It was Robert Kennedy who said “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
Week 3 of the 2011 NFL regular season has been and gone; the self-declared “Dream Team” mustered an unconvincing display at home against their rival Giants as they slipped to the bottom of the NFC East. Looking at the current state of the Eagles one can’t help but ask why?
Like many an Eagles fan I could barely contain my excitement during the condensed free-agency period, as blockbuster signings were ushered into to an already impressive locker room. NFL analysts and pundits all but placed the Lombardi trophy in Vick’s hands, as they talked enthusiastically about the team, its coaches and the Eagle’s front office.
Approaching week 4 the Eagles are potentially without the services of their pro-bowl quarterback Michael Vick. Proponents of the ‘vaunted’ Defence will trumpet the Eagles impressive sack total (12); not so impressive when compared with the next team down the list - the Cleveland Browns (11). An unproven Linebacking core has contributed to the Eagles ranking 30th against the run and, whilst boasting a backfield that includes the likes of Samuel, Rodgers-Cromartie and Asomugah, have accumulated a lacklustre 2 interceptions.
At this early stage in the season it would seem premature to crown the Eagles champions of the NFC, let alone the world. However, I can’t help but scan the collection of talent, skill, speed and football acumen that constitute the Eagle’s roster and find myself daring to ask why not?