By: Alex Kamel
Why are the Eagles getting no respect?
No one is putting enough respect on the Eagles name after defeating the Patriots in the Super Bowl and if I am an Eagles fan. I LOVE it. The Eagles had a fire lit under them after they became an afterthought when predicted MVP, Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL. The Eagles fed off of being the ‘dogs’ all throughout the playoffs, in the Super Bowl, and will continue that trend in the beginning of the 2018 season. The Eagles get their starting quarterback back, added defensive talents Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata, and offensive deep threat, WR Mike Wallace. SO… why are they being so undervalued going into this season? They will get the respect they deserve when the season starts, and teams learn to fear these Eagles.
How will Dak and Zeke perform with the departure of Dez Bryant?
I love the Cowboys style of offense. Old school powerful offensive line, smash mouth football. The best part of that style of play is it takes a lot of pressure off the quarterback. It was rumored last year that diva, Dez Bryant was always complaining about not receiving enough receptions and Dak may have been trying to force the ball to him just to keep him engaged in the game. The Cowboys moved on from Dez Bryant and now will be able to spread the ball around in passing situations, giving Dak complete control of his offense. They will be able to succeed with a quick pass style offense to complement their running game (if Zeke avoids any extracurricular activities off the field that could lead to him missing games).
Are the Redskins imitating the Chiefs style offense with Alex Smith?
This offseason the Redskins refused to tag or sign Kirk Cousins, and instead traded for Chiefs QB, Alex Smith. Kirk and Alex have somewhat similar styles of play which will make it easy for Alex Smith to adjust to the new offense. But, is the offense practically the same as the Chiefs? Alex Smith will be able to run his option style running plays with newly drafted rookie Derriuce Guice and will also have a deep threat in Josh Doctson and a big body TE in Jordan Reed. Sounds pretty similar to a Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce if you ask me. Coach Gruden explained that he was intrigued by Alex Smith’s “ability to move around and make plays” … “Those things you can’t coach."
The Redskins were limping out of the 2017 season after having their offensive line decimated by laundry list of injuries. They hope to have better luck with injuries to protect their quarterback of the future.
Will Eli succeed with all of these skill players surrounding him?
Eli has the most perfect situation around him. He has one of the most talented pass catchers in the league with Odell Beckham and projected rookie sensation, Saquon Barkley. With talents like these Eli will play a small ball style offense with slants to Odell and flat routes and screens from Saquon. This gives Eli a better passing percentage with a lower chance of interceptions. Not only will the improvements be on his stat sheets, but he has the playmakers that can take these 2-yard passes and turn them into long distance touchdowns.
Eli has proved to be on the decline of the past number of years, but there has been excuses of injuries, poor play from the offensive line, and terrible coaching from Mr. McDonalds MacAdoo. This year there are no excuses, and we will finally see if the 37-year-old quarterback still has what it takes to start in the NFL.
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