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The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:32 am
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OPENING HIT: This story brought back some memories. I remember when the NFC East scared opponents. The division stood for brutal, nasty football and few teams in the NFL could match its intensity. There were Joe Gibbs' Washington Redskins and Bill Parcells' New York Giants. The Hogs, Lawrence Taylor, harshness, cold weather, dominance, numerous Super Bowls, Reggie White, Michael Irvin--it was glorious. If you grew up a fan of one of these teams you had bragging rights for years.

Now look at the division. As writer Mark Maske points out the 2007 Giants are the only NFC East team in the past 15 years to win a Super Bowl. That's pretty pathetic. How bad has the division become? The 5-8 Philadelphia Eagles could still win the division. That's just horrible.

Why has this happened? It's pretty simple: coaching turnover. The Cowboys and Redskins in particular have plowed through head coaches with only Andy Reid of the Eagles being one of the few stable coaching forces in the division. Many NFC East teams have also diverted from what they used to do best which is play strong defense.

The NFC East has gone from one of the elite to one of the worst.

And that makes me a little sad.
 
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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:07 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Ill tell you whats wrong with the NFC East this year, we suck.



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:01 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Back in the 80's amd 90's, the NFC East was known as the NFC Beast.  Most of the Super Bowl winners came out of the division with either Washington, Dallas, or the Giants winning it all and with San Fransico in the mix from the NFC West.  It was great watching them play with all the great players and coaches.  I wish Philly would of at least won one Super Bowl with that great defense with Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons......etc.  I still remember the Monday Night game when my Redskins played the Eagles......it was called the "Body Bag Game" because Philly took out all the Redskins QB's and they had to put rookie KR/PR Brain Mitchell at QB (He was an option QB in college).  Now, the division is pathetic.  My Skins are pathetic!    



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:51 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Right. I totally forgot about them. Twice.  



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:40 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

The AFC West hasn't had a champion team in nearly 30 years.
Umm....the Denver Broncos? 1997-98?



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:50 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

These things are cyclical.  Nothing more and nothing less.  

"Why has this happened? It's pretty simple: coaching turnover. The  and Redskins in particular have plowed through head coaches with only Andy Reid of the Eagles being one of the few stable coaching forces in the division. Many NFC East teams have also diverted from what they used to do best which is play strong defense."

 Two of the three longest tenured coaches in the league lead teams in this division (Reid & Coughlin), so try again.

"Now look at the division. As writer Mark Maske points out the 2007 Giants are the only NFC East team in the past 15 years to win a Super Bowl. That's pretty pathetic. How bad has the division become? The 5-8 Philadelphia  could still win the division. That's just horrible."

The defending champion Green Bay Packers are the only NFC North (previously Central) to win the Super Bowl in the past 15 years.  The 2000 Rams are the only NFC West team to win a Super Bowl in 15 years.    The AFC West hasn't had a champion team in nearly 30 years. The 2007 Colts are the only AFC South team to win it.  The Saints and Bucs have each won out of the NFC South in that time, but those were 7 years apart and hardly the stuff of any kind of sustained collective run by the division.  So basically it comes down to the Steelers and Pats being the two multiple-champs of the era and while the Steelers may have a worthy divisional rival in the Ravens, no one could say that any of the other teams in the AFC East are going thru any kind of Golden Age.

4 short years ago, when the Redskins, Giants and Cowboys all made the playoffs while even the last-place Eagles finished 8-8, and then the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl, you were probably writing about how the NFC East is back!



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:26 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

I blame Dan Snyder.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:02 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Gotta agree with what you wrote, except the Giants need a new stregnth and conditioning coach, and linbackers, not DE pretending to be LB's. The Eagles need a new coaching staff. The Redskins need a new GM, and QB, then they can see if the game has past their head coach by. The Cowboys do need a new QB but as a Gants fan  I hope they never let go of Tony Romo. They all could shore up the o-lines.




Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:07 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Before we trash the NFC East, lets remember the "stellar" football being played in the AFC West and NFC West. The NFC East might not be the best but the division games are still heated.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:57 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Honestly if you look back and take out the 8 year stretch that the Eagles had, its even worse.. Dallas hasnt been anything since they broke up the big 3.. Giants were very underachieving with the talent they had, although they finished the one season with a ring unlike the Eagles. Redskins are the deadlands of the NFL there is absolutely nothing there it reminds me of the late 80's Eagles when fans begged Braman to sell the team. Luckily he lost them in a card game dept and was forced to sell to pay off his gambling. I dont see that happening to Dan Snyder. In all possibilities there is little hope going forward. Philly could be "handstrung" by Vick's contract for years to come. Redskins dont even draft a QB in the year of the QB to start Rex Grossman. I am not an Eli fan, even more so not a fan of Coughlin, but the Giants have some talent and its not old, so there is potential. Dallas is a wreck, I think Garrett is a great coach but he is better off getting fired and landing a job outside of Jerry Jones, Romo is one of the worst and overrated QBs in football. However Dallas might be only a solid QB and an elite safety away from returning to greatness, they have a plethera of high talent players. Philly could also make a quick turn around but will take a step back first losing DeSean Jackson isnt going to be easy, and possibly Asante Samuel also. Philly could be only a strong tackle, middle linebacker and safety away from another half decade run, and possibly a new coach.  



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:55 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Let's be honest. The NFC East has ALWAYS been over-hyped because of the markets that are represented. The disappointment in most recent years has been exaggerated because of false expectations and not because of unbiased evaluation of the teams. There was a period when the division was outstanding (as referenced in the article) but I think the reason for the demise has more to do with the ownership by Snyder and Jones than anything else.


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