There is a ton of excitement coming from Eagles fans about the 2010 season. The team has a new look to it and there is a new buzz going around about the youth the team has and what they could be capable of doing.
I think a lot of people look at this team and believe they can be very successful. I agree with this, but let’s take a step back for a minute and look at a few things that could stop this team from finding success in 2010.
The first thing that jumps out to me is the secondary. When the Eagles traded Sheldon Brown, they opened up a huge hole at the cornerback position. Asante Samuel will be a starter and you know what to expect from him already. However, on the other side there is a lot of question. The Eagles have an open battle for the right cornerback position heading into Training Camp. I could see this being like the free safety spot last season. There may be a few different starters throughout the year as the coaching staff struggles to find someone who can play consistently enough to start every game.
Staying on defense, there is a lot of pressure on free safety Nate Allen to be an opening day starter and stay there all season. I think the Eagles were hoping they could transition him into that spot as the season progressed, but when Marlin Jackson went down for the year, it changed things.
Allen needs to have a great Training Camp and prove he was worthy of the “Donovan McNabb pick.”
As for the rest of the defense, I think there is plenty of talent, they just need to determine which personnel fit in the best.
On offense, you see young Pro Bowl caliber weapons all over the field. Many of these players have already proven that they can play at a high level and are ready to do so for many years. The big question mark is Kevin Kolb. His job looks easy because he has so many weapons around him, but it’s a lot more difficult than that.
One thing that could stop Kolb from finding success in 2010 is the offensive line. I think there are three solid players that will be definite starters (Peters, Justice, Herremans), but there are a lot of questions outside of that group.
The biggest question is who will start at the center position. Nick Cole is the early front-runner but showed us at the end of the year just how important Jamaal Jackson is to this team. I do expect Cole to start the season; I just hope that he can take his game to another level.
At the other guard position, I expect Stacy Andrews to start and have a solid season. However, I expected that exact same thing last year and was very disappointed. He took a pay cut and has a definite chip on his shoulder. I know he has the talent, but he needs to prove he can stay healthy for a full season.
The new look Eagles have a lot of talent, but also have some areas that could hold them back in 2010.