CineSport—Can the New York Giants repeat? Will the Eagles' defense improve? Is Tony Romo under pressure in Dallas? Sporting News' Clifton Brown and CineSport's Noah Coslov preview the NFC East.
Although it’s early on in the offseason, the NFC East already has some questions that are up for debate. Each team in the division has the talent to compete.
Questions for the Eagles center around whether the defense has what it takes to make Philadelphia a championship contender. Sporting News’ Clifton Brown says that they have to be better and stronger than last year’s group, which left a lot to be desired.
The Eagles drafted primarily on the defensive side of the ball, and if that doesn’t improve the “D” as planned, according to Brown, “(Coach Andy) Reid, the longest tenured coach in the league, will be on the hot seat.”
Then there are the Cowboys, who seemed to have lost a step last season. Brown wonders if the window in Dallas is starting to close on Tony Romo, who has trouble competing late in the season.
Along with Romo, their offense is aging, and Jerry Jones may need to make roster moves in order to stay competitive in a tough division.
Moving back up the Eastern seaboard, the Redskins have a lot to work on as well. They drafted their potential franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III, but now need to put weapons around him in order to bolster their offensive attack.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan is known as a “QB guy”, and should develop RG3 into something special. However, that may take more than one season.
Rounding out the NFC East are the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. The G-Men fresh off a championship season, will look to come out and defend their title.
Losing key players in RB Brandon Jacobs and WR Mario Manningham certainly hurt. However, Brown believes the Giants “Have a chance to repeat.” The Giants also brought back Osi Umenyiora and made sure most of the team stayed intact, giving them a shot to stay atop the NFL.
According to Clifton Brown, at least 3 of the 4 division teams—the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys—have the talent to compete for a title this season.