Top 10 Players That Will Lead Philadelphia Eagles to 2013 Playoffs
10 Players That Will Lead Eagles to 2013 Playoffs
No one in Philadelphia was happy last season. Not because of Nick Foles replacing Michael Vick, although that may be one reason fans were unhappy, but because the Philadelphia Eagles finished the season 4-12 and one of the league's worst teams after such hype in the preseason.
The Eagles started the season 3-1 and then one just one game in the final 12, capping off one of the most disappointing years in franchise history.
Now that Andy Reid is gone and the offensive-based coach Chip Kelly has replaced him, the Eagles are looking to rebound and have a successful season in 2013.
Making the playoffs isn't a stretch for this team because they are loaded from talent from top to bottom. Vick is back for another season even though many people thought that 2012 would be his last in Philly.
While Vick may fit well with the style of offense Kelly runs, he knows that he must produce on the field in order to stay with the team as his leash is as short as any quarterback in the league.
Foles replaced Vick in the second half of the season last year and that must have sent a message to the veteran dual-threat because he is poised to lead this team to the playoffs in 2013.
It's been three years since the Eagles last playoff appearance and 53 years since their last title. Let's see if the 2013 season can change either, or both, of those numbers.
Here are 10 players that will lead the Eagles to the playoffs in 2013.
10. Brent Celek
Brent Celek has been in the league for six years and the Eagles are glad that he has been on their side of things. He had 57 catches for 684 yards and a touchdown last season and will need a better season if Vick wants to be successful.
9. Kurt Coleman
Kurt Coleman will be a fourth-year player in 2013 and has already been a solid asset to the Eagles' secondary. The safety had 93 tackles last season, which was a career-high, and he did it in the least amount of games he's appeared in during his career(14).
8. Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox had 5.5 sacks last year, but guess what? He was only a rookie. This guy has a bright future and there is always a need for an overpowering defensive tackle like Cox.
7. Nate Allen
Nate Allen is one of two solid safeties that the Eagles have in their secondary. Allen recorded a career-high in tackles in his third NFL season. He will form a dynamic duo with Coleman in the secondary.
6. DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson is electric and one of the better speedy deep threats in the league. He used to return punts and excel at it, but he is now just a receiver. He had an off-year in 2012 in yards and catches, but will likely rebound in 2013.
5. Cary Williams
Cary Williams knows what it takes to win as he was on the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl squad from last year. He had 75 tackles and four interceptions with the Ravens last year. He has appeared in all 32 games in the past two seasons.
4. DeMeco Ryans
DeMeco Ryans had his best season since 2009 in his first season with the Eagles last year. Recording 113 tackles and one sack in 16 starts last year is nothing to sneeze at, becoming the Eagles' top linebacker.
3. Jeremy Maclin
Jeremy Maclin was in just his fourth season last year, but the Eagles' top receiver has a lot of room for improvement. His potential is through the roof, but his production was not. He can do better than 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns.
2. LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy is a two-threat running back. He ran for 840 yards last season to go along with two touchdowns all while catching 54 passes. His production wasn't the best in his young career, but he was plagued by injuries all season.
1. Michael Vick
Vick had a very poor 2012 season with 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interception while losing his starting job to Nick Foles. He will need to make a complete turnaround in 2013 if he wants to keep his job and make the playoffs — finally.