Heeeeeeees BAAAAAAAACK!!! Could it be the beginning of a new era for the Eagles?

Heeeeeeee's BAAAAAAAACK!!! Could it be the beginning of a new era for the Eagles?

Earlier tonight, ex-convict Michael Vick returned to the field for the first time since December 31, 2006, ironically playing for the team the had last played against in the Philadelphia Eagles.  Andy Reid and the rest of the Eagles’ brain trust predictably played it safe, limiting Vick to mainly shorter

passes in a night where both Vick and the franchise began a new chapter. All seems good in the City of Brotherly Love for now, but things could get very interesting if the “E-A-G-L-E-S” Eagles fail to meet the demands of their rabid, at times criminal fanbase, many of which are thinking that this could be their year to finally make it to the top and win their first Super Bowl.  In fact, it’s not THAT far of a stretch to think that the 2010 NFL offseason could bring both a quarterback change and a head coaching change to Philadelphia.

Let’s look a year into the future and assume that the Eagles once again make the playoffs, but fail to go all the way.  Eagles fans have long been bitterly divided over the play of Donovan McNabb.  McNabb, once again proving

Eagles fans are known for their, well, um, slightly over-the-top

Eagles fans are known for their, well, um, slightly over-the-top antics in the stands...

that he couldn’t quite lead the team to the Promised Land, is once again berated with insults and calls for his trade or release by the fans, as per usual every year Philly falls short.  However, unlike past years where this was basically impossible because the Eagles would then have to turn to the likes of A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb, or a completely unproven rookie QB, they now have Mike Vick who can take the reins of the offense and has had a whole season to learn the Eagles schemes and play calls.  The front office shops the aging career Eagle QB to the highest bidder, and there will be bidders on McNabb.  They end up sending him to offensively-challenged Oakland, a literal black hole for quarterbacks, where he ends up in a QB battle with his old backup, Jeff Garcia and JaMarcus Russell, who is looking more and more like a bust with every pound he gains, thus paving the way for the newest Philadelphia Eagle.

Obviously, it goes without saying that the easiest person to blame for a team’s lack of success falls solely on the Head Coach.  Andy Reid has been feeling the heat for his sometimes questionable personnel and play-calling abilities, especially after last year’s stunning defeat in the NFC Championship Game to the Arizona Cardinals.  Another year like that could very well be the end of Andy Reid’s days in Philly.  Who would replace him, though? Two

Andy Reid: Eagles Head Coach/Future Mall Santa Claus

Andy Reid: Eagles Head Coach/Future Mall Santa Claus

words: Tony Dungy.  Again, this isn’t that far of a stretch when you look at the chain of events that led to the Vick sigining in Philadelphia.  Dungy was Vick’s “advisor,” which allowed him to prove to Eagles brass that he could not only work well with Mike Vick, but also with the front office within the organization.  In addition, this would allow Dungy to implement an offensive scheme in Philadelphia that is more like the Colts’ offense, which thrives on big pass plays downfield, the area where most people would agree the team has improved in the most over the last two drafts with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.  So Dungy might fit the needs of the personnel package in Philadelphia better than Reid does at this point.

So you see now that the Eagles really aren’t that far away from being a very different looking team this time next year. The pieces are all in place, it’s really just a matter of whether or not the stars will align for the Eagles on the night of Super Bowl XLIV.

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