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NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

August 19, 2012
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Philadelphia Eagles

By Kelci Baker, EIHSS SPORTS

Last year: 8-8, 2nd in NFC East, missed playoffs

Quarterback Vince Young has called the Eagles a 'dream team' last summer when they were a popular choice in the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl. After 38 turnovers and a confusing defense that took almost all season to understand, the Eagles lost eight of their first 12 games, missing the playoffs for the third time in 12 years. After 14 seasons coach Andy Reid is feeling pressured after he was almost fired by owner Jeffrey Lurie because of the disappointing season. They did, however, finish strong last year, keeping Reid and the Eagles optimistic. They won their last four games, giving up 46 points in those games. Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson and left guard Evan Mathis have been re-signed as their top free agents during this offseason. They've also traded linebacker DeMeco Ryans and had one of their best drafts this time around.

 

There are plenty of weapons in this Eagles offense run by Marty Mornhinweg with a west coast style. LeSean McCoy had a league best 17 rushing touchdowns last season and rushed for 1,309 yards. He caught at least 48 passes, one of five players on the Eagles team to do so. A huge vertical threat for the team as well as the league is Jackson, but quarterback Michael Vick is a dual threat in his own right. At the start of 2011, there was a lot of speculation as to how this offense would fair and by the end, they'd turned all of their negatives into strengths. The biggest problem coming into this season is taking a step back and looking at the 38 turnovers last season, second most in the league. The biggest problem was the 14 interceptions and losing four of 10 fumbles by Vick, five of his giveaways coming in the red zone. In third-down passing, fourth-quarter passing and passing against the blitz, he finished near the bottom and although he is critical to the teams success, keep in mind this is the last guaranteed year on his contract.

 

The Eagles led the NFL with 50 sacks last season when they adapted defensive line coach Jim Washburn's "wide-nine," style of play. Defensive end Jason Babin had 18 of those sacks while Trent Cole produced 11. Adding first-round defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and second-round pick linebacker Mychal Kendricks, they should be better this season overall. The Eagles believe Kendricks will be an effective blitzed while Ryans will be a solid anchor to the linebacker unit that has been the defense's weakest link. The Eagles gave up 27 touchdown passes last season even though they were leading the league in sacks last season as well as having two Pro-Bowl cornerbacks in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Cromtartie. We'll assume it took a while for the secondary to adapt to defensive coordinator Juan Castillo's new scheme. Once season gets underway, it will become clear if trading Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel is a good or a bad thing. 

Special teams coordinator Bobby April took a lot of heat last year when they didn't re-sign Pro Bowl kicker David Akers and went with rookie Alex Henery instead. He did have a solid year with 24 of 27 field-goal attempts. Rookie punter Chas Henry was inconsistent and there was little from the Eagles return game.

 

Castillo was moved from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator last season and although his unit struggled early, they ended well. Now, with Ryan, Cox, and Kendricks in the lineup, Castillo will have no excuses to not come out on top this season.

2012 SCHEDULE

Week 1 9/9: Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 2 9/16: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. EST, CBS
Week 3 9/23: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 4 9/30: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC
Week 5 10/7: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 6 10/14: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions 1 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 10/28: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 9 11/5: Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Week 10 11/11: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 11 11/18: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1  p.m. EST, FOX
Week 12 11/26: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Week 13 12/2: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC
Week 14 12/9: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 15 12/13: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bengals 8:20 p.m. EST, NFL Network
Week 16 12/23: Philadelphia Eagles  vs. Washington Redskins 1 p.m. EST, FOX
Week 17 12/30: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 1 p.m. EST, FOX

