Missanelli on Eagles: “They’re Too Good”
The prelude to this Eagles season is boring. You know why, because they’re too good.
As a fan base, we love to pick on the things that a team needs to improve for it to be a contender. In the Eagles case, it’s hard to find. But for the purposes of this exercise, I’ll give it a shot.
Here are my only worries as the Birds head into a potential Super Bowl season:
- Carson Wentz gets hurt. I know, he’s heartier and healthier, but I wonder if his instincts — i.e. trying to tackle somebody after an interception, or not running out of bounds when he escapes the pocket and tries to rush for a couple of yards — will take over. At practice Sunday, Carson tried to chase down an interceptor. Grugier Hill was ready to blast him until he realized who it was. Put the instincts on ice, Carson.
- Jason Peters gets nicked and has to come out of the lineup periodically. Not only does that destroy the OL’s chemistry, but it puts rookie Andre Dillard under a light for which he might not be ready.
- Who starts at corner? Can I trust Ronald Darby coming back from the ACL? Is Avante Maddox a cornerback starter in this league or is he best as the nickel? Can Sidney Jones play at all.
Other than that, I’m good with the Eagles going at least 12-4 and playing for the NFC title.
That’s so boring, isn’t it?