NFL Offseason: Philadelphia Eagles' Rollercoaster Year in Review

Chris LangilleContributor IJanuary 25, 2011

It was just about this time last year when I was watching the remaining NFL playoff teams, I thought to myself, "Man, the Eagles have a lot of holes to fill." 

It seems like I say that at the end of every season, including this one. Between season-ending injuries, players not living up to expectations and the usual coaching inadequacies, this has been one of the most frustrating seasons I can remember.

Just when you think this team is on the verge of something great, even if it’s by accident (which it was this year), they disappoint you in the worst way.  Being an Eagles fan is like being on a rollercoaster that never ends, not even when the season is over.

As disappointing as this season was, you could actually make the argument that it was the most exciting Eagles team to watch in team history. The renaissance of Michael Vick became a national story. Watching him play, I felt with him, we could beat anyone. I remember watching entire games this year without blinking once, for fear that I would miss a 40-yard scramble, or 60-yard dart to DJax. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player improve so much, in such a short period of time.

Speaking of DeSean Jackson, "Miracle in the Meadowlands II" will go down as one of the most memorable plays in Eagles franchise history. The Eagles were founded in 1933, so that’s saying a lot.

But when it is all said and done, the Eagles—as usual—couldn’t get it done when it counted. Yes, Michael Vick threw a bad interception to end the season, but there are many other reasons for this team's failures.

With that said, get ready, because in the following posts we are going to dissect everything from philosophies, to personnel, to coaching.

And it’s going to get messy.