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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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Banner's Right. Now just win, baby...


Philadelphia Eagles team president Joe Banner did the unthinkable yesterday. He proclaimed his team to be the most talented in the NFL.

In the same article written by Bob Ford, which can be read here, Banner claims the Eagles had the best roster in the NFL in 2003, 2004 and even last season --- when they finished 9-6-1.

So, is this the outlandish claim of an out of touch team president?

No, in my humble opinion, Banner is right.

The Eagles have built an impressive starting lineup and depth along the offensive line. Everyone knows their skill position talent in Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, etc. Their defense, under the tutelage of Jim Johnson, has consistently ranked among the league's best.

The ironic reality is, however, talent alone rarely wins. Injuries and the fortune of avoiding them, are also critical in a team winning a championship. Banner is quoted in the same article saying as much: "...I don't think the best team has won the Super Bowl any year," Banner said. "You get a ball bouncing the wrong way, a bad call from the ref, a windy day when you plan to throw a lot. You lose once. Even if you get to the playoffs, and it's a year where most people would say you did really good, you don't feel satisfied. There are just too many things out of your control."

And thus, yes, based on the talent Philadelphia has acquired over the off-season, I do believe they are the most talented. Just like I believe the New York Yankees own the most talented Major League Baseball team.

Until they win a championship, however, does it really matter?

By Rob Rang  |  July 27, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  | Category:  Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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