All three of those teams won their respective division in 2012, but they combined for just nine wins this year. That means a collective 35-13 record was followed up by a 9-39 mark; that’s a 26-game decline, showing anything really can happen from one year to the next.
So while there’s no guarantee the Philadelphia Eagles are headed to the postseason in 2014, fans can take comfort in several factors.
The Redskins and New York Giants saw serious problems with their rosters this season, and neither seems to have the defense to contend next year. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys are in a salary cap mess and have a 33-year-old quarterback coming off back surgery.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman has done an exceptional job managing his team’s financial success. The team has nearly all of its key players signed to long-term deals, and there is very minimal dead money weighing on the cap room.
But there are a few contracts that need adjusting, and they’re ranked in order from least important to most important.