The 2011 season was a disaster on so many levels for the Philadelphia Eagles. For some teams, an 8-8 season would be a good thing. For Eagles fans, it was crushing. After all the big free-agent signings and all the hype, it was embarrassing to see this team fall to 4-8 after Week 13.
The Eagles lost to bad teams and they blew several fourth-quarter leads. They couldn't tackle, they couldn't protect the football and they kept finding new ways to lose. All the free-agent acquisitions couldn't save this team now.
The 2011 season is in the past. The 2012 team just has a completely different feel. Five veteran Eagles players were given long-term extensions this summer. DeSean Jackson was one of those players to get a new deal. He was not the same player last season. He was grossly underpaid and was very unhappy that he wasn't taken care of before the season started. Now he is and now he can return to burning defenses.
The Eagles front office has been able to acknowledge their failures from the 2011 season and use that to help themselves heading into the 2012 season. They have taken care of their own players while also being able to add a couple of key players to the roster. They also had themselves an outstanding draft. Here are 10 ways the Eagles have improved themselves heading into the regular season.