A Look Back – Apparently, the 2009 NFL betting season just wasn’t good enough in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphia Eagles had a fantastic regular season, just narrowly missing out on the NFC East title at 11-5. The offense was the best in the division, scoring 429 total points. However, an early exit from the postseason at the hands of the rival Dallas Cowboys didn’t sit well, and sweeping changes were made from the team.

Key Addition – LB Ernie Sims – From the days of Jim Johnson calling the shots for the defense, speedy linebackers were a must in the City of Brotherly Love. It certainly doesn’t get much faster than Sims. The former Florida State Seminole was a cog in the Detroit Lions defense since being drafted, and now we are going to find out whether this was a product of Sims being inadequate at outside linebacker or whether the rest of the pieces of the puzzle around him were just that weak in the Motor City.

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Key Loss – QB Donovan McNabb – Here is where your sweeping changes began for the Eagles. Not only did they think so little of McNabb that they were intent to get rid of him, but they traded him to a divisional rival! With #5 now playing in Washington DC, HC Andy Reid is going to be forced to turn to either QB Michael Vick or QB Kevin Kolb. Kolb is clearly the direction that the franchise would like to go in, but Vick will see plenty of time, and rookie QB Mike Kafka could step in if need be.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Kolb is the real deal. If not, the entire city of Philadelphia might be burning. Philly fans crave success at this level, and if Kolb can’t step in and immediately bring the team back to the postseason, he is going to be destroyed by the media and the crowd in the City of Brotherly Love. The Houston product proved that he could put points on the board last season, throwing for 718 yards in two starts in place of the injured McNabb, but can he do it over the full stretch of a 16 game season?

The Crucial Game – Depending on whether or not QB Brett Favre is playing for the Vikings, the game the day after Christmas at home against Minnesota could be make or break for the Eagles. If that game ends in defeat, the clash against Dallas on January 2nd could also be very, very important.

Predictions – It is pretty clear that the rest of the NFC East has, at very least, stayed just as competitive as it once was. Dallas and New York should be competing for playoff positions, while you know that the Redskins, with a new quarterback and head coach in tote, are going to be a thorn in the side of this Philly team the entire season. It is hard to see how the Eagles are getting back to the playoffs, though it is certainly an expectation.

2010 Philadelphia Eagles Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. GB (Pick)
9/19 @ DET
9/26 @ JAX
10/3 vs. WAS
10/10 @ SF
10/17 vs. ATL
10/24 @ TEN
11/7 vs. IND
11/15 @ WAS
11/21 vs. NYG
11/28 @ CHI
12/2 vs. HOU
12/12 @ DAL
12/19 @ NYG
12/26 vs. MIN
1/2 vs. DAL


With Donovan McNabb being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Washington Redskins, Kevin Kolb inherits the starting role much like Aaron Rodgers did two years ago for the Green Bay Packers.

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Kolb, like Rodgers in 2008, joins a team that was in the mix for the playoffs with their veteran quarterback.

The comparison looks pretty good as Kolb has solid numbers except for a throwing too many interceptions while Rodgers struggled his first season as a starter because he threw too many interceptions (13).

The Packers fell to 6-10 in the first year under Rodgers after going 13-3 while the Eagles went 11-5.

If anything, Kevin Kolb is ahead of where Rodgers was when he took over his team. His four touchdowns against three interceptions last season doesn’t look very good, but all three interceptions came against a ball-hawking New Orleans defense. Kolb bounced back against the Kansas City Chiefs with two passing touchdowns and a 120.6 passer rating.

Kolb needs experience to handle the more sophisticated defenses in the NFL, but with a solid supporting class around him he shouldn’t have too much trouble against more typical defenses which should translate in to a 9-7 season falling just short of a playoff spot.

Today’s denial by St Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo that they are pursuing Donovan McNabb shouldn’t do a thing to stop speculation that he’s leaving. After all, until he actually gets McNabb, the only smart thing to do is deny any rumors.

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If he gets McNabb, then great. But if he fails, then he’s just destroyed his relationship with his current QBs while getting nothing back.

McNabb’s been rumored to be heading to St Louis, Minnesota, Arizona, San Francisco, Buffalo, Washington and probably everywhere else but I can’t be bothered to keep researching.

St Louis seems to be the front-runner based on how often their name is mentioned in relation to McNabb, but I can’t see McNabb signing an extension there.

I think Minnesota is probably the best fit for both player and team although if Arizona can replace Boldin and Urban they’d also be a good fit.

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Where will Julius Peppers end up?

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

One more day until we find out whether Julius Peppers goes for the money or he goes for the chance to win a championship.

He already has a boatload of money from his time with the Carolina Panthers, so he doesn’t need to pursue the highest-value contract. But, you can never have enough mansions.

If he wants to go for a Super Bowl, he’s going to have to accept less money since none of the teams that play in the sort of situation that he’s looking for can afford to spend what Peppers is asking for.

