A Quick Look at the NFC East This Upcoming Year
By: Justin Partlow
After looking at all of the QB’s as well as the draft classes for each team, it’s now time to look at where each team stands in regards to the NFC East standings. With the offseason winding down until training camp, teams are in that grey area of a time where they only have to focus on making sure guys stay in shape and out of trouble. With each team making additions to the team it surely looks as if the NFC East will be competitive again this year and will be tough for a team to walk away with it. With that being said, let’s take a look at each team and where I have them projected to finish this upcoming year based on what they’ve done throughout the offseason. Teams will be listed in order of where I project them to finish.
Philadelphia Eagles- When you are the division champions, it’s hard to vote against you being the favorites still going forward. For the Eagles, there is the concern if they can replicate the offensive stats they had last year, but at the same time they also added pieces to the team that make you think they can continue the success they’ve had. While the change to the 3-4 defense didn’t go perfectly smooth, the Eagles were able to do well and at the same time added more pieces to become a more successful defense such as Marcus Smith out of Louisville. With those pieces added it easy to see the Eagles doing better on defense moving forward this year. On offense the big story was still the release of DeSean Jackson, but adding guys like Jordan Matthews was a good move and will be a very reliable slot receiver who can also split out wide. Look for the Eagles to continue their run and be the front runner for the NFC East title
Washington Redskins- Last year anyway you spin it was awful for the Washington Redskins. They were never able to get anything going and had enough internal controversy to last a life time. With the hiring of Jay Gruden as HC it’s not hard to expect the Redskins to return and be successful on offense again next year, but the defense still remains a question mark. If DC Jim Haslett can continue the move to a 1 gap defense that will allow for more pressure to be given to the offense then there is a chance they can make some noise. The secondary is a major question mark and the inside LB’s are another question mark with a still injury prone LB in Keenan Robinson and someone who is still an enigma in Perry Riley. The Redskins will most certainly improve their record and challenge for the NFC East title, but still are behind the division champions.
Dallas Cowboys- After finishing second in the NFC East last year the Dallas Cowboys went through a bit of a rough offseason with the losses of DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher and then Sean Lee during OTA’s. With Tony Romo having offseason back surgery there is concern if they can continue to be successful on offense if Romo isn’t able to be the elusive player in the pocket that he is. With the defense still much in disarray with those players gone from last year, it’s tough to see the Cowboys doing well and competing for an NFC East title this year even if the offense is dynamic this year. Look for Dallas to finish third and for HC Jason Garrett to be fired
New York Giants- Another team you just can’t figure out is most definitely the New York Giants. With Eli Manning at QB you always have a chance to be successful and Tom Coughlin is still a very good coach in the NFL. Adding guys to the offense will help the Giants tremendously but also there are concerns at receiver with the loss of Hakeem Nicks even if he wasn’t a dynamic threat last year. The Giants will need contributions on offense early on from guys like David Wilson and Reuben Randle if they want to make noise. With the defense still having issues and now losing Will Hill its tough to see the Giants doing well on defense this upcoming year. Look for the Giants to fight with the Cowboys for 3rd, but ultimately finish 6-10 and finish in last place