Eagles Better Than They Should Have Been

The Eagles offense finished the ’09 campaign ranked fifth in points scored and eleventh in total yards despite laying two giant eggs versus the Raiders and Cowboys. That’s pretty good considering how many youngsters and new faces were relied on to be key contributors throughout the season.

Here’s a quick chart:

Player # Starts as an Eagle before 2009
Leonard Weaver 0
Shady McCoy 0
Jeremy Maclin 0
Jason Peters 0
Stacy Andrews 0
Winston Justice 1
Nick Cole 6
Brent Celek 11
Max Jean-Gilles 11
DeSean Jackson 15

I guess I never realized how green (no pun intended) this bunch of Birds were this season. Crap. I forgot about Kolb, another player with ZERO starts. On the flip side, the guys with so-called experience is a short list:

Player # Starts as an Eagle before 2009
McNabb 142
Jamaal 71
Herremans 61
Brown 45 (5 last two seasons)
Avant 23

Yikes! If not for Don, this group would look like a pre-school. Taking into account that Reggie is barely a member of the team and Avant is a third wide receiver, there is and was very little veteran presence on the roster. And yet they still managed to set a franchise record for points scored with 429.

Ironically, the defense had plenty of experienced starters, but struggled mightily at various times. More evidence that McDermott may have been in over his head.

The more I breakdown the 2009 season, the more I’m convinced the Eagles had no business winning eleven games. Bitch and moan if you must about their failings, but they should’ve won seven or eight games at most. So, how the hell did they pull if off? Hmm. Maybe Reid and McNabb had something to do with it. Blasphemy, I know.

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Crap. I forgot about Kolb, another player with ZERO starts.
Player # Starts as an Eagle before 2009

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  • JGC

    I don’t even know about McDermott being over his head. Remember how many times MLB was replaced throughout the season and how many injuries were sustained in other positions – some of which toughed out. There were definitely moments he had you thinking, “What are you doing?! Release the hounds!!!”. For the most part though, he did good to fill such big shoes in his first season despite dealing with everything that happened.

    Back on offense, injuries were killing us there too but the team handled business. You’re right. 11 W’s after everything that went down? Hey. I don’t like how things ended as much as the next Eagles fan but the season was not a total failure. All of this is evidence, the team will be even more feared next season, provided no stupid roster decisions are made between now and then.

  • Scott Tunstall

    McDermott was dealing with a short deck all season, but I don’t think he should get a free pass. He complicated things a bit too much, IMO. If the offensive line gets their crap together, they should be pretty potent next season.