7. Will the loss of Sheldon Brown cripple the defense?
An undeniable aspect of human nature is that often times people are not fully appreciated until they are gone. My hunch is that this will be the case with Sheldon Brown.
Brown lined up every week and competed hard. He also operating mostly just under the radar in terms of official recognition as he is less flashy than good.
Trading him away to Cleveland for a draft pick might prove to be problematic. Ellis Hobbs is penciled in to take his spot, but he was already a notch below before suffering a serious neck injury that ended his 2009 season.
A key element to enable the Eagles Jim Johnson signature attacking defense is corners capable of handling receivers in single coverage. A weak link at corner undermines the whole scheme and leads to big gainers.