Philadelphia Eagles: 10 Players Guaranteed to Be Gone after 2012 Season
With just two games remaining in the 2012 season, it's become apparent that the Philadelphia Eagles will have a new head coach in 2013.
In 14 seasons, Andy Reid established himself as the most successful coach in team history, leading the Eagles to the postseason nine times, the NFC championship five times and the Super Bowl once. But the team has steadily regressed since the 2005 season, winning just three playoff games in the last eight years.
The 2011 season was almost the final straw, as the Eagles signed a slew of big-name free agents who did not pan out the way they had hoped. Reid was brought back for the 2012 season with the condition that another 8-8 season would not be good enough. Judging by the team's 4-10 record right now, it's safe to say that Reid is gone after the season ends.
Following him should be a number of players who have played poorly throughout the 2012 season, and sometimes the previous few seasons. Here they are, in order by position.
1. Michael Vick, Quarterback
The Eagles signed Michael Vick to a six-year, $100 million deal before the 2011 season. Less than a year-and-a-half later, he's a virtual lock to not return to the team in 2013.
Vick regressed from his 2010 Comeback Player of the Year season in 2011, throwing for 14 interceptions and fumbling 10 times. He also missed three games with broken ribs.
In 2012, he turned in an even worse season, throwing 19 interceptions and fumbling in nine games before he suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys. He has since lost his starting job to rookie Nick Foles.
With Vick scheduled to make $17.9 million in 2013, he's a virtual lock to be cut following the season. The Eagles don't know if Foles will be their quarterback, but they do know they won't be paying $15.5 million to a 33-year old veteran on the decline.
2. Demetress Bell, Tackle
Demetress Bell was signed by the Eagles following the torn Achilles tendon suffered by star left tackle Jason Peters during the offseason. He was given a five-year deal, which was mostly precautionary in case the Eagles couldn't rely on Peters to return healthy from his injury.
Bell's been one of the worst players in the league this season, so bad that he was benched for King Dunlap, who isn't exactly starter-quality himself. Bell is laughably bad, and there's no chance at all that he returns in 2013.
3. King Dunlap, Tackle
The Eagles' mammoth offensive lineman has started at three positions over the past few seasons: left tackle, right tackle and right guard. But he's much more suited as a backup, and he's not even a reliable backup.
He's spent five seasons with the Eagles and he isn't improving. In the NFL, even the backups need to be able to play well if called upon. Dunlap has been a part of the revolving door at left tackle this season and his roster spot in 2013 should go to a more deserving player—especially with the emergence of rookie Dennis Kelly on the offensive line.
4. Dallas Reynolds, Center
Dallas Reynolds was thrust into a starting role when second-year player Jason Kelce suffered a season-ending ACL tear against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. He's played very poorly ever since, similar to Mike McGlynn replacing veteran Jamaal Jackson after Jackson's season-ending injury early in the 2010 season.
Reynolds has shown that he isn't even backup-quality, and I would expect the 28-year old to be out of the NFL after this season.
5. Cullen Jenkins, Defensive Tackle
The Eagles' defensive line in 2013 will be all about the young players on the team, as the veterans have failed to deliver upon expectations. That means Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton will likely be the starting defensive tackles, with Brandon Graham, Trent Cole and Vinny Curry right in the mix at defensive end.
Mike Patterson is a likely backup at defensive tackle, but Jenkins—who has regressed following a solid 2011 season—will almost definitely be cut to save the Eagles cap money this offseason.
6. Darryl Tapp, Defensive End
Darryl Tapp has been a productive backup for the Eagles for the past few seasons, but he's been virtually non-existent on the field in 2012.
Tapp has 0.5 sacks in 13 games and will be 29 years old during the 2013 season. The Eagles will look to build around Graham and Curry on the defensive line, as well as veteran Trent Cole, likely leaving no room for an ineffective veteran who costs $2.5 million this season.
7. Jamar Chaney, Linebacker
What a ride it has been for linebacker Jamar Chaney these past few seasons.
In 2010, he collected 28 tackles in two games filling in for veteran Stewart Bradley. That was late in the season and it prompted the Eagles to give Chaney the starting job.
But he regressed greatly in 2011 and has been so ineffective this year that the Eagles have given him just 140 snaps on defense (about 15 percent of plays). He has 12 tackles and no sacks or interceptions.
There's no reason to keep him on the roster for the 2013 season.
8. Casey Matthews, Linebacker
The Eagles' starting middle linebacker at the beginning of the 2011 season, Casey Matthews was benched two games into his rookie season and hasn't shown signs that he deserves to be back on the playing field.
He's participated in just 43 snaps this season, collecting exactly four tackles. He's not good enough to start in the event of an injury and he's not effective on special teams. He won't be around in 2013.
9. Nnamdi Asomugha, Cornerback
The decline of former superstar cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has been arguably the biggest reason for the struggles of the Eagles defense over the past two seasons.
This season, the 31-year-old Asomugha has allowed a ridiculous 115.3 passer rating, including four games of higher than 140. He's been completely ineffective as a starter and considering his $15.3 million salary in 2013, he's as good as gone.
10. Kurt Coleman, Safety
Kurt Coleman symbolizes almost everything that is wrong with the Eagles defense. He talks too much and can't back up his bold predictions. He picks fights with opposing players but he can't make plays on the field.
He's a significantly below average safety, even as a backup, and after three years on the Eagles' roster, it makes sense for the team to move on.