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The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:32 am
 
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: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:40 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: What happened to NFC East?

NFC east teams in the past had play-off success because they were battle-tested from playing the other 3 all season. A last place NFC east squad those days could beat most teams and not make the play-offs. The trend was a grinding running game and smash-mouth defense, but the NFL now is about a quick-scoring passing offense and a bend-but-not-break D. Teams traded and drafted players to match up with existing weapons within the division and not worrying about the other 29 rosters. The coaching carosel hasn't helped, but the Giants and Eagles have had that stability and it has not given them an edge. Traditional thinking has doomed the division for now. Overbearing owners like Jones and Snyder has certainly not helped their respective teams growth either.


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