Time is a funny thing. If you talked to any Eagles fan between the time the lockout ended and the season began, there was no more optimistic fan group. The team was “all in” and the season was Super Bowl or bust.
If you talked to those same fans between September and February you would have gotten the exact opposite reaction. It was time for Andy Reid to go. Michael Vick needed to follow him out. Juan Castillo had to go. The Eagles stink and can’t overcome the Giants.
Fast forward to now and the tables have turned almost another 180 degrees.
The Eagles took care of their own players, signing numerous extensions and keeping team morale high. They moved quickly to replace injured All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and executed a highly praised draft. They even made a trade for a former Pro Bowl middle linebacker.
The only real speed bump has been the trade of Asante Samuel for a 7th round pick, but most fans have let that one go already.
As bad as 2011 seemed, the team was 8-8 ...