Have the Eagles assembled the "Dream Team," or is this another fantasy football roster built to disappoint?
That's just one of the pressing questions heading into this NFL season.
A few of the others:
Did the lockout truly favor those teams with an established coach and quarterback?
Or can the teams that really had to cram in this compressed offseason make the grade?
The Panthers' Cam Newton looked very good in the preseason. Will this top pick follow in the cleat-steps of fellow No. 1s Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford, or will he go the way of JaMarcus Russell and Alex Smith?
Which team will make a beeline for the bottom of the league and be in position to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck?
There are several new rules and points of emphasis this season:
•Unnecessary roughness: Illegal "launching" — a player leaving both feet before contact to spring upward into an opponent and delivering a blow to any part of the helmet — has been banned. Also, roughing-the-passer rules have been clarified so hits to the passer's head by a defender's hands, arms or other body parts will not result in a penalty unless they are forcible blows.
•Kickoffs: The league has moved kickoffs up 5 yards to the 35 to promote touchbacks and safety.
•Instant replay: The replay official will review all scoring plays.
•Dead-ball personal fouls: If a team commits a dead-ball personal foul at the end of a half, that penalty will now be enforced on the opening kickoff of the third quarter.
Familiar players who have switched teams (new team/old team):
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB (Eagles/Raiders): More of a shutdown corner than a big playmaker, Asomugha has a total of two interceptions in the last three years.
Kerry Collins, QB (Colts/Titans): The Colts coaxed Collins out of retirement to fill in for the injured Peyton Manning.
Braylon Edwards, WR (49ers/Jets): If Jim Harbaugh is going to develop a quarterback, he has to give him some targets.
Derrick Mason, WR (Jets/Ravens): Mason knows Rex Ryan from their Baltimore days.
Sidney Rice, WR (Seahawks/Vikings): They might not have an elite quarterback, but the Seahawks have a top-notch receiver in Rice.
Steve Smith, WR (Eagles/Giants): Smith, a talented possession receiver, is coming off knee surgery.
Vince Young, QB (Eagles/Titans): Michael Vick has played one 16-game season in his career. Young is a playmaking backup plan.
Can the Packers defend their Lombardi Trophy? It's not easy. Only eight times in the last 45 years have Super Bowl champions come back the following season to win it all, with three other teams losing in the title game. The last to repeat were the 2003-04 Patriots.
How the previous 10 champions fared the following season:
2001RavensLost in playoffs
2004PatriotsWon Super Bowl
2005Patriots Lost in playoffs
2007ColtsLost in playoffs
2008Giants Lost in playoffs
2010SaintsLost in playoffsCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun