There’s little sense in spending much more time dissecting the failure of the 2012 season. The coach won’t be back, Michael Vick won’t be back, and several failed draft picks and veteran busts from an underachieving squad figure to be elsewhere next season.
Still, the Eagles were thought by many writers and experts to be a legitimate contender in 2012. While the failures have been blatant and plentiful, there are undoubtedly some pieces with which the Eagles can build upon moving forward. But can those pieces be the foundation of a winner as early as next season?
Many will be quick to point to the Colts’ sudden turnaround this season as a reason to believe the Eagles won’t miss the postseason for a third-straight year. But there aren’t a ton of similarities between the two teams. The Colts were actually viewed far worse off a year ago than the Eagles are now. Credit top pick Andrew Luck for the team’s resurgence (depsite committing 23 turnovers), but the Colts have gotten quality seasons from a variety of unexpected sources. Still, many view the team’s potential playoff run as a bit of a fluke and one that should end in relatively short order should they qualify. What’s more, the Eagles don’t have the luxury of the draft’s first overall pick, nor will there be a no-brainer franchise-altering quarterback sitting there for the Eagles in the draft.
Every season is different, every division is different, and every team is different. Still, when you look at the gaping holes at multiple defensive positions and the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback play, it’s hard to imagine that Chip Kelly, Darrell Bevell, or anyone else could come in during year one and get this team back into the postseason.