Choosing just 12 players who disappointed the most from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2011 season is difficult. Many of the players on the 53-man roster didn’t play up to their potential, but these 12 are the ones who hurt the Eagles the most.
Some are stars who didn’t give the Eagles their typical Pro Bowl season, while still others are rookies and younger players who struggled immensely when asked to contribute.
Punter is one of the least important positions on the team, so Chas Henry’s poor season isn’t a huge deal. But the Philadelphia Eagles have to be wondering why they let go of Sav Rocca.
Henry is an undrafted rookie free agent who struggled mightily with the Eagles. He ranks 30th among 31 qualifying punters in average yards per punt (42.4) and 29th in average net yards per punt (37.0).
Just 18 of his 62 punts have landed inside the opponents’ red zone. And who can forget Henry’s awful fake punt pass?
He gets a pass to a certain extent because of the torn patellar tendon he suffered late last year, an injury that carried over to 2011.
Nate Allen has still struggled and been extremely inconsistent for 15 games. As a rookie in 2010, he picked off a pass in each of his first three games and was named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month.
He just hasn’t been the same ball hawk in 2011 and 2012 will be a big year for him to prove his value to the team.
To be fair, Casey Matthews was thrust into an awkward situation. He was forced into the starting role at middle linebacker, arguably the most important position on the defense, when he clearly wasn’t ready.
Matthews was burned badly on a touchdown pass to Brandon Jacobs in Week 3 and subsequently got benched.
He has worked his way back into a role as a nickel linebacker and has played better. Although he’s still awful in pass coverage.
Jamar Chaney played so well in a Week 15 win against the New York Giants last December that NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said Chaney is already one of the top 10 inside linebackers in the game.
Chaney has struggled this year, and Pro Football Focus rates him as the worst player on the Eagles defense. Chaney gave up a touchdown pass in three straight weeks early in the season. In addition to being poor against the pass, he hasn’t fared well against the run.
He was signed in the offseason to be a veteran presence to a Philadelphia Eagles team with the tools to get to the Super Bowl and beyond.
Instead, Jarrad Page played so poorly that the Philadelphia Eagles cut him after Week 5. Page gave way to safeties Nate Allen, Jaiquwan Jarrett and Kurt Coleman, none of whom have been much better than Page.
Just three years ago, Ronnie Brown was a Pro Bowler, rushing for 916 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Miami Dolphins. Brown was signed to be a top backup for LeSean McCoy.
He responded with a miserable season, rushing for 122 yards on 36 carries and just a 3.4 yards per carry average. He threw an infamous lateral in the San Francisco game, and it got so bad that the Philadelphia Eagles actually tried to trade him.
This season showed Steve Smith is a mere shell of the wide receiver who caught 107 passes in 2009 for the New York Giants.
Smith caught just 11 passes for the Philadelphia Eagles before mercifully being placed on Injured Reserve.
He resorted back to being the player he was in Atlanta, but football experts had to know that was coming.
Michael Vick’s 2,968 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions aren’t bad. But it’s nowhere near the numbers Vick put up for the Eagles in his MVP-caliber season a year ago.
Vick also missed three full games and parts of numerous others due to various injuries.
It’s rare that the backup quarterback grades as more disappointing than the starter, but Vince Young had a year to forget.
He spent most of the preseason injured and then played awful in three starts with the Eagles, throwing eight interceptions, including four in a miserable loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Besides forfeiting any chance he had of starting somewhere in 2012, Young uttered the dumbest line in Philly sports since “For who? For what?” by dubbing the Eagles the “Dream Team.”
The Eagles thought they were getting themselves a Pro Bowl corner when they shipped Kevin Kolb to Arizona for DRC and a second-round pick.
Instead, they got a guy who barely pushed for playing time and gave up a 98.3 passer rating while recording no interceptions in the time he did play.
I know, I know, I know: Juan Castillo didn’t use him correctly.
But Nnamdi Asomugha still looked absolutely awful this year, especially after signing a record $60 million contract in the offseason that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2015 season.
Asomugha has given up four touchdowns already in 2011 after giving up just one in the previous three seasons. He struggled mightily against the run as well.
The Philadelphia Eagles decided to test him by seeing how he responded to not having a contract before they signed him long term.
That move backfired in every way possible.
DeSean Jackson was extremely inconsistent on the field and even worse off the field. He missed a mandatory team meeting leading to his benching in the Arizona game, a contest the Philadelphia Eagles would go on to lose by just four points.
He has just three touchdowns on the season and very likely may have played his way out of Philly.