If rumors are to be believed, there are four likely destinations for Julius Peppers: the Chicago Bears, the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears may not be able to afford Peppers, but they’d dearly like to have him in the line-up.

It’s rumored that some of the Bears staff met with Carl Carey who happens to be Peppers representative at the NFL Scouting Combine. Peppers is Carey’s only client, so unless they were talking about the weather…

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles won’t be able to compete with some of the top-dollar teams, but if Peppers decides a championship is more important than money then the Eagles should be in the mix.

Peppers would help the Eagles short-term, but he doesn’t make a lot of sense. The Eagles don’t normally spend a lot on free-agents, and they don’t normally sign older players like Peppers to long expensive deals. They’d be more likely to sign some of the cheaper free agents out there.

Washington Redskins

Under Shanahan, the Redskins are switching to a 3-4 defense which means Peppers would have to switch to outside linebacker. But Peppers has already made it known that he’d like to see how he fits in a 3-4 defense.

The Redskins can afford send the Brinks truck to Peppers, but they’re probably not going to be a championship contender for a little while so Peppers would have to give up on his dream of winning a Super Bowl.

New England Patriots

The Patriots are the perfect 3-4 team for Peppers, but they can’t afford to pay him anywhere near what he’ll get from some other teams.

The Pats with Peppers become instant Super Bowl contenders. He could do that for any number of teams, but the Pats can afford to pay him more (at his discounted price) than he’s likely to get from teams like the Eagles.

Eagles Can’t Lose With QB Moves

Everyone is talking about Donovan McNabb and how Philadelphia Eagles fans seem to have had enough of him.

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Personally, I think they could win the Super Bowl with McNabb if they made some moves to shore-up the defense. But Philly fans see a lot more of him and if they’ve had enough, then who am I to argue.

Whether they keep McNabb or trade him, the Eagles are in an excellent position to make some quarterback moves and get help on defense because they have between two and three starter-level quarterbacks.

McNabb is of course a starter. Kevin Kolb has shown promise and with a few more reps, he could be a starter. And Michael Vick is a starter and could turn in to a really good one if he plays in a system that takes advantage of his athleticism.

They are in an excellent position to make a trade that will upgrade their defense because there aren’t a lot of candidates for starting quarterback jobs to be had through trade or free agency, but a lot of positions to fill.

The Cardinals have lost Kurt Warner and the Vikings could lose Brett Favre.

The Browns, Bills and Rams all would benefit from picking up any one of the Eagles three quarterbacks.

McNabb would be a good option for any team that either has a young quarterback who needs time, or plans on drafting one this year.

Vick is a bit of a gamble, but he could be a franchise quarterback for a number of years and would be a good option for a team that’s giving up on their QB prospects and has the pieces to challenge.

And Kolb could turn in to a solid NFL QB for a long time to come.

Whoever goes and whoever stays, Eagles fans can be sure their stable of quarterbacks will net them some quality players or prospects in return as teams get desperate to fill the most important position in football.

The Eagles’ odds to win the Super Bowl are currently at +1500. When they start dealing their quarterbacks, those will almost certainly improve.

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On Saturday Night January 9, 2010 Cowboy Football took a major leap forward. The first playoff victory for the Dallas Cowboys since 1996. 12 years in the waiting. The Philadelphia Eagles took their second straight loss at the hands of their NFC east rivals. Much was said about Tony Romo and his inability to win a playoff game, those comments disappeared into the toasty climate that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has provided with his 1.5 billion dollar stadium for America’s team.

Much was said about the comments that the Philadelphia Eagles made publicly trying to downplay their shut-out loss six days ago. The importance of the game last week was down played as well, to Andy Reid’s credit, not by him. Many will speculate that Donovan McNabb should not have a chance to quarterback this club next year, with his contract guaranteed through 2010, I do not see many other choices. Wide receiver, Deshawn Jackson was running his mouth through his writing on twitter, yet another avenue for players to reach fans, and in the process put their feet (both of them) in their mouths. Jackson did just that. Jackson said that Cowboy football, corner backs included could not cover him. I guess it is not a good idea to upset players, when you have not had too much success against them to start off with.

Jackson did just that. The Philadelphia Eagles spiraled out of control on the field, and when DeMarcus Ware slapped the ball out of the grip of McNabb’s hand last night, the ball and the Eagle’s season went to the ground and out the window. The Dallas Cowboys are off to Minnesota for Sunday’s game next week. I cannot sit here and write like Jackson did, truthfully I do not know enough about the Vikings to do that. What I do know is the Cowboy Football is peaking right, regardless of the opponent. Romo keep your magic working, Defense keep your philosophy – “See someone, hit someone”. The game will take care of itself. For Deshawn Jackson, tweet this!

This is our year… Cowboy Football

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