• December 10, 2022

Could The Eagles Catch Lightning In A Bottle Like The Giants?

Here we are, more than two weeks removed from Super Bowl XLVI and the bitter taste of football still resides in my mouth. I’m tired of going over and over in my mind this scenario and that scenario; I just want to see the Philadelphia Eagles ride the floats down Broad St! I keep thinking about how this past season was to be our year. Well, I quit! I really do. I quit trying to live in past hopes and shattered dreams of a reality that I see only in my head that simply does not exist, at least not in Philly. So, I give up… I’m done!

The reality is the New York Giants are Super Bowl champs! Ugh! I hate even saying it! If there was a Super Bowl crystal ball, what’s it saying now? Is there a dynasty in the making anywhere? Since no one could predict that the Giants would be in the Super Bowl this year let alone win it by defeating the New England Patriots 21-17, what does that say for 2012 and the years to come?

Sports writers tried to predict who was going to rule the first ten years of the new millennium. Some were on course with the New England Patriots after their success winning three titles out of four Super Bowl appearances. But they were supposed to go 19-0 in 2007/2008 only to be spoiled by… the Giants, in what was to be the greatest season ever!  Who would have predicted the Giants would have won either of their last two Super Bowls?

When the 2011 season began, everyone was riding the jock straps of the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers were supposed to cruise right on through the 2011 playoffs and repeat this year… or at least make an appearance.  You can take all the numbers, the coaching, the projected draft, etc, etc, etc, yada, yada, yada… that just doesn’t add up to “New York Giants”.

All that said, who wins next year and why can’t it be the Philadelphia Eagles? I’ve been reading stories and watching the “experts” for years tell me why this team will win the “Big Game” this year and repeat “next” year.  Or why this or that team “won’t” make it.

Well, the Philadelphia Eagles will go to and WIN Super Bowl XLVII. If the “so-called” experts and the “qualified” can get it wrong, those who get paid to tell me who, when and why… and get it wrong… then why can’t I put in my little 2 cents? Wanna hear it? Here it go…

Looking at the 2012 Eagles, they won’t look too different from the 2011 edition. This year there will be the benefit of a complete off season, O.T.A.’s, (the draft of course) and a complete training camp. As a matter of fact, the NFL Scouting Combine is coming up this Wednesday and the free agency frenzy begins March 13th.

There are no real pressing needs unless you consider the linebacking corp. Everyone is saying the Eagles need a linebacker high in the draft this year. Here’s an idea, try former 1st round pick, defensive end Brandon Graham at a linebacker spot. Huh? Yeah, see if he shows the pedigree that the Eagles scouts saw when they drafted him.

Or sign Free Agent Stephen Tulloch from Detroit or London Fletcher, a nasty veteran of the Washington Redskins with great leadership skills who I think still has some gas in the tank. Others say we need a big hoss of a defensive tackle. But, you know the Eagles will surprise everyone and do something so abstract and bizarre that all the guru’s and draftnicks won’t even know what hit them.

The secondary already has the talent, and will be the stars they were dressed up last year to be… trust me!

Nnamdi Asomugha will return to his All-Pro status as  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will show that he was worth the deal to send Kevin Kolb packing to Arizona. But – and once again – where does that leave Asante Samuel? Is he the odd man out for sure this year? The answer is “yes”. This move will save them over $8 million dollars while removing any cornerback controversy once and for all! Let’s not forget though, the Eagles are in love with second-year talent Curtis Marsh and four-year pro Brandon Hughes. And still looking to shine is three-year hopeful Trevard Lindley.

The Eagles will draft a couple cornerbacks in April but how high? Where does the position rank on the teams list of priorities? The pressing questions to me are, if Nate Allen is really the guy at strong safety or is Kurt Coleman (my personal favorite) going to be able to keep slow learning Jaiquawn Jarrett (who I also like) off the field at Free Safety? The top three in my opinion? Dre Kirkpatrick from Alabama, Dwight Bentley of Louisiana-Lafayette and  Janoris Jenkins who had some of the field issues, could be the rising star of the future, provided he can leave the ganja alone. Aaron Ross of the Giants could be available for the right price but I don’t think the Eagles look to Free Agency this year for a corner, so… look for them to add corner depth in the later rounds.

