It seems like every offseason the Eagles make moves that have the fans stirring and starting to talk about the successes they should havin in the upcoming season. We’re not even to minicamp yet and these talks have begun. Check out this article by Rick Gosselin. He says that the NFC East battle will be between the Eagles and the Giants and whoever comes out on top will reign supreme in the NFC.
I don’t disagree that the NFC East is the best confrence in the NFC. Every team is talented and when they play each other, the games are intense. However, I hate talking about this kind of stuff for two reasons.
1. So many things are unproven. It’s really hard to evaluate a draft and talk about how the team will improve with these players. There’s always a chance that a team SHOULD improve with talented players out of college, but then there’s that word “bust.” It happens so often that you come to expect it. Don’t get me wrong, I love what the Eagles did in the draft but it doesn’t mean anything yet. It doesn’t mean anything in training camp. Truthfully, it really doesn’t mean anything until Week 17 of the season. At that point you can make a judgement as to whether or not the talent you brought in helped your team. This holds true for free agent acquisitions as much as it does for rookies.
2. The biggest reason I hate talk like this is because I hate having my heart broken. Every year we get pumped before the season starts and end up getting our hopes crushed down the road. Remember the talks of Lorenzo Booker being the next Brian Westbrook last year? That worked out well.
So what am I going to do with all these talks about how the Eagles should dominate in 2009? Well I’m going to take it all and be happy the “experts” aren’t saying we’re going to suck, but I won’t believe anything until I see it.