The Philadelphia Eagles seemed poised for a special season. The talent was already there. What wasn't there last season was chemistry. Too many times last season players didn't know their assignment.
Last season was Juan Castillo's first season not only as the Eagles defensive coordinator but also as any type of defensive coach in the NFL. Add that with a new blocking scheme on offense and a new defensive line scheme and the 2011 season was one giant learning curve for everybody involved.
2012 just has a different feel. Players know what their roles and assignments are supposed to be. There is less thinking involved. When you don't have to think so much, it's easier to just go out there and do your job. Confidence eliminates self-doubt.
Last season was also a disappointing year because a lot of players had down years. The key to having a great season is getting the majority of your players to have good seasons. You don't win just four of your first 12 games with the majority of your players having career years.
The Eagles are plenty of players who look poised to break out. It's important to note that there are several different types of breakout players. Some players break out after having done nothing in their careers like a Jason Babin or Victor Cruz.
Some players are already quality starts, but they become elite players after a breakout season like Eli Manning did in 2011. The Eagles have plenty of both. Here are the 10 most likely players to break out in 2012.