Morris Claiborne of LSU will be gone but Mark Barron could be there if the Eagles are looking again to snag a strong safety. The Dallas Cowboys have the 14th pick (one ahead of Philadelphia and may want Mr. Barron for their immediate plans) so we need to be aggressive and make a move, otherwise, look in the 3rd round or the 4th (where the Eagles have two picks) to grab more depth.

The biggest move the Eagles make this year may have already been made. New secondary coach Todd Bowles has been coaching in the NFL for years and just missed being the Miami Dolphins head coach. He brings a truckload of experience and will find new fire in the veteran corners as well as fueling it in the younger players.

Finally, the most explosive offense in football – the team must and will keep phenom receiver DeSean Jackson – could become more so with the possible additions of Randy Moss (if he can stay interested) or Plaxico Burress who really wants to play.

Standout quarterback Michael Vick will rebound from a subpar season and MVP (in my mind) running back LeSean McCoy will continue to dazzle and establish himself as one of the top two or three backs in the game. Look to see rising star Deion Lewis make a huge splash this year as well.

The NFL has been uncovering gems for years, transforming “Crown Wearing Wanna-Be’s into Super Bowl Dynasties! The thing is, a lot of the time… you just never know. So, down with the experts! THEY KNOW NOTHING! Sometimes it’s just fate, or as we hear every single year… “Team of Destiny”. This year the “Dream Team” label will forever die as the Philadelphia Eagles walk into their destiny. I’ve got to be right one of these days… eventually. My 2012 -2013 Super Bowl dance card… Eagles and Texans. EAGLES WIN! EAGLES WIN! EAGLES WIN!

Mylow Young

Originally from Philadelphia Mylow now lives in Statesville, NC about 40 miles north of Charlotte. Mylow once aspired to play with the Eagles a bit after coming out of high school but was sidetrack by street activity and later drugs. He did however play Semi-Pro ball in the Tri-State Football Conference in 1978. He has have been clean and free from an addiction to crack cocaine for almost ten years now thanks to the mercy and grace of the God who loves him! Mylow is the author of two books, his first novel "Against the Gates of Hell: A Crack House Exodus" was released 9-1-11. Visit him at www.mylowyoung.com

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February 21, 2012 8:53 am

Love the optimism hear Mylow. I’m on board.

February 21, 2012 9:15 am

Your right…why the heck not dun.

I do see Mccoy having an MVP year…that should get them in the dance,huh Jeffy?

February 21, 2012 9:18 am

Not until they get a real GM who knows Football and how to evaluate and mesh Talent at the NFL Level to build a Championship Roster and also a Head Coach who stresses Physical Football over the Dink,Dunk, & Gadget plays that AR likes to do ..

February 21, 2012 9:22 am

Teams Defenses will focus more on McCoy (like they did the end of 2011 Season) where his Average Yard per carry dropped to about 3 Yards a Carry.. Teams will force the Eagles to beat them thru the air and make Vick stay in the Pocker to beat them..Can he do it consistently,while protecting the ball and himself and be patient enough to take what the Defense’s give him…. That’s what we will all be talking about next off-season as the Eagles begin to think about who their next QB/Face of the Franchise will be..

February 21, 2012 9:49 am

Juan Castillo is the defensive coordinator…..

Can the Eagles catch lightning in a bottle like the Giants?

Can Rhinos fly?

The Giants actually have done this before so it’s not plausible to assume the Eagles can do it like the Giants.

The Giants knows how to finish when they get in the Playoffs…The Andy Reid Eagles find ways to lose……Even with home field advantage so the answer is an emphatically NO!

February 21, 2012 10:18 am

Songs, “plausible to assume” – you pulled that out of your ass. One question was asked, then you answered a different one. Learn how to comprehend.

“The Giants actually have done this before so…” – wasn’t the case when they did it the first time you dope. Had the Saints done it before when they did it?

