With all the hype surrounding the star players, it is easy to forget that football is ultimately a team sport. One player or a few players cannot carry a team, and many players on the Philadelphia Eagles are integral to the team's success without getting much recognition.
Here are four Eagles who are very integral to the success of the team and are not talked about by the media nearly as often as they should be.
One of the most underrated players on the Eagles is Brent Celek. Celek is a very capable pass-catcher and has improved drastically on his run-blocking. He is a selfless player who does whatever he is asked for the benefit of the team.
Over the years, whenever Celek was asked to make big plays through the air, he made them. When he was asked to help on blocking he was also willing to switch over. Celek certainly lost statistics that could have helped him make a bid for the Pro Bowl and he sacrificed those stats for the good of the team without complaining.
He definitely deserves more recognition from the media than he currently receives.
Joselio Hanson is also one of the more underrated players on the Eagles roster. While Hanson plays poorly on the outside, he is a very excellent nickel corner and is very reliable playing the inside.
When the Eagles traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and attempted to move him to nickel corner, they made the decision to retain Hanson. It turned out to be a great decision. Rodgers-Cromartie struggled mightily at the nickel and the pass defense made great improvements when Hanson was re-inserted.
While Tapp does not accumulate the incredible statistics that starters such as Jason Babin and Trent Cole accumulate, he is a very integral member of the Eagles lineup.
Tapp amassed 2.5 sacks in the 2011 season, which overall does not sound that impressive, but one must consider that Tapp played in less than 30 percent of the snaps during the season.
He is an excellent pass-rusher and a valuable member of the Eagles rotation.
The Eagles offensive line has been criticized during most of the 2011 season, but recognition was not always given to bright spots along the line. Much attention was given to Evan Mathis and Jason Peters, but Todd Herremans should get more recognition than he currently receives.
Herremans has had moments when he has played exceptionally and moments when he has struggled, but the Eagles clearly have enough faith in him to protect Vick's blind side, as they signed no other right tackle in free agency to compete with him. And the fact that Herremans made the switch from left guard to right tackle is impressive.
He is a very versatile player and arguably the most important part of the Eagles O-line, doing the most to keep Vick standing and he's also able to be moved anywhere O-line coach Howard Mudd may need him.