The 2012 Philadelphia Eagles need a shot at redeeming themselves. Let’s face it, after the big buildup and the accolades on a successful free agency in 2012, the Eagles blew it with an 8-8 season. And yet they had a shot at so much more. Time and time again Philadelphia found itself in the lead late in games and yet somehow ended up on the short side. This could easily have been a 10 or 11 win team. Andy Reid has been around a long time and he’s had the Eagles within inches of the Super Bowl but he’s never delivered. This could be his last shot. Philadelphia needs to reach an NFC Championship in 2012 or Reid could be on the outs.
He’s got all the pieces but he needs to keep them together. Michael Vick had a sub-par season, giving up the ball too much and missing time due to injury. A productive season where Vick remains under center and controls the game is essential to the Eagles success. It’s an achievable goal. Vick will be operating behind a good offensive line with a mixture of youth and experience. LeSean McCoy proved himself in 2011 and could have an even better one in 2012. Then there’s DeSean Jackson, one of the better receivers in the NFL, who may be in a better mood now that he’s signed a new deal. While Jackson spreads the defense Jeremy Maclin operates in closer and he too creates opportunities for big plays.
There was some dissension among fans when Reid decided to keep Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo around after all the blown leads. Adding DeMeco Ryans at middle linebacker was a good move and drafting MyChal Kendricks could pay off big. But it’s absolutely imperative that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha improve on their performances at corner. Philadelphia’s defensive line is a good one at rushing the passer but more attention needs to be paid to run-stopping in the scheme.
The Eagles have their work cut out for them in the NFC East. Washington is going to be improved and the Dallas Cowboys upgraded their roster in some key areas. And of course the Giants can get hot right when they need to. Looking out across this division and you can see an interesting season developing in the NFC East.