A big reason for their bad season was the offense, and with the exception of a new head coach, not much seems to have changed from last year to this season. They were grossly overvalued in the NFL odds going 3-12-1 ATS and 4-12 SU.
The Eagles finished the season with average numbers offensively, but a few key things dismantled them in close games; the biggest being Michael Vick’s turnovers. In ten games, Vick had ten interceptions and four fumbles. After Vick got hurt, Nick Foles showed some signs of life in the final six games, but he was far from a revelation (he turned the ball over almost more than Vick). With Chip Kelly coming in, both Vick and Foles will now compete this summer to start the year, and that leads us to the biggest question mark in Philadelphia.
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Vick’s five-year $80 million contract was voided this summer. Then they resigned him to a one-year deal, which then was restructured to a three-year deal this past February. Although they were just trying to restructure his deal to avoid a larger cap hit, you can tell they flip-flopped on him some this summer.
Now there are some reports that Foles has outperformed him so far heading into training camp, which is bad news for Vick and his upside. Foles was OK last season, but he turned the ball over as much as Vick in half the games, (5 INTS and 5 fumbles). They need to find someone who won’t turn the ball over. Whoever does the most of that will likely be heading for the starting job in Philly.
After the QB battle, the next biggest roadblock is first-year head coach Chip Kelly. Half of the league seems to think his offense won’t fit, while others think it will not only work, but be really good. Only time will tell, but the Eagles are by far one of the top five teams you need to be monitoring in the preseason. They could have some very nice NFL picks if Kelly’s offense works and they don’t turn the ball over.
Outside of the QB and the offense itself, health was another big issued for the Eagles in 2012. They had a total of 63 games missed due to injury, which ranked behind only seven teams. Jason Peters of course missed the entire season again, and there were a slew of others missing chunks of games.
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The draft pick of Matt Barkley is probably a long-term project and he likely won’t compete for the starting job for another year. I really like the two picks of OT Lane Johnson, and TE Zach Ertz to help that awful offensive line. Outside of the draft however, the Eagles haven’t done too much to improve their offense. They didn’t have a big list or a lot of money, but the signing of another lineman and possibly another receiver could have gone a long way considering the injury history of this offense. All things considered, I think it might be another long season for Philly, and the offense is going to be the reason.
My Grade: C-
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