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More Eagles links: Season predictions

Every week, I will be delivering various football links that mention the Eagles from around the Internet. While philly.com's Eagles section has your best local coverage, along with blogs Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View, these will be links you may have missed. Here are links from earlier today in case you missed them. And a programming note: I'll be in Chicago for the weekend taking in Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley so you won't get another post from me until Monday or Tuesday, and by that time, we'll be getting ready for Week 1. Pretty crazy, huh? Anyway, that means no game blog tonight, but I'll be writing during the action when the Birds open their season against the Rams next Sunday. Now on to the rest of the links: John Czarnecki of FoxSports.com breaks down each team's power structure. Here's what he says about the Eagles: Coach Andy Reid. Nothing happens without Reid's approval. Granted, Reid is more of a coach than a general manager. President Joe Banner handles contracts and oversees the money flow and does have some influence over Reid. Tom Heckert is the general manager, but he essentially works for Reid. Howie Roseman is a guy to keep an eye on. ESPN.com's panel of 16 "experts" made their predictions for the season. Fourteen pick the Cowboys to win the NFC East; one picks the Eagles; and one picks the Giants. Seth Wickersham, an NFL writer for ESPN the Mag is the one who picks the Eagles. Here's what he says: The Eagles are everyone's sleeper to win the East over the defending champs and the 13-win Cowboys. If the offensive line comes together and keeps Donovan McNabb healthy, they just might. Eleven of the 16 pick the Eagles to earn a wild-card berth. Mike Sando is the only one on the panel that has the Eagles going to the Super Bowl. He's got them losing to the Chargers. Sando and John Clayton have Andy Reid tagged as the NFC's Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, Matt Mosley and Sal Paolantonio predict that DeSean Jackson will be the top offensive rookie. ESPN.com's full team preview of the Eagles names Sheldon Brown the team's most underrated player and says the Birds' weaknesses are special teams, the offensive line and QB durability. ESPN.com's Clayton wonders whether Kevin Kolb might be waiting a little longer to replace McNabb: At some point in the next two years, they've got to figure out a way to get him a career-ending extension. McNabb went through a lot in 2007. He sensed the organization wanted to replace him. It probably did. He wasn't as strong in the locker room heading into 2007. He was coming off reconstructive knee surgery. But McNabb won back the locker room and the organization last season. Now he's even stronger. He's throwing the ball exceptionally well. Eagles management knows better than most teams that a quarterback is the key to any Super Bowl run. FoxSports.com names 10 star players who will never win a ring. McNabb makes the list: McNabb, despite his injuries, is one of the most consistent QBs in the game today. He was once booed by Philadelphia Eagles fans when drafted ahead of running back Ricky Williams in 1999. The boos ended when McNabb guided the Eagles to the NFC Conference title game every year from 2001-04. Unfortunately for McNabb, injuries have limited him since the 2004 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots, and the Eagles have missed the postseason two of the last three years. Interesting nugget there about McNabb being booed during the draft. I had never heard that before. As always, feel free to pass along a link if you have something I missed.

More Eagles links: Season predictions

Every week, I will be delivering various football links that mention the Eagles from around the Internet. While philly.com's Eagles section has your best local coverage, along with blogs Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View, these will be links you may have missed.

Here are links from earlier today in case you missed them.

And a programming note: I'll be in Chicago for the weekend taking in Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley so you won't get another post from me until Monday or Tuesday, and by that time, we'll be getting ready for Week 1. Pretty crazy, huh? Anyway, that means no game blog tonight, but I'll be writing during the action when the Birds open their season against the Rams next Sunday.

Now on to the rest of the links:

John Czarnecki of FoxSports.com breaks down each team's power structure. Here's what he says about the Eagles:

Coach Andy Reid. Nothing happens without Reid's approval. Granted, Reid is more of a coach than a general manager. President Joe Banner handles contracts and oversees the money flow and does have some influence over Reid. Tom Heckert is the general manager, but he essentially works for Reid. Howie Roseman is a guy to keep an eye on.

ESPN.com's panel of 16 "experts" made their predictions for the season. Fourteen pick the Cowboys to win the NFC East; one picks the Eagles; and one picks the Giants. Seth Wickersham, an NFL writer for ESPN the Mag is the one who picks the Eagles. Here's what he says:

The Eagles are everyone's sleeper to win the East over the defending champs and the 13-win Cowboys. If the offensive line comes together and keeps Donovan McNabb healthy, they just might.

Eleven of the 16 pick the Eagles to earn a wild-card berth. Mike Sando is the only one on the panel that has the Eagles going to the Super Bowl. He's got them losing to the Chargers. Sando and John Clayton have Andy Reid tagged as the NFC's Coach of the Year.

Meanwhile, Matt Mosley and Sal Paolantonio predict that DeSean Jackson will be the top offensive rookie.

ESPN.com's full team preview of the Eagles names Sheldon Brown the team's most underrated player and says the Birds' weaknesses are special teams, the offensive line and QB durability.

ESPN.com's Clayton wonders whether Kevin Kolb might be waiting a little longer to replace McNabb:

At some point in the next two years, they've got to figure out a way to get him a career-ending extension. McNabb went through a lot in 2007. He sensed the organization wanted to replace him. It probably did. He wasn't as strong in the locker room heading into 2007. He was coming off reconstructive knee surgery. But McNabb won back the locker room and the organization last season. Now he's even stronger. He's throwing the ball exceptionally well. Eagles management knows better than most teams that a quarterback is the key to any Super Bowl run.

FoxSports.com
names 10 star players who will never win a ring. McNabb makes the list:

McNabb, despite his injuries, is one of the most consistent QBs in the game today. He was once booed by Philadelphia Eagles fans when drafted ahead of running back Ricky Williams in 1999. The boos ended when McNabb guided the Eagles to the NFC Conference title game every year from 2001-04. Unfortunately for McNabb, injuries have limited him since the 2004 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots, and the Eagles have missed the postseason two of the last three years.

Interesting nugget there about McNabb being booed during the draft. I had never heard that before.

As always, feel free to pass along a link if you have something I missed.

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