Going into the season last year, it had seemed as if the window was closing quickly. However, with drastic changes on both sides of the ball, the Eagles became a much younger squad in a hurry. However, two large veteran statues remain; Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb. Andy Reid’s first draft pick was Donovan McNabb and both have enjoyed their fair share of success and failure over the last 10+ years. However, with the two holding such important positions, it appears that the team is only going to go as far as these two take us. Sure the defense turned last years dismal season into another heartbreaking NFC Championship loss, but it still remains Andy and DMac’s team. Which leads into the question; Is this tandem good enough to win a Super Bowl or good enough to keep the town interested? And is time running out?
Whether the Eagles are willing to admit it, they are feeling serious pressure from the Phillies. The recent success of the Phillies has created a buzz that has forced the Philadelphia fan base to push for a win-now mentality. The problem with this Eagles team that has haunted them is that they have not been able to win the big game. Every year seems like De Ja Vu; getting close enough to get the Philadelphia fan base behind them but fail miserably once they are put on the big stage. With the Eagles recent struggles in close games (4-13-1 in the last 2.5 years in games decided by 7 pts or fewer), one has to wonder if time is running out on these two. Donovan is an All-Pro and Andy is a great coach, but when Plan A fails these two have great difficulty making in game adjustments which results in frustrating losses (See Oakland & Dallas game).
This Eagles team has serious playmakers on both sides of the ball. Yes, injuries have taken their toll, but doesn’t every team go through this? I think the Don and Andy tag team has about a year and a half left to bring a super bowl to Philadelphia. This town will not settle for simply making it to the playoffs anymore. We have given this tandem 10+ years and something has to give. With rumors being swirled around that the Eagles may look to extend the contract of Andy Reid, the pressure is on D 5’s back. This town is tired of hearing about needing a better game plan, too many injuries, and not having players prepared. No more excuses just get the job done!
It is extremely rare to find a coach and quarterback tandem remain in one city for more than 10 years. Most people would equate this existence to be of great success. However, the Philadelphia Eagles have been mediocre posting a record of just 38-33-1 since that great run to the Super Bowl in 2004. While we still have half a season to go, you have to think at what the future relies for this team. Kobb looks like the replacement for McNabb, but have we seen enough? The replacement is there for Westbrook, but will McCoy bring the flashes that Westbrook once did? Who will finally emerge as the leader of this team? Questions remain every where and only time will tell. One thing remains however; winning a championship ring will change the fans perspective on these two forever. Just look at how Elway is embraced in Denver after finally delivering a championship to a starved city…