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Time for the Eagles to Flap Wings

By Shawn Kauffman

Donovan McNabb, now into his eleventh season and with a new two-year contract, spoke about the new cast of fresh and young faces in the Philadelphia huddle this year.

In this year’s draft, the Eagles snagged receiver Jeremy Maclin, running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Cornelius Ingram. Maclin scored 33 touchdowns in Missouri in just two years while McCoy, a great runner to back up the often-battered Westbrook (who is expected to return to practice in August), rushed for almost 1,500 yards last season for Pitt. Ingram was Florida’s top tight end until last year when he missed the whole season with a knee injury.

"We have a lot of young faces,” McNabb said at the practice field on Monday. “We have a lot of new faces. For me to sit here and say, 'Hey, we're a Super Bowl team and we're going to win the Super Bowl,' I don't believe in all that. I think that's something that at the end of the year, we'll find out who wins and who doesn't."

With McNabb’s tenure in Philadelphia more then likely coming to a halt, it’s “GO-time” for Coach Andy Reid and Co. to get in gear, which won’t be any easier then before now that Jim Johnson has had to step down with his cancer battle.

Assistant Sean McDermott will be taking over the reigns on the defensive side of the ball. Unlike before when Coach Reid could focus with McNabb on the offensive play-calling, he will be forced to pay closer attention to the other side this season with defensive schemes.

So even with a happy #5 and a group of fresh great playmakers, it won’t be easy, and McNabb knows that.

"I think we have a great team. We have some great athletes here, but we have to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And if we can do that, hopefully we can ride on and take it and be able to finish this thing off in Miami," McNabb said.

When asked about advice he’s received from Johnson, McDermott smiled.

"Blitz," he said. "And then blitz some more."

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