The Eagles went into the bye week coming off a nice win but knew they still had a lot of other questions that would need to be answered. There was still question as to whether Donovan McNabb would be able to return the following week, how to effectively use Michael Vick, and how to fill the void Stewart Bradley left by tearing his ACL. With a record of 2-1, the Eagles were happy but not content.
It was only three weeks into the season but the Eagles were already struggling with injuries. The Bradley injury was the most difficult as there was no consistent solution to fill the middle linebacker hole. Many would try, and many would fail. Not having Donovan McNabb or Brian Westbrook on offense also had an affect on the team. Both are skilled players, but they also bring a lot of leadership to the offense. We were able to see a nice preview of the future, but it wasn’t the right time.
Everyone knew this team had the ability to do big things, but everyone was also skeptical. We saw the Eagles roll two bad teams and get rolled on by a good team. Did this mean the Eagles were just some mediocre team? We didn’t know because their was no consistency in the roster. When would we see the Eagles use the roster that would be the one that would carry them through the season? There were too many questions and not enough answers.
At this point in the season I still felt like this was a playoff team that had just hit some snags in the road. It was convenient to have a soft schedule to open up the season, and if it was any different who knows what would have happened.
Week Four Headlines:
Trotter works out for Eagles, again
Kevin Kolb named NFC offensive player of the week
Checking up on the NFC East
Bye Week Interview
Friday Five Pack – Bye Week
Week Five Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers