Earlier this week, Giants safety Antrel Rolle picked the defending NFC East Champion Eagles to finish third in the division in 2014. As teams were wrapping up their final OTAs and mini-camp, which apparently the Giants and Redskins did so awesome at that they earned a day off, there was very little backlash from the Eagles about the shots fired from the New York defensive back. Turns out that Philadelphia was busy finishing up their OTAs instead of, as coach Chip Kelly so eloquently put it, not being like Fred Flinstone with the ‘Yabba-Dabba-Do’ time as far as trying to get out of work. The Eagles finished their last offseason program prior to training camp on a high note while their division rivals inexplicably enjoyed a day off (seriously, what could have POSSIBLY warranted an off day at this point in the season?).
Soooo guess somebody said we were gonna finish third in our division um ok…back to my Friday morning. Have a great day twitter fam! Lol
— Jeremy Maclin (@jmac_18) June 20, 2014
If this sort of stuff doesn’t get you fired up about football, you need to have your pulse checked. The NFC East was once home to a division fueled by hatred and for years produced some of the most entertaining rivalries in the game. Inconsistency by all four teams has watered down these rivalries and, while fans of each squad still get hyped up for each division game, rarely are some of the matchups mentioned in the same breath as Steelers-Ravens, Seahawks-49ers, and some of the other divisional clashes that produce such high entertainment. With all that has happened over the course of the 2014 offseason, one would have to think that will start to change sooner rather than later.
It’s great to see Maclin step up to the plate, especially coming off an injury. The wideout has never been short on confidence and, even in his recovery, maintained the same bravado that will be essential on this team going forward. Though the Eagles are not short on confidence throughout the roster, Maclin’s role on the team has never been more magnified and it’s refreshing to see him feeding into a rivalry that could really use some juice. From all reports, Maclin’s recovery from ACL surgery could not have gone any better and he looks like his old self out on the field. Even though it’s draft season in Philadelphia, it’s never NOT football season. These teams should want to send a serious statement to one another once the season actually does kick off.