Philadelphia Eagles 2012-2013 Season Preview: They're Sucking Us in Again

Tim StoeckleContributor IIIJune 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: A Philadelphia Eagles fan reacts to a play during the first half of the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Year after year, Eagles' fans are pulled in by the belief that this is the year that the Birds finally win the Super Bowl. Last year, the "Dream Team" was assembled, and Eagles-mania reached a new level in Philadelphia. By season's end, it was labeled the most disappointing year in franchise history.

Eagles Nation was preparing for, and hoping for, Andy Reid's departure, but they were instead sucked in by a long, drawn-out press conference announcing that both Andy Reid and defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, would be back on the sidelines.

The frustration level rose and rose, but a fan base that is rivaled only by the Cubs, as far as loyalty, began to prepare to criticize every move that the Eagles were about to make. But then, something amazing happened: they made good moves.  

It started in March, when the Eagles paid their star receiver, DeSean Jackson, a deal worth $51 million. He admittedly was distracted last year by his contract situation, and it affected his play. That won't be an issue now that he has his money.  

Then, later in the month, the Eagles traded for former Pro Bowl middle linebacker, DeMeco Ryans. Middle linebacker was a huge hole for Philadelphia last year, and they immediately addressed their need by acquiring a freakish athlete, who will be loved by Philly fans.

In May, Pro Bowl left tackle, Jason Peters, tore his Achilles, and an offensive line that could not protect Michael Vick lost its best piece. So, the Eagles went out and signed Demetress Bell to replace Peters. He's not the same player, but he is a solid replacement.

Eagles fans were pleased, but the Draft hadn't happened yet, and fans figured that would be when the team finally made a bad move. But, once again, they did the right thing and filled needs. Not only did they fill needs, but they filled needs with a smart pick; they didn't try to outsmart other teams and draft an off-the-radar player.

The Eagles traded up and drafted defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, a player that was on their radar from the start. Then, they took linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who will make an immediate impact on this defense. Defensive end Vinny Curry, was next, followed by quarterback Nick Foles and cornerback Brandon Boykin. Pick after pick, the Eagles made smart moves. The fan base began to believe.

With all other positions apparently taken care of, fans began to wonder if the team forgot about the safety position. Well in mid-June, the Eagles signed veteran safety OJ Atogwe. Atogwe is a veteran presence who will help the young starters and add some valuable time on the field.

After all the pieces were together and everyone was paid, the attitude in OTAs was a refreshing change from last year: no distractions, no excuses, all business. Michael Vick has a demeanor about him that I've never seen before.  

He wants to win, and he wants to win now. And it seems like everyone else has bought into it. They were embarrassed last year. An 8-8 record for a team with so much talent? Unacceptable. And they know that.    

And, I'm scared to say, I believe them. I believe that they have a different mentality heading into this year. I believe that this mentality will make a difference. I believe that the new players will make a positive impact, and that the returning players will have much improved years. I believe that the Eagles can compete for a Super Bowl. And I hate that I believe this.


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