#NamePos.Ht.Wt.AgeExp.College
88 Akpla, Elvis WR 6-1 190 23 R Montana St.
29 Allen, Nate S 6-1 210 24 3 South Florida
24 Asomugha, Nnamdi CB 6-2 210 31 10 California
43 Atogwe, Oshiomogho S 5-11 205 31 8 Stanford
81 Avant, Jason WR 6-0 212 29 7 Michigan
93 Babin, Jason DE 6-3 267 32 9 Western Michigan
77 Bell, Demetress T 6-5 311 28 5 Northwestern State
37 Bonner, Wade DB 5-10 195 24 R Mississippi State
22 Boykin, Brandon CB 5-9 182 22 R Georgia
85 Brackett, Brett TE 6-5 246 24 1 Penn State
34 Brown, Bryce RB 6-0 223 21 R Kansas State
96 Brown, Xavier DE 6-4 265 24 1 L.I.U. Post
87 Celek, Brent TE 6-4 255 27 6 Cincinnati
51 Chaney, Jamar LB 6-0 242 25 3 Mississippi St.
57 Clayton, Keenan LB 6-1 229 25 3 Oklahoma
42 Coleman, Kurt FS 5-11 195 24 3 Ohio State
58 Cole, Trent DE 6-3 270 29 8 Cincinnati
14 Cooper, Riley WR 6-3 222 24 3 Florida
91 Cox, Fletcher DT 6-4 298 21 R Mississippi State
75 Curry, Vinny DE 6-3 266 24 R Marshall
90 Dixon, Antonio DT 6-3 322 27 4 Miami (FL)
46 Dorenbos, Jon LS 6-0 250 32 10 UTEP
65 Dunlap, King T 6-9 330 26 5 Auburn
11 Edwards, Trent QB 6-4 230 28 5 Stanford
9 Foles, Nick QB 6-6 243 23 R Arizona
89 Ford, Chase TE 6-6 245 22 R Miami
64 Gibson, Mike G/C 6-4 305 26 4 California
19 Gilyard, Mardy WR 6-1 187 25 2 Cincinnati
54 Graham, Brandon DE 6-2 265 24 3 Michigan
16 Hall, Chad WR 5-8 187 26 3 Air Force
84 Hamler, Jamel WR 6-2 195 23 1 Fresno State
21 Hanson, Joselio CB 5-9 185 31 8 Texas Tech
82 Harbor, Clay TE 6-3 252 25 3 Missouri State
38 Harris, Cliff CB 5-11 180 21 R Oregon
39 Havili, Stanley FB 6-0 245 24 1 USC
6 Henery, Alex K 6-1 177 25 2 Nebraska
8 Henry, Chas P 6-3 220 23 2 Florida
80 Hernandez, Brian WR 5-11 190 28 1 Utah
79 Herremans, Todd OT 6-6 321 29 8 Saginaw Valley State
27 Hughes, Brandon CB 5-11 185 26 4 Oregon State
76 Hunt, Phillip DE 6-0 244 26 2 Houston
41 Igwenagu, Emil FB 6-2 245 23 R Massachusetts
10 Jackson, DeSean WR 5-10 175 25 5 California
17 Jacobson, McKay WR 5-11 199 24 R BYU
26 Jarrett, Jaiquawn S 6-0 196 22 2 Temple
97 Jenkins, Cullen DT 6-2 305 31 9 Central Michigan
13 Johnson, Damaris WR 5-8 175 22 R Tulsa
74 Jones, D.J. T 6-5 310 24 1 Nebraska
86 Jones, Tiger WR 5-11 184 30 1 Louisville
56 Jordan, Akeem OLB 6-1 230 27 6 James Madison
3 Kafka, Mike QB 6-3 225 25 3 Northwestern
62 Kelce, Jason C 6-3 295 24 2 Cincinnati
67 Kelly, Dennis OT 6-8 321 22 R Purdue
95 Kendricks, Mychal LB 5-11 239 21 R California
94 Landri, Derek DT 6-2 290 28 6 Notre Dame
28 Lewis, Dion RB 5-8 195 21 2 Pittsburgh
35 Lindley, Trevard CB 6-0 183 26 2 Kentucky
18 Maclin, Jeremy WR 6-0 198 24 4 Missouri
31 Marsh, Curtis CB 6-1 197 24 2 Utah State
69 Mathis, Evan G 6-5 302 30 8 Alabama
50 Matthews, Casey LB 6-1 245 23 2 Oregon
1 McBriar, Mat P 6-0 227 33 9 Hawaii
25 McCoy, LeSean RB 5-11 208 24 4 Pittsburgh
61 McCullough, Alfred G 6-2 311 23 R Alabama
83 McNutt, Marvin WR 6-3 216 23 R Iowa
53 Moten, Adrian LB 6-2 230 24 2 Maryland
49 Nelson, Tom S 5-11 200 25 3 Illinois State
78 Ogbu, Ollie DT 6-1 305 25 1 Penn State
32 Polk, Chris RB 5-11 222 22 R Washington
47 Rau, Ryan LB 6-1 230 22 R Portland State
66 Reynolds, Dallas G/C 6-4 320 28 1 Brigham Young
23 Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique CB 6-2 182 26 5 Tennessee State
52 Rolle, Brian LB 5-10 240 23 2 Ohio State
59 Ryans, DeMeco LB 6-1 247 28 7 Alabama
48 Simmons, Monte LB 6-3 226 23 1 Kent State
55 Tapp, Darryl DE 6-1 270 27 7 Virginia Tech
61 Taylor, Monte DE 6-5 266 23 R Cincinnati
33 Thomas, Kevin DB 6-0 192 25 2 USC
45 Thomas, Phillip FS 5-11 198 21 R Syracuse
72 Thornton, Cedric DT 6-4 309 24 1 Southern Arkansas
74 Trotter, Frank DT 6-2 275 22 R Memphis
68 Vallos, Steve C/G 6-3 310 28 5 Wake Forest
73 Vandervelde, Julian G 6-2 300 24 2 Iowa
7 Vick, Michael QB 6-0 215 32 11 Virginia Tech
78 Washington, Brandon G 6-2 320 24 R Miami (FL)
63 Watkins, Danny G 6-3 310 27 2 Baylor
76 Welch, Thomas OT 6-6 300 25 2 Vanderbilt

Active/Physically Unable to Perform

#NamePos.Ht.Wt.AgeExp.College
30 Anderson, Colt S 5-10 194 26 3 Montana

Injured Reserve

#NamePos.Ht.Wt.AgeExp.College
80 Johnson, Ronald WR 5-10 185 24 1 USC

Reserve/Non Football Injury

#NamePos.Ht.Wt.AgeExp.College
98 Patterson, Mike DT 6-1 300 28 8 USC
71 Peters, Jason T 6-4 328 30 9 Arkansas

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