The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles finished the season 8-8 and in second place in the NFC East, largely because of injuries, inconsistency, and fourth quarter collapses that ultimately cost the team a trip to the playoffs. The Eagles return much of the same roster—and coaching staff—which could be a good thing or could be a bad thing.
Whatever the case, the Eagles have plenty of talent and they know what they are going to get from most of the players on their roster. Trent Cole has been nothing but a top-five defensive end in the league every season, and for that reason, he will not make the list.
Mike Patterson is as consistent as a rock, and he is likely going to give the Eagles pretty much the same performance this year that he gave them last year. Those players will not be the difference between the Eagles finishing 12-4 or 9-7 and looking in.
For those with a great variance though, their performance this season could make or break the Eagles.