green famously said, “if you want to crown them, then crown their ass.” I’m not going that far. It’s still not even training camp yet. But if I was in the NFC East, I wouldn’t go through my OTA’s with the Eagles off my radar. If I was the rest of the league, I would at least take some notice. They were supposed to be pretty good last year and all. And they still are pretty much the same group of guys…

Either way, 2012 might just be the year for the Dream Team we expected in 2011. Besides, the world’s supposed to be ending this year, right? The Eagles have to win it sometime, don’t they?

  1. I live to hear you say the niners probably would have won their 6th, but it brings back painful memories. Lol

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