As the NFL offseason rolls along we are trying not only to keep you up to date on what is happening with your New York Giants, but with their competition as well. Today, we offer a brief three-question Q&A with Bleeding Green Nation editor Brandon Lee Gowton as we catch up with the defending NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles.
As it always seems to be in recent years, it has been an interesting offseason in Philly. Let's see what Brandon has to say about the offseason state of the Eagles.
Ed: Assess the Eagles offseason thus far. Do you feel good about it?
Brandon: Funny you ask this because the "Did the Eagles get better?" this offseason topic has been discussed a lot recently. I generally do feel good. I don't feel overwhelmed by any means but I don't feel worried at all either. I think the team did a good job of filling some needs while bringing in players who fit both the scheme and the culture. DeSean Jackson is gone and that hurts from an on-field perspective, but I can't help but trust the Eagles' judgement in that decision. The Eagles may not have made any major additions but they're banking on young talents to progress and take the next step in their career development. So again, yes, I feel good.
Ed: I was going to ask about Jackson next, and that's good timing since you brought him up. What are your thoughts on the whole Jackson thing, including how much his loss will hurt the offense?
Brandon: In a sense, it's still hard to believe he's actually gone. No one outside the organization saw that coming until early March, when rumors of a Jackson departure first emerged. By now, I would say his absence is largely accepted. The Eagles aren't the kind of organization with a track record of making giant blunders. I don't know all the details but clearly the organizaton grew tired of him for some reason. Jackson's loss hurts because he is a special kind of deep threat. He is a playmaker, and that's something Giants fans can personally attest to. His production won't be easily replaced by one player. Instead, it's up to the remaining Eagles receivers to make a group effort to replace Jackson's production. It'll be interesting to see if they can rise to the challenge.
Ed: LeSean McCoy's blatherings aside, give me your perspective on the huge amount of change the Giants have gone through this offseason.
Brandon: Well let the record show that McCoy has the talent to back up trash talk, but as for your question... I can't hate on what the Giants did this offseason. It kind of reminds me of how the Eagles approached free agency in 2013. They signed a bunch of guys and some panned out, some didn't. The Giants could be hoping for the same kind of strategy. I'm not overly impressed by what the Giants have done, but I can't say they made any egregiously bad moves. For the most part I feel like the Giants have reloaded in order to make a final run here with Eli Manning. And that right there is the biggest piece to this puzzle. If Manning is anything like his 2013 form, the offseason moves will largely be for naught. I expect Eli to bounce back in 2014 but to what extent I don't know.