Fly Eagles Fly Far Far Away

Last night during the MNF game, it hit me just how many players the Eagles lost since the SuperBowl. Sure, you can make arguments that every team loses players, but I can’t think of any other team in the NFL who lost so much of the past-year’s starting lineup:

QB McNabb (IR)
WR1 Owens (asshole)
WR2 Pinkston (IR)
WR3 Mitchell (asshole)
RB1 Westbrook (ankle, could now be out for season)
RB2 Buckhalter (IR)
OLine Fraley (IR)
OLine Mayberry (New Orleans)
OLine Hicks (out)
DE Burgess (Oakland)
K Akers (hamstring – missed good bit of season)
P Johnson (IR)
DE MacDougle (Got shot)
DB Shepard (IR)
ST Reese (Atlanta)
DT Simon (Indy)
ST JR Reid (hurt hopping fence)

This is — of course — aside from their regular injury report —
Questionable: G Artis Hicks (knee); DT Sam Rayburn (shoulder); LB Dedrick Roper (elbow)
Probable: K David Akers (right hamstring); RB Lamar Gordon (concussion/ankle); RB Reno Mahe (back); TE Stephen Spach (foot); LB Jeremiah Trotter (knee)

With all this said, I’m still not sure why the defense couldn’t use the same plan they did so effectively against LaDanian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers. Stop Tomlinson and make their quarterback work. Seattle and San Diego are so similar in my opinion.

While doing that wouldn’t have gotten them any scores, it might have kept the game closer so the Eagles could have been more conservative with the offense to prevent turnovers.

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