It never feels good for the season to end, especially another one without a trophy. But let's keep things in perspective here, Eagles faithful: this year turned out wildly better than it had any right to. The trade of franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb signaled Andy Reid's decision to make the 2010-2011 season a rebuilding year. All that changed in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.
New starting QB Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion during the season opener. While a quarterback injury might not have caused a shakeup in years past, especially in Philadelphia, this is 2010 and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is cracking down on concussions. Without rehashing seventeen weeks of football, Kolb's concussion and the new testing rules allowed Reid to put Michael Vick under center, and for weeks it was magical, culminating in the Monday Night Massacre. After that, there was talk of taking the division, fighting through the playoffs, and taking the Lombardi Trophy home once and for all.
At the end of the day, though the Eagles lost on an interception, this only served to add to the irony of the season in Philadelphia. But let's be real, Eagles fans, this is more than we could have hoped for. No one expected defenses not to figure out how to get to Vick, especially with the way the offensive line was playing at the end of the season. No one expected our shaky defense to keep increasingly tougher offenses from making big plays. But what we expect and what we hope for can be two very different things.
Over the offseason, I'll be giving overviews of players, discussing what the Eagles could do to make improvements for next year, and all trade, draft and managerial decisions affecting the team. The Eagles proved they have a lot to work with, but also showed there is much to be improved. Any and all comments and questions are welcome, and I'll try to respond to them as quickly as I can.
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