Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What a Roller Coaster Ride

The scarf, the shirts and the retro kelly green jersey have all been put away for the off season. They are all of the items that went through one hell of a roller coaster ride this season with the birds.

From the opening day thrashing of the Rams to the disaster that was the Ravens and Bengals to beating Giants and Cowboys to make the playoffs and then the end of the ride a loss to the Cards in the NFC Title game after coming back to the take lead.

At one point during the season, the Raven game, you though the Eagles as you know it were done, Mc5 was benched for Kevin Kolb and it looked like the team was heading nowhere quickly. Blogs in the Eagles Nations started questioning the future of the team, was Andy going, was McNabb going, but come to find out the benching of Mc5 might have been the best thing for the team, during the second part of the season Mc5 was playing like an MVP.

I know it has taken me a little while to write a season in review piece but there was a reason why the OTWT decided to hold off on doing it. After the Cardinals game the only emotion that I felt for this team was anger and by writing at that time I would have been screaming for Jim Johnson head, but now after 10 days it's a little easier to look back on the season and the players that made the season so stressful, yet exciting.

Team MVP: Quintin Mikelll, SS, (yes that is him in his Boise State days in the photo to the right). Yes not B-Dawk or even Route 36 or even Mc5. Mikell was the player on the defense that kept that unit together. When Dawk did not play well at the start of the season Mikell was the play maker that maded the defense go.

Biggest Surprise: Brent Celek, TE: His performance in the NFC title game showed that he can make plays at the NFL level and his play means the end of the TE that everyone loved to hate, LJ Smith.

The question that everyone wants to know is what is next for the birds, its not out of the question to see the birds back at the top of the NFC East next season, especially if you look at the Cowboys and Giants pending off season.

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