It’s been a while so let’s take a look into our mailbag. You can submit your questions via Twitter to @cover32_PHI or like a weirdo in the comments section. This week we’re talking about the safety position battle and division threats to the Eagles.
Do you think Nate Allen or Earl Wolff will win the other safety position?
Last year we saw that the safeties were probably the biggest weakness for the Eagles defense. With the success that Seattle has enjoyed in their secondary I expect a lot of teams are re-evaluating the position and investing more time and money, including Philly.
There’s still a lot of training camp and preseason football to play but if I had to guess right now I think Earl Wolff will win out. There’s a reason why Allen’s deal in March was only for one season and two million: the Eagles may not be particularly high one either of them but from everything I’m hearing it sounds like Earl Wolff has established a really good rapport with the veteran Malcom Jenkins.
Wolff is also younger and won’t command as much money as Allen for a few years, so I think if he’s not the starter Week 1 he will be before long.
Who do you see as the biggest threat to the Eagles in the division?
The tempting answer is the Redskins. With DeSean Jackson and a (supposedly) healthy RGIII going into the fall, their offense is going to be drawing a lot of hype from analysts around the league. But if you look deeper at the roster I really don’t see any improvements on the other side of the ball. Opposing quarterbacks completed over 65 percent of their passes and averaged eight yards per attempt against the Redskins in 2013. They’ll be fun to watch, but they’re still not going to be able to stop anybody.
As far as I’m concerned Sean Lee’s injury effectively destroys the Cowboys season, so the big threat will come from the Giants. Eli Manning will have new weapons like Odell Beckham Jr. and Corey Washington and they also brought back Mario Manningham after a short stint with the 49ers.
The Giants also finished the year strong. After starting out 0-6 they won seven of their final 10 games so they have plenty of momentum to build on.
But I really don’t see anybody challenging the Eagles for the top spot in the division. Remember, they were adjusting to a new 3-4 defense last year and they also got off to a rough start. With Nick Foles starting at quarterback the Eagles went 8-2. I fully expect a clear path to the playoffs in 2014 for Philadelphia.
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