10 Things the Philadelphia Eagles Need for a Successful 2013

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10 Things the Philadelphia Eagles Need for a Successful 2013
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For the past few seasons, splashy off-season moves haven't translated to regular season success for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 2011 acquisitions of defensive backs Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were supposed to give the Birds their best secondary since the Brian Dawkins/Troy Vincent/Bobby Taylor trio of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

That's not how it worked out on the field, however. After an uneven 2011 which saw the "Dream Team" go 8-8, the Eagles ranked 30th in the league in total defense, a problem which began with their inability to cover the passing game of any opponent.

Another problem was the fact that Michael Vick couldn't produce as well as he had in past years. A season which saw the former star throw just 12 touchdowns while having 10 interceptions and 11 fumbles also saw Vick miss several games with a rib injury. The myriad of problems on both sides of the ball resulted in a disappointing 4-12 record last year.

Looking forward to 2013, the Eagles made some big changes, releasing Asomugha and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, among others. Philly added a new head coach, parting ways with Andy Reid and welcoming in Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles also signed cornerback Cary Williams from the world champion Baltimore Ravens, safety Kenny Phillips and running back Felix Jones.

In order to achieve success in 2013, here are 10 things the Eagles must do throughout the season.

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