2013 Record: 10-6
The 2012 season could not have gone worse for the Eagles, who finished 4-12 despite being viewed as postseason contenders. It was a second straight season of underachieving in Philly, costing head coach Andy Reid his job. New coach Chip Kelly will bring with him an all-new offense from Oregon, and they’ll need it. Michael Vick was plain bad in 2012, throwing 10 interceptions and fumbling 11 times in only 10 games. Backup Nick Foles started six games and was actually worse. LeSean McCoy missed four games and was fairly mediocre (840 yards, 4.2 yards per carry) when on the field. Backup Bryce Brown (564 yards, 4.9 yards per carry) became a trendy fantasy pickup, but he too proved highly inconsistent. DeSean Jackson also missed five games but did what he could when playing, averaging an impressive 15.6 yards per reception. Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, and Jason Avant wrap up a balanced receiving core. The unfortunate thing for the Eagles is that they’re stuck with Vick because of his contract. Kelly should be able to get Vick to do a few more things back there, but if Vick doesn’t have the right attitude to get it done, it could be another season of serious underachieving for the Eagles.
The defense was disappointing as well. Nmandi Asomugha was a complete bust at cornerback for the second year in a row, and the Eagles let him go to San Francisco. They signed Cary Williams out of Baltimore to replace him and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, meaning the Eagles have elected to completely start over in the secondary. The Eagles picked up Patrick Chung at strong safety and Connor Barwin at linebacker, so they made plenty of notable personnel changes. And rightly so. Last year’s unit lacked toughness and morale became extremely low as the season wore on. The one thing they did have was a strong pass rush, balanced between Jason Babin, Brandon Graham, and Fletcher Cox, all of whom had 5.5 sacks. Bradley Fletcher, somewhat of an unknown outside St. Louis, was signed from the Rams to take Rodgers-Cromartie’s starting spot at cornerback. Change was necessary, but that may be a drastic change in talent lining up against the likes of Hakeem Nicks and Miles Austin. The defense has changed, but it’ll need to prove itself come Week 1. This season could go a few different ways. Kelly is the real X-factor. See what he does with the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field with Gold Coast Tickets!