The Philadelphia Eagles had a very impressive 2010 season, despite it being the first year since 1999 without Donovan McNabb as the starting quarterback. Kevin Kolb was expected to be the franchise quarterback, but he got knocked out in the first game and Michael Vick took over as the starter. One of the youngest teams in the league, the Eagles should only get better as their young players get more experience.
Michael Vick turned in an MVP type season after taking over for Kolb, and he looks to have a strong hold on the starting spot for the time being. Kolb may be used as trade bait this offseason, but I think that they’ll hang onto him so that they have a solid backup in case of an injury to Vick. LeSean McCoy broke out in 2010, as he showed just how valuable he is in both the run and pass game. He could develop into a top back in the NFL, but the depth behind him is suspect so an injury to McCoy could damage this team’s championship aspirations. DeSean Jackson is one of the league’s most electric players and a great vertical threat. Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant are also very good wide receivers, and they give Vick a nice array of weapons in the passing game. Brent Celek had a down year, but he is still a solid starter at the tight end position. The offensive line struggled in 2010, giving up a total of 50 sacks. Jamal Jackson went down with an injury in week one, and Mike McGlynn just wasn’t very good at center. The left side is good with Todd Herremans and Jason Peters, but look for the Eagles to upgrade the right side of the line.
The defensive line has a lot of talent, but it wasn’t all that impressive last year. Trent Cole and Juqua Parker are both solid pass rusher, but hopefully Brandon Graham can come back from his injury and make more of an impact. Antonio Dixon and Mike Patterson are above average starting defensive tackles, and Broderick Bunkley is still solid despite losing his starting job. The linebacker group could use some work, but some of the rookies looked good last season. Ernie Sims was a big disappointment and he needs to be replaced. Stewart Bradley is a very talented player, but he has had problems with injuries in the past, and it remains to be seen what position he plays moving forward. The cornerback group is led by Asante Samuel, who remains one of the top cornerbacks in the game. However, with the loss of Ellis Hobbs, this unit is a problem spot. Dmitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson are adequate corners, but they probably shouldn’t be starters in the NFL. Look for the Eagles to upgrade this position. The safety group also may have some questions, with Quintin Mikell being a free agent, and Nate Allen coming off a serious injury despite a very successful rookie season.