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David Moore

David Moore has been the senior football writer for FOX Sports since Aug. 2005. He appears weekly on the FSN Baseball Report and MLB on FOX. One more line lorem ipsum dolor sit amet e pluribus unum.

 
   
 
Champs or chumps: It depends on who you ask. Those hard-to-satisfy Eagles fans who watched Tampa Bay dismantle their team in the final home game at The Vet may go the chump route. But with two consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles are undeniably one of the elite teams in the conference. Reasons for hope: Donovan McNabb is one of those rare athletes who makes those around him better. People are excited about Atlanta¿s Michael Vick these days, and rightfully so. But McNabb is more complete and arguably a bigger threat at this stage of his career.
Meet the 2003
Projected offensive lineup
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Projected defensive lineup
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Projected special teams lineup
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PR Westbrook
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Scout's take on the Eagles
"WR Freddie Mitchell shows signs of finding his place within Andy Reid¿s offense."
— Scouting insider Brian DeLucia

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  • You know Philadelphia¿s defense will be aggressive and shake things up as long as defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is around. Don¿t get too excited: The Eagles have some nice, solid receivers, but none that strike fear in the hearts of opposing secondaries. The special teams are suspect, the price Philadelphia has been forced to pay to keep its nucleus intact. Hello, my name is: Jerome McDougle. The defensive end out of Miami will have plenty of chances to introduce himself to the quarterback this season. The Eagles moved up 15 spots in the first round to take him to ease the loss of Hugh Douglas in free agency. Revolving door: The Eagles took some major hits in free agency, losing Douglas, linebacker Shawn Barber and kick returner Brian Mitchell. The loss of Mitchell hurts even more since he went to division-rival New York. Replacing him may be the most difficult task the Eagles face. Ones to watch: Philadelphia gets the chance to atone -- on a much smaller scale, mind you -- for its title game loss to Tampa Bay when it opens the season against the Bucs on Monday Night Football. The two games against the Giants (Oct. 19 and Nov. 16) are big if the Eagles are to repeat as division champions. Games against Atlanta (Nov. 2), Green Bay (Nov. 10), New Orleans (Nov. 23) and San Francisco (Dec. 21) will define where the Eagles stand in the NFC. The forecast: No team in the league has a more difficult schedule. Philadelphia has what it takes to win the division, but advancing to the NFC title game for a third consecutive season is a little much to ask. Veteran NFL correspondent David Moore is a regular contributor to FOXSports.com.
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