I read a very interesting article today on Philly.com. Sheil Kapadia compared the wide receivers production from both years and argues that the 2009 receiving core was superior to the 2004 core that helped the Eagles reach the Superbowl. Be sure to read the article by clicking here.
I would have to agree with Kapadia and say that the 2009 group of receivers is the best that Andy Reid has worked with. They are certainly a deeper core of players, with Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant contributing more to the offense. The most promising argument in the debate is that the Eagles main three receivers: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek are all under the age of 25.
Also, Donovan McNabb was a different quarterback in 2004 than in 2009. Even though statistically he was very similar, the Eagles offense was a lot more dynamic because of his ability to run down field and dodge tacklers. Imagine if McNabb still had that versatility alongside the speedy lineup of Jackson, Maclin, Westbrook, and McCoy. That would be a tough offense to stop.
So that begs the question, which group of wide receivers is better?