The Final Word
Perhaps more so than anytime in the past ten years, forecasting how the Eagles will fare this season is particularly challenging. The team has engaged in an almost complete purge of the veteran players that led this period of unprecedented success.
Some players like Kolb will move from the supporting cast to a leading part. Other young players such as Allen and Graham will be asked to play important roles despite little or no NFL experience. And, players rebounding from injury such as Jackson, Bradley and Hobbs are being counted on to not only return to previous form, but perhaps to take their play to the next level.
There are clearly a lot of variables in the equation. Success does not hinge, however, on all these unknowns being answered affirmatively.
Some have obvious greater import than others. However, many are symbiotic in nature and the degree of success achieved in any individual area has the potential to overcome other less successful areas.
For instance, everyone can agree that a huge pass rush would take a great deal of pressure off the secondary.
On the other side of the ball, the importance of McCoy's play would surely be lessened if Kolb turns out to be "all that and a bag of chips."