Why the Philadelphia Eagles Stay in the NFC East Cellar Should Be Shortlived | Eagles Addict

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There are quite a few reasons to expect the Philadelphia Eagles to have a very different season in 2012.  First and foremost, 2011 was a definitive “Murphy’s Law” season.  Every single thing that could have gone wrong truly did go wrong.

Andy Reid had a division-winning team in need of a defensive overhaul.  He decided that the remedy was switching to a wide-nine alignment on the defensive line.  Then the next step was to have the defense run by the offensive line coach.  And to top it all off, he wanted to do it without quality players at linebacker or safety.

It was a disaster and it may not be that great in 2012, but it has to be significantly better.  The defense took a lot of heat for blowing five fourth quarter leads, but over the course of those five awful quarters, the offense made more than its share of mistakes.

In those five quarters the Eagles offense managed to score a total of three points.  If they managed just one touchdown the whole season would have been different.  It also happens that in four of those five games, the fourth quarter collapse coincided with a Michael Vick injury.

So yes, the Eagles were horrible last year, but their season in the cellar will be shortlived.  Because Michael Vick will be more prepared and more available.  Because Juan Castillo will be a little more seasoned.  Because the Eagles appear to have a real middle linebacker in DeMeco Ryans.  Not to mention, it’s impossible to imagine the Eagles blowing another five fourth quarter leads.

These aren’t the only reasons though.  The Eagles will also not be branded as the “Dream Team” in 2012.  They should be a more cohesive unit.  It also helps that the Eagles share a division with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

But the biggest reason why the Eagles’ stay in the NFC East cellar will be shortlived is the most obvious.  To anyone not paying attention, the Eagles were out of the cellar before the 2011 season even ended.  They finished second in the NFC East and a single game out of the playoffs.

No matter how 2011 turned out, the season was a complete failure, but 2012 won’t be.  They aren’t guaranteed a Super Bowl berth or anything close, but this is a team that is seeking redemption and it is a team that is ready to come together.  The Eagles may not win the division, but they will be significantly better than the team that took the field last September.

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7 Responses to Why the Philadelphia Eagles Stay in the NFC East Cellar Should Be Shortlived

  1. Bacon says:

    What Cellar?? They finished second in the division…derp!

    • He did mention that towards the end…

    • Ron Pasceri says:

      Yeah, the title was actually assigned to me by an editor, so i just wrote the article and put in the last paragraph or so that they were out of the cellar by the end of the season.

  2. Steve Boop says:

    Another reason that they won’t be in the cellar is because they beat the teams in their division. Even last years bad team beat the Cowboys and Redskins twice and the Giants once. In fact they have beaten the Giants 6 out of the last 7 times they played them!

    • Ron Pasceri says:

      Exactly, as infuriating as they were last year they actually outplayed the entire division. They can’t be as bad as last year, and Dallas and Washington are awful.

  3. phillyfnndc says:

    I’m sorry, am I missing something, the Eagles were far from the cellar, they were second in the division and actually finished with the best division record of those in the NFC East posting a 5 win 1 loss record within the division

    • Ron Pasceri says:

      Hey phillyfnndc, the other website i write for assigned me this article. I just figured I might as well do it and i wrote into the end of the article that they dug themselves out of the cellar before the season ended. The funny part is, i think 40-50 people commented on the article on the other site and not one person questioned what place they finished in, so Addict readers seem to be the quicker bunch. I guess because 2011 was so disappointing everyone just accepts the idea that they were in the “cellar”. Thank you for being smarter than the average!

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