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10 Players Who Need to Step Up If the Eagles Are Going to Make the Playoffs

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10 Players Who Need to Step Up If the Eagles Are Going to Make the Playoffs
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It’s time we stop talking about how much talent and potential the Eagles have and start talking about what the team actually is based on what it has actually done.

It’s fair to say that the Eagles are a few plays away from being 5-1; however, they’re also a few plays away from being 1-5.

The Birds have been inconsistent with the game on the line, something Andy Reid has attempted to improve with the recent firing of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and the promotion of defensive backs coach Todd Bowles to the Castillo’s former position.

It hasn’t all been bad, though. It’s clear the Eagles do have the ability to take over games and win from behind. On the contrary, it’s also clear that they are capable of completely collapsing at any point during a game.

The offensive line is more likely than not going to be a problem for the rest of the season. So, even if Michael Vick stops turning the ball over, he’s not going to have much time to do anything with it.

It’s also clear that the team is thin at a few key positions, and they’re an injury or two away from being a .500 team at best.

If the Eagles want to earn themselves a playoff berth—which is totally possible—there are a few players who are going to have to step up to enable the team to do so. 

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