NFL.com’s Charley Casserly claims the Philadelphia Eagles will win Super Bowl XLVII.
As one might suspect, the former general manager of the Redskins and Texans believes the Eagles are an extremely talented bunch on the offensive side with LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and a healthy Michael Vick:
Quarterback Michael Vick had his first full offseason to prepare while secure in the knowledge he’ll be Philadelphia’s starter. Consequently, he’ll enjoy a career year. Receiver DeSean Jackson will once again emerge as the game’s most dangerous deep threat. Bottom line: The Eagles will be more explosive than ever on offense.
Ok, that isn’t the most absurd scenario ever. What about the defense though? They played a lackluster and uninspired brand of football at times last year. Yet, Casserly thinks the Eagles defense will be strong…historically strong:
On defense, they will set an NFL record for sacks by a defensive line. Trade acquisition DeMeco Ryans will return to Pro Bowl form at middle linebacker. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will be a strong candidate for defensive MVP with the Eagles using him as a press shutdown corner.
In case you’re wondering, the NFL record for most sacks in a season is 72 by the 1984 Chicago Bears. Philadelphia’s 50 sacks tied for first with the Minnesota Vikings in that category last season. So, Casserly is looking for a 23-sack increase which isn’t happening unless they find a Hot Tub Time Machine for Deacon Jones and Bruce Smith.
Even without morphing into the ’84 Bears, the Eagles have the talent to be a challenger in the NFC and possibly win the Super Bowl if everything breaks correctly.
However, that is an Andy Reid-sized if.
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