Keep Brian Westbrook in some function as an Eagle
I haven’t heard much about Westbrook after he was shelved after his second concussion. I expect him to retire and deservedly so. He shouldn’t risk his health any further; like with Joe Frazier after his fight with prime Muhammad Ali, it may be time to hang his gloves. He knows now he has a good successor in LeSean McCoy. If Westbrook does decide to retire, I hope he returns to the Eagles in the front office or as a coordinator, like Harold Carmichael.
Get rid of Jeremiah Trotter
Jeremiah Trotter hasn’t been effective since his arrival. He has gotten 31 total tackles to date, but he only resides in the middle of the defensive corps statistically. For his earlier proclamation of “veteran leadership,” he is a veteran, but he’s demonstrated very little leadership.
Cut down on penalties
Penalties unfortunately have plagued the Eagles on both sides of the ball. Recently, the Eagles offense and defense have committed seven penalties average each in the last five games. That’s a lot of yardage that was lost.
Add more depth to the running corps
The running corps in particular could potentially require added depth. One cannot expect Brian Westbrook to stay for long, given his health. Despite his ability to practice, his ability to maintain himself in the game could potentially endanger himself and the team. As much as it hurts to say, the Eagles will need to look for backups for LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver after this season.
Keep the offense plays balanced
At this point, the Eagles have been running a a balanced offense. The Eagles have been running about 50/50 run-pass ratio in the last five games. If the Eagles intend on winning in the playoffs, this is the gameplan they should keep.
Keep DeSean Jackson and all the “young guys” happy
DeSean Jackson has become one of the most potent offensive and special team threats this year. LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver has become respectable running threats, averaging five yards per carry each. However, I can’t say enough about Brent Celek. He’s been averaging about 11 yards per reception and maintains a viable redzone threat with 7 touchdowns to date. What the Eagles lost in LJ Smith, well, they lost LJ Smith.
More responsible use of challenges by Andy Reid
Andy Reid occasionally challenges some idiotic plays; fortunately, he’s only kept up with the other coaches statistically. This is a passing concern. Maybe if he does chest bumps with DeSean Jackson before throwing a red flag, he’ll make better decisions.
Make Wildcat formation universal for other players
Most likely, by the end of this season, Michael Vick will be elsewhere as a starter. Maybe with the Carolina Panthers. Maybe with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Who knows? He has demonstrated what he is capable of once again as a quarterback. If the Wildcat formation stays through next season, the Eagles should begin employing maybe one of the “young guys.”
Give a solid farewell to Michael Vick
The Eagles and the fans should appreciate what Michael Vick has done. Despite Vick’s questionable past, he still retains his physical talent, and it was put to some good use by the Eagles. He does deserve a hand of appreciation, and I hope he gets one.
Win the NFC East title
At this point, it may be easier said than done. The Cowboys still remain a threat, and with their explosive offensive with Roy Williams and Miles Austin, they may be a contention to the crown for the Eagles. It may come to the showdown at Dallas Stadium, with the oversized jumbotrons. Marion Barber may also be a handful.
Win the NFC Conference title
The Eagles have a steep hill to climb to earn this title this year. The New Orleans Saints may have faltered recently, but they have too many weapons at their disposal to count their death early. The Cowboys win over them might only inspire them. The Minnesota Vikings aren’t quite as dangerous, but the Purple People Eaters can still swallow up Donovan McNabb. The Eagles will face their evil, make that eviler twin if they do face them. However, in spite of this, I think they may have the weapons to overcome this daunting task.
Win the Super Bowl
The Eagles have been here once before. Donovan McNabb and the Eagles collapsed against the New England Patriots. Are the Eagles good? Yes, they are. Are they great, as in Super Bowl ready? I honestly don’t think that they are capable of winning the ring. “Wait until next season” rings true yet again, Eagles fans.