Before the 2010-2011 season started, there were a number of questions looming in Philadelphia. For the first time since 2002, the Eagles would find themselves without two of the most prolific players in the history for the franchise: Brian Westbrook, the supremely talented, albeit injury-prone, running back who served as the starter for the team since he was drafted in 2002. And Donovan McNabb, the polarizing quarterback who, after a decade of service, five NFC Championship appearances and a Super Bowl appearance, was exiled to a division rival. In their place, ready and willing to take the mantle, were the young guns who sought to prove themselves in light of all the changes.
No one gave the Eagles a shot in the preseason. Many predicted them landing in last place in NFC East and missing the playoffs altogether. Well, as we all know now, many were very wrong.
Despite their success, however, the Eagles are not quite an elite team just yet, though they rest on the cusp. Regardless of what happens in the postseason and how far they go, there are a number of things that will have to happen in the offseason in order to elevate the Birds into the conversation of consistently great teams.
The following is a number of predictions that, if applied, might help Philly reach that status.