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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Philadelphia Eagles Preview 2004

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posted on Sep, 14 2004 @ 05:53 PM
The Eagles finished the 2003 regular season with an impressive 12 wins and they head into 2004 as the team to beat in the NFC. Philly made some serious improvements in the off-season acquiring (WR) Terrell Owens and (DE) Jevon Kearse. Owens will finally give the Eagles a go to guy on offense, something they haven't had in the past. Kearse will help a defense that was weak rushing the passer, finishing last season with just 38 sacks. However, everything was not golden this summer for the Eagles as the defense took a major hit with the loss of (LB) Carlos Emmons, who very well may have been their best defender last year.

The secondary also took a hit with the departure of both (CB's) Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent. Smaller corners Lito Sheppard & Sheldon Brown will replace Taylor and Vincent, so there could be a drop off in the pass defense. For a city that last won a major pro title when Dr. J and Moses Malone were wearing short shorts in 1983, the Eagles represent a real, tangible chance at an end to the misery. And it's not just the reason-deficient radio show- callers who think so - Andy Reid's team is a popular pick among NFL experts to win the NFC and have a realistic chance for more.



Star Power: QB Donovan McNabb, RB Brian Westbrook, WR Terrell Owens, S Brian Dawkins

Notable Additions: WR Terrell Owens San Francisco 49ers, LBD hani Jones, New York Giants, LB Jeremiah Trotter, Washington Redskins DE Jevon Kearse, Tennessee Titans

Notable Subtractions: RB Duce Staley, CB Troy Vincent, CB Bobby Taylor

Donovan McNabb struggled early in the 2003 season, but rebounded nicely in the second half despite having few weapons to work with. And while he has never been tremendously accurate as a passer, he has been plagued with a receiving corps that has failed to consistently gain separation from defenders and drops far too many catchable balls. What McNabb lacks in accuracy he more than makes up for with his agility, which gives defensive coordinators one more base to cover and frustrates pass rushers to no end. Koy Detmer is listed as the No.2 QB, but free agent signing Jeff Blake could push him for that position. Detmer has a great understanding of Andy Reid's offense and has done an adequate job when pressed into service in the past, but Blake possess better skills and would probably be the better option should McNabb miss extended playing time again.

Philadelphia has been an elite NFL team for the past three seasons, and has seemingly gotten better with the addition of Owens, Kearse, and a pair of solid linebackers in Jones and Trotter. If they remain relatively healthy, the Eagles have the makings of a Super Bowl team. But make no mistake, depth will be a huge issue on this club. Reid's squad is thin at running back, wide receiver, on both lines, and in the secondary. Significant injuries to Owens, Kearse, Westbrook or either of the starting corners would be catastrophic. The Eagles will need an uncharacteristic streak of good luck in the injury department to be NFC champions. If they're still playing on Feb. 6, and the opponent is someone other than the deeper, more talented Patriots, Philadelphia could have its first-ever Super Bowl title. With Duce Staley taking his services to Pittsburgh, the Eagles will rely on Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter to carry the load this year. Westbrook is the more explosive of the two, and his abilities in the passing game make him the logical choice on third downs. However, he has durability concerns and lacks the size to be an every-down player. Buckhalter has been banged up in the past, but bounced back nicely to have a solid season in '03. Between the two, the Eagles should be able to produce an adequate running game provided the passing game can loosen defenses up a little more than in recent seasons.

The Eagles' runs through the playoffs the last three years have come without a consistent playmaking receiver, but the addition of former 49ers wideout Terrell Owens should change that. Landing Owens during the off-season was an arduous task, with the enigmatic superstar landing in Baltimore by trade after a contract snafu seemingly had ended his opportunity to become a free agent. But after much protest and the realization by the Ravens that Owens didn't want to play for them, a deal was worked out by all parties that allowed Owens to sign with Philadelphia. Although it was tough getting Owens in Philly green, it should be worth the effort. He is a big, physical receiver that has the ability to easily surpass on his own the total touchdowns scored by the receiving corps as a group in '03. Last season, Owens nearly doubled the production of the Eagles receivers by scoring nine touchdowns as compared to just five for Philadelphia's group. The addition also paves the way for Todd Pinkston to move into the No. 2 role, where he is a much better fit, while Freddie Mitchell moves into the slot. Behind Mitchell are second-year receivers Greg Lewis and Billy McMullen, who have just seven career receptions between the two of them, so depth is a bit of a concern here.

posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 09:26 PM
Firing on all cylinders, this team is on a mission. to get where they haven't been before. (At least without Vermeil...)
And they just may do it this year, since the teams that have beat them the past 3 years in the championship games have all seemed to give up on this season. unless St Louis is showing signs of life, that is...


posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 03:24 PM
David Akers drilled a 50-yard field goal with 5:02 remaining in overtime as the in-form Philadelphia Eagles remained unbeaten with a narrow 34-31 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb completed 28-of-43 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns with an interception.

It marked the first time in six games this season that the Eagles failed to win by double digits. But that will matter little to Philadelphia having now won their opening six games for the first time since 1981.


posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 03:58 PM

Eagles receiver Terrell Owens catches a 40-yard touchdown pass in front of the Browns' Anthony Henry during the second quarter. Owens was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after the score.

posted on Oct, 27 2004 @ 09:33 PM
Eagles RB Westbrook questionable with rib injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Running back Brian Westbrook has a cracked rib and is questionable for the Eagles ' game this weekend against Baltimore.

The rib injury did show up on the first X-ray, but more tests revealed a small crack of the first rib, Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday. The normal recovery time for that kind of injury is four to six weeks, but Westbrook won't necessarily be out that long, Burkholder said.

Westbrook, Philadelphia's leading rusher, was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 34-31 overtime victory against Cleveland. He leads the Eagles with 458 yards rushing. He also 31 catches for 249 yards.

Burkholder said the Eagles ran more tests on Westbrook after he continued to complain of discomfort and trouble sleeping. Burkholder said he didn't know when Westbrook would play again.

"He's got to be able to function," Burkholder said.

The Eagles, already thin at running back after Correll Buckhalter went down with a season-ending injury in the preseason, will start Dorsey Levens against the Ravens.

"We're not going to change the offense," coach Andy Reid said. "We'll keep doing what we do.


posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 06:55 PM
Terrell Owens gave Ray Lewis some dance tips, mocking the All-Pro linebacker with a few of his own moves and making even more enemies in Baltimore.

Owens had an 11-yard TD catch and David Akers kicked three field goals, helping the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens 15-10 Sunday to reach 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Owens, who angered Lewis and other Ravens when he spurned Baltimore and forced a trade to the Eagles in March, had eight catches for 101 yards. After breaking several tackles to score in the fourth quarter, Owens, known for his innovative celebrations, imitated the dance Lewis does when he's introduced before home games.


posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 06:59 PM
Another week around here hearing about the undefeated Eagles.

posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 07:01 PM
i don't understand why someone doesn't put TO into the cheap seats during one of his celebrations....t me it is self centered, egotistical one upmanship....he may be a great football player but to me there is no room for this kind of thing in sports if for no other reason than one day the shoe will be on the other foot and atheletes have long memories when someone shows them up like he does

posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 07:33 PM
Yeah, a little fun is alright, but this guy goes way overboard.

posted on Nov, 1 2004 @ 11:50 AM
Ray Lewis should knock him into his place, if they play again, which is think they do, if he dances again, just nail him

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