For the past week or so I've been trying to come up with a unique take on the 2007 version of our favorite football team. The problem: I couldn't really decide how I felt about this squad. Even now, the day of the game, I don't have a firm prediction. (I'll stick with 10-6) More so than in recent years past, we don't know this incarnation of our beloved Birds.
We don't know how Andy Reid is going to be able to deal with the crazy kids and get a team to the Superbowl simultaneously. We don't know if Jim Johnson still has it. We don't even know the name of the new special teams coach just yet.
On the offensive side of the ball, we don't know Kevin Curtis. We don't know if Reggie Brown can be a legit number one. We don't know if Shawn Andrews is going to be healthy. We don't know if L.J. Smith will be effective. We do know Donovan McNabb but we don't know how he's going to bounce back from having surgery.
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On the defensive side it's even murkier. We don't know Takeo Spikes. He was a stud before his injury and has the attitude of a winner, but we've never seen him play a snap in green. We don't know if Omar Gaither and Chris Gocong can hold Jeremiah Trotter's jock. We don't know if Mike Paterson was really worth the contract he got. We don't know if Bunkley is a bust. We don't know if The Freak is done. We don't know if Sean Considine is really a starting caliber safety. We do know Brian Dawkins, but we're scared he may be on the downslope. It's something we'll never really ever want to admit.
We may not know the 2007 Eagles just yet, but shit, they're playing the Green Bay Packers today at Lambeau Field. I can't think of a better way to spend four hours getting to know somebody. Sometimes the teams you don't really know about are the ones that surprise you and the opponents. As usual, we live up to our M.O. Cautiously optimistic.
Mute your TVs and flip on Merrill. It's Sunday.