Let's face it, the 2012 season is a make-or-break year for head coach Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles. After a rough start, the self-proclaimed "Dream Team" missed the NFL playoffs and finished the season just 8-8, leaving fans scratching their heads and hanging up their jerseys early, wondering how such a promising season became such a disaster.
Ignoring the glaring holes on the defensive side of the ball, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo did a decent job, guiding his unit to the eighth-ranked defense in terms of yards per game, and dealing out 50 sacks, tying the Minnesota Vikings for the NFL best.
However, inconsistent defensive back play was a detriment to the team, along with the fact that the Eagles struggled when it came to the most fundamental of defensive skills: tackling.
On the other side of the ball, QB Michael Vick and Co. looked phenomenal for the most part, finishing the regular season fourth in terms of yards per game. Flashes of brilliance were overshadowed, however, by the fact that the offensive unit was the second worst team in football when it came to turnover differential (-14, t-Washington Redskins).
All things considered, the Philadelphia Eagles' mediocre season was a dark time for the organization, but the night is darkest just before the dawn, and the Eagles have all the pieces necessary to return to the playoffs, if not the Super Bowl in 2012.