The Eagles have made strong second-half runs under Andy Reid on a few occasions. Do you think they can do it again? Why/why not?
No, I think this is a different team. I think what we're seeing is a
team that's in transition. Transition from being a dominant team in the
NFC East to a team that now has to rebuild certain parts of their team
to reach the high level they once obtained. I think this is a year
where the Eagles realize that their team isn't as good as they thought
when the season started.
Do you see signs of Donovan being his old self? Is he done in Philly
after this year?
McNabb shows glimpses, but he isn't consistent. I don't think we can
say that the injury is still bothering him; this may be the player he
is at this point in his career. I think the only way McNabb is back in
Philadelphia next season is if the Eagles make it to the Super Bowl.
Outside of that, he's gone.
What area has held this team back the most?
It's a mixture of things. I can't point to one position and say, "This
is what held them back." It's obvious to say McNabb, because he
controls the ball the entire time the offense is on the field. But I've
been a little disappointed with the interior offensive line. Shawn Andrews, Todd Herremans and Jamaal Jackson have to step up their game.
The coaching has to get better. Reid always says he has to get his
players in the right position to make plays, well I think he has to
show that ability. There are a lot of problems on this team right now,
and if they wait one more week to answer it the season is over.
Trent Cole has 9 sacks. What makes him so good?
He's a tough player who plays with a high motor. He never stops. He's
so quick off the edge and plays close to the ground. He gets underneath
the opposition and uses his strength to fight off blocks. He's been the
Eagles most consistent player all season. It's nice to see that one
player will represent Philadelphia in Hawaii this year.
What must the Eagles do Sunday to win -- and will they win?
The Eagles have to show offensive consistency and play team football.
It seems like it's every man for themselves on the field. The defense
has played well. I'm not worried about them, but I want to see McNabb
play to his full potential. The injury is old news and it's time that
he showed Eagles fans that he can lead this team again and take them to
the next level. If the Eagles don't show consistency on offense, they
will lose. My prediction is: Redskins 27, Eagles 17.
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