The Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of becoming a Super Bowl contender once again. They have the players on both sides of the football to be elite. It was the same exact story last season. In 2011, the coaches struggled to put players in a position to succeed. They also had the crazy notion that a very inexperienced linebacking corps would get the job done. Neither will be the case in 2012.
Juan Castillo is now a seasoned defensive coordinator. He has a better idea of what he needs to do to be a successful defensive play-caller. The defense will also play more press man coverage instead of the zone coverage they needed to play last season to better fit Asante Samuel's game. Samuel is now a Falcon and both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be jamming outside receivers right at the line of scrimmage.
The linebackers will now be a strength rather than a gaping hole in the defense. DeMeco Ryans is one of the best 4-3 middle linebackers in the game. He didn't fit in the 3-4 defense as an inside linebacker and now he gets a chance to reinvent himself in Philly. He will be an every-down linebacker along with the SAM linebacker, who will most likely be the 2011 Pac-12 defensive player of the year, rookie Mychal Kendricks.
The Eagles have two solid three-down linebackers with good coverage skills who should also be stout in run support. They will play the type of defense that better fits the players that will be running it. This is a team that is ready to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy. They just need to make a few scheme adjustments in order to maximize their potential.