The City of Brotherly Love loves its football and, of course, the Eagles. Now, even after 83 years without a single Super Bowl victory, the team has had its share of great, talented players over the years.
Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb
These two all-time great quarterbacks are the best ever to orchestrate the offense of the Eagles. Both were dominant both on the field and on the stats sheet. They even competed in multiple Pro Bowls. Cunningham though gains the upper hand because of his ten years of service to the team, while McNabb experienced much maligned career.
Arguably the best safety of his generation, no one exemplifies the spirit of Philadelphia better than Weapon X. Serving as the heart and soul of the team, he is a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and the 20/20 club (over 20 sacks and 20 interceptions.)
The last great two-way player in the sport, his talent was compounded by his drive and competitive spirit. As a linebacker, he earned the reputation of being one of the hardest hitters in the history of football. What is even more amazing is that he also starred at center of the Eagles’ offensive team.
The explosive, quarterback-terrorizing Minister of Defense does not only lay claim to the title of Best Philadelphia Eagle ever, he is also considered as the greatest defensive player in league history.
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Philadelphia Eagles fans have been yearning for playoff success for a long while now, with the team not having won a playoff game since the Donovan McNabb era. The search for the next franchise quarterback has seen nothing but setbacks, and team management probably think current starter Sam Bradford does not fit the bill.
After giving up several draft picks, which would have provided the team at least four potential NFL-level starters now and in the next two seasons, and two current starters in Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell, to move up to the No. 2 pick, the days leading to the draft were eventful for the Eagles.
Ultimately, the Eagles tabbed a collegiate champion in Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, a quarterback out of North Dakota State University. Scouts raved about his passing ability and athleticism, with analysts comparing him to current NFL quarterback standouts, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton. If he can come close to playing like any of those two within the next few years, our team can be a perennial contender. The draft also saw the Eagles filling out positional needs at center, offensive guard and linebacker.
So with all the transactions the last weeks, a new offensive-minded coach in Doug Pederson, and an unhappy starting quarterback in Bradford, excitement for the upcoming season should be tempered. Will the team get to the playoffs? They probably won’t because the lack of chemistry though would definitely be an issue this 2016. But do the fans love where the team is at now? More likely than not. The future is bright for the Eagles.
Christopher J. Keehner is a Philadelphia resident and an avid fan of its sports team, including the Eagles. Learn more about him and his passion by checking out this website.