Looks like the Philadelphia Eagles are doing its best Miami Heat impression this offseason.
They have seemingly signed/acquired every star (or former star) under the sun. Aside from the big splash that was Nnamdi Asomugha (who doubles as my wife’s secret boyfriend), Philly has acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie via trade, Ronnie Brown, Cullen Jenkins, Vince Young (albeit as a backup), and Jason Babin.
Now does that mean curtains for the rest of the NFC, you asked?
Here are my two answers: no, and hell no.
First of all, football is the ultimate team sport. Those aforementioned additions need some time to jell in Philly. Those additions need to learn the playbook and have as many reps as possible so they can feel comfortable with their new teammates.
Also, keep in mind that resident (and stud) CB Asante Samuel is now running his mouth about being disrespected with Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie around. Now that situation bears some watching.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Eagles WILL be among the favorites in the NFC – and they will definitely win their division – but they are not the team to beat in the NFC.
Enter the Green Bay Packers.
Last time I checked, the Packers won last season’s Super Bowl (unfortunately against my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers) with 13 players on the IR – most of those were starters. The Pack had young players who stepped up and obviously filled in admirably for the injured starters (James Starks for Ryan Grant is a good example).
As a result, the Packers are young and crazy deep. Led by Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay is here to stay.
In the NFC it’s the Pack’s world and everyone else, including the Eagles, are living in it.