5 Philadelphia Eagles Who Must Improve to Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive

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5 Philadelphia Eagles Who Must Improve to Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive
Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

With a 3-5 record after Week 9 of the 2012 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in a very familiar and unwelcoming position. 

It was exactly one year ago that Andy Reid's squad struggled its way to a 3-5 start, only to finish the second half of the season 5-3 and miss the playoffs by a slim margin. While the Eagles will surely have to win more than five games to prevent another near miss, all hope is not yet lost. 

But it's the players, not the coaching staff, who need to right the ship—and quick. 

Sure, Reid and his crew have been far from perfect. But to say they deserve the brunt of the blame couldn't be further from the truth. And while Michael Vick deserves his share of criticism, he's far from the only one causing Philly's playoff hopes to fade into the night.

Let's look at five players who absolutely must improve their play for the Eagles to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. 

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