The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2011 season not only saw the team’s streak of three consecutive playoff appearances end, but the season as a whole fell short of expectations obtained following numerous free-agent signings in a condensed offseason.
For a team that had Super Bowl aspirations at the start of the season, a 4-8 record heading into Week 14 summed up the disappointment that the 2011 season had brought up to that point.
Rather than cheering the team on as they attempted to continue their streak of playoff appearances and advance past the Wild Card Round for the first time since the 2008 season, fans had more reasons to feel frustrated and disappointed at the way the season had gone.
But that was last season.
After witnessing the team award extensions to current players rather than spending big on free-agent acquisitions, and after focusing on defense early in April’s draft, might fans have more to cheer about this season?
Furthermore, could the frustration and disappointment that was felt towards certain players turn into applause and encouragement?
Eagles fans already have their favorite players who have played hard for the team over the past few seasons, but here are 10 less obvious choices for players who will become fan favorites this season.