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GM: Howie Roseman
HC: Andy Reid
2011: 8-8 (2nd NFC East)
2011 Quick Stats
Offence Defence
Pts
24.8
(8th)
Yds
399.1
(4th)
Pass Yds
256.9
(9th)
Rush Yds
142.3
(5th)
»Full Team Stats



Last Season

Several big name free agent signings made the Eagles Super Bowl contenders entering the 2011 season, but those great expectations were never fulfilled as they failed to even reach the playoffs.

A 1-4 record to start the season was too much to overcome, despite rattling off four consecutive wins to end the year.

Thanks to the late season run, the Eagles finished tied for second in the NFC East (8-8), and may have saved head coach Andy Reid's job in the process.

Who's In/Who's Out

Important Additions: LT Demetress Bell, MLB DeMeco Ryans, P Mat McBriar

Important Losses: CB Asante Samuel, QB Vince Young, RB Ronnie Brown, FB Owen Schmitt, WR Steve Smith, C Jamaal Jackson, OT Winston Justice, DE Juqua Parker, DE Victor Abiamiri

Drafted

Pick Player Pos Ht Wt College  
1 (12) Fletcher Cox DT 6'4 298 Mississippi St. DT Fletcher Cox
Analysis: As one of the top defensive tackles in this year's class, Cox will be called on to contribute immediately on the Eagles' defensive line.
2 (46) Mychal Kendricks LB 5'11 239 California
2 (59) Vinny Curry DE 6'3 266 Marshall
3 (88) Nick Foles QB 6'5 243 Arizona 
Analysis: Foles has played well in the preseason and on a team where Vick is a constant injury risk, he could see the field as a rookie.
4 (123) Brandon Boykin CB 5'9 182 Georgia
5 (153) Dennis Kelly OT 6'8 306 Purdue
6 (194) Marvin McNutt WR 6'3 216 Iowa
6 (200) Brandon Washington RB 6'3 320 Miami
7 (229) Bryce Brown LB 6'0 223 Kansas St.
» Complete NFL Draft Results

Season Outlook

Reasons To Believe
1. Here's To Good Health - The Eagles' offence was slowed by injuries throughout most of 2011 and still managed to finished ranked fourth overall. The health issues began when an off-season illness caused wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to show up to camp underweight. Maclin also missed time later in the year. Quarterback Michael Vick was also sidelined in November and early December. This season, the offence begins the year at full speed, with Maclin poised for a breakout year and Vick looking to reestablish himself as a dominant force through the air and on the ground. The Eagles also have explosive receiver DeSean Jackson and star running back LeSean McCoy giving them one of the most dangerous attacks in the league.

Staying Healthy
Since his return to the NFL Michael Vick has yet to play a full season of games without missing time with injury. His health will be key to the Eagles' hopes this year.

2. The Middle Man - In recent years, Philadelphia has struggled to stop the run. The result has been a defence that can get after the quarterback (DE Jason Babin had 18 sacks in 2011), but gives up big chunks of yardage on the ground. The team may have finally rectified that issue by trading for former Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans. If Ryans can bring the same run-stuffing ability he showed while in Houston, then the Eagles defence could transform into an elite unit. Ryans' presence in the middle should also help Brian Rolle and second round draft pick Mychal Kendricks use their speed to make plays on the outside.

3. Team Chemistry - When teams acquire the amount of free agent talent that the Eagles did in 2011, finding a way for those players to bond on the field takes time. The Eagles' coaching staff found that out the hard way when the team stumbled out of the gates to begin the season. However, as the year progressed the team's play improved and that late season success may have been a result of their players finally gelling, which bodes well for this upcoming season. With one of the most skilled rosters in the NFC, the Eagles are hoping the pieces fit together in 2012.

Reasons To Doubt
1. Protection Issues - Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters will miss the year after tearing his Achilles in the spring. Philadelphia brought in former Buffalo Bills left tackle Demetress Bell to replace him, but King Dunlap beat him out, meaning the position is no longer considered a strength for the team. Offensive line coach Howard Mudd will continue to work his magic, which helped the Eagles' line open holes for McCoy's 20-touchdown season. While the success of the running game is important, the key to the season will be keeping Vick healthy.

2. Down On The Corner - Nnamdi Asomugha was considered to be the prize of the 2011 free agent crop, a shutdown corner who could lock down opposing teams' top receiver every Sunday. However, Asomugha didn't assimilate into the Eagles' defensive scheme as well as the team had planned. During his time with the Raiders, Asomugha excelled at man coverage. In Philadelphia, he is often called on to drop back and play zone. In the preseason, with a year in the system, Asomugha is still looking out of sorts at times. With Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin lurking in the division, Asomugha will need to answer the call in the regular season.

3. Tough Schedule - Last season, the Eagles managed only one win in five games against teams that eventually made the playoffs. Things can change quickly in the NFL, but this year Philadelphia faces eight teams that reached the post-season a year ago, including six of their first eight games. Playing in a notoriously difficult NFC East, if the Eagles get off to another slow start, playoff hopes may be lost by the midway mark. The NFC will be extremely competitive and if the Eagles are unable to win the division, there are no guarantees that they will be able to capture a wild card berth.

What To Expect
Heading into last season the Eagles had several new pieces and because of the lockout they didn't get a full off-season program to get everyone on the same page. A year later, with a full training camp under their belts, Philadelphia should truly be in position to contend for the division crown and the NFC Championship. No longer burdened by Vince Young's "Dream Team" claims, the Eagles are flying somewhat under the radar, which is hard with a team that boasts this much talent. If Vick plays the majority of the year, Reid will get his club back to the post-season for the 10th time in his 14 years as the Eagles' head coach.


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1 Sep 9 10 Nov 11
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Sep 16 11 Nov 18
3 Sep 23 12 Nov 26
4 Sep 30 13 Dec 2
5 Oct 7 14 Dec 9
6 Oct 14 15 Dec 13
8 Oct 28 16 Dec 23
9 Nov 5 17 Dec 30
Bye Week: 7
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