Clearly, 2011 was a rough year for anyone who likes the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite an 8-8 season that saw them miss the playoffs, there have been some fun and interesting things that happened.
There was the post-lockout free-agency excitement, a Week 1 blowout of the St. Louis Rams, who at the time were thought to be a good team. There was the blowout of the Dallas Cowboys on a Sunday night game and a four-game winning streak to end the season.
The latest positive story is news that both offensive tackle Jason Peters and running back LeSean McCoy were named first team All-Pro. Pro Bowls are nice, and a few Eagles seem to get voted in every year, but All-Pro is something altogether different.
Being selected first team All-Pro signifies you as the absolute best at your position for that given year.
This is the first time the Eagles have had two players given this honor in the same season since guard Shawn Andrews and safety Brian Dawkins in 2006.
Adding to the good news is Jason Babin being named to the second team.
Perhaps the most significant part of this story is the fact that all three of these players will be lining up in midnight green next year. There is some real talent on this football team, and these three players will definitely be pillars for what hopes to be an outstanding 2012.
Better still is the fact that Babin isn't even the best defensive end on the team. That would be Trent Cole.
Peters is part of an offensive line that started two rookies in Danny Watkins and Jason Kelce, a free-agent afterthought in Evan Mathis and stalwart Todd Herremans in his first year protecting the blind side. That unit can only get better.
Last, but not least, is the fact that McCoy will turn just 24 this summer. He is already the best running back in the NFL and he hasn't even peaked yet.
The Eagles have some changes to make, but there are definitely some very important pieces in place.