Had you had sex before you lost your virginity?

You sir have a seriously logic deficit.

February 21, 2012 10:27 am

Tom Coughlin Track record: 2 Super Bowl Titles
Andy Reid Track Record: (The one the our owner lauds) Lose in big games 0 Super bowls in 13 years.


February 21, 2012 10:31 am

lol Schill- i love it Mylow. I too expect a much better year… the Eagles are slowly realizing you have to have good position coaches to get the best out of these guys. Washburn and Mudd were huge upgrades…… btw, i bumped into Rory the other day, he’s doing good, he’s looking at a .25 cent raise if he can master the fryer….. its the McNuggets that screw him up… they keep burning. Anyway…… i think our secondary will be better and i love the Graham idea.. thought of the same thing when they brought in babbin. Do we have a LB coach yet tho?

February 21, 2012 10:39 am

Ozz – Nobody can argue with those facts. But those are about the past. This post was in reference to the future. You get that right?

February 21, 2012 10:51 am

Cullen Jenkins just restructured his deal to stay with the Eagles.

February 21, 2012 10:54 am

Stevo – Ha. I don’t trust Segrest as a “line” cook/coach – he’s better managing the janitors.

I don’t care much about the LB coach. To be honest.

February 21, 2012 11:25 am

Juan Castillo is the LB Coach as well as the DC..
He was last Season and will be again this Season with Mike Caldwell assisting

February 21, 2012 11:48 am

we’ll improve this season…9-7

will not make playoffs

February 21, 2012 11:53 am

No mention of keeping the line together by signing Mathis.

I see we just signed Jenkins…good move. He is a good player, and provides leadership on a defense that is looking for leaders.

Get Mathis signed, because if he gets to free-agency it will cost us more and there is a chance that he will move. It would really be great to enter a season without all of the questions on the O-line…besides the fact that a steady line is needed to protect our injury-prone QB. Keeping him healthy also needs to be a priority for this team.

February 21, 2012 12:09 pm

Early Predictions for the NFC Conference for 2012 Season

NFC East
Cowboys 9-7 (Division WInner)
Giants 8-8
Eagles 7-9
Redskins 6-10

NFC North
Packers 13-3 (Division Winner)
Lions 11-5 (Wild Card)
Bears 9-7
Vikings 4-12

NFC South
Saints 11-5 (Division Winner)
Panthers 9-7 (Wild Card)
Falcons 8-8
TB Bucs 4-12

NFC West
49ers 12-4 (Division Winner)
Seahawks 9-7
Cardinals 7-9
Rams 6-10

Wild-Card Round
Saints over Cowboys 38-20
Lions over Panthers 36-23

Divisional Round
Packers over Lions 30-28
49ers over Saints 26-24

NFC Championship
Packers over 49ers 27-23

February 21, 2012 12:11 pm

Coach AR is terminated with his entire Staff except for Todd Bowles who becomes the next HC for the Eagles..

February 21, 2012 12:40 pm

Paul, if Mike Caldwell is listed as the Linebackers coach, and the eagles anounce it in a press conference – facts from last season. Who in hell are you to redefine things?

February 21, 2012 12:46 pm

Last year when Castillo was named DC, he himself stated, that he would oversee the LB’s and work with them on a daily basis with Caldwell’s assistance.. Castillo is the Defacto LB Coach for the Eagles..
I am not re-defining things Schill, I just tell it like it is…

February 21, 2012 5:08 pm

The Eagles certainly could catch lightening in a bottle, but Mylow did you really think this past year the Eagles were going to go to the SuperBowl or even go deep into the play-offs. If you did you were deluded from the start. There’s no way a team can turn over 50%+ of their starters on defense, 50%+ of their starters on the O-Line, change position coaches on an abbreviated off-season and expect to be competitive in that same season…it’s just unrealistic.

February 21, 2012 5:15 pm

LOL!!!!!!!! Songs, and Shill, YOU GUYS HILARIOUS!!!!! HAAAHHAHA!!!!!