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The 2012 preseason of the Philadelphia Eagles is underway and a new season is quickly approaching. This is the time of year to examine the strengths and weaknesses of a team as we look forward to a new season. Here is a look at the three biggest weaknesses of the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2012 season.

Quarterback Michael Vick is the biggest weakness of the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. In 2011 Michael Vick turned the ball over 17 times by throwing 14 interceptions and losing three fumbles. Keep in mind Vick missed three games last season, so he had 17 turnovers in 13 games. Although many are expecting a bounce back season from Michael Vick, it is important to remember that Vick has been an average quarterback throughout his career. Vick has only managed to win more than eight games in a season just once back in 2004 and has just two career playoff wins. Furthermore, Vick has a career completion percentage of 56% and has never thrown more than 21 touchdown passes in a season. Although Vick is average, he is by far the best option the Eagles have at quarterback, which brings about another concern. Michael Vick has missed at least one game due to injury every season he has been a starter with the exception of the 2006 season. This suggests that Vick's backup will be forced into action at some point this season. Currently, the Eagles have quarterbacks Mike Kafka, Nick Foles and Trent Edwards on their roster. Although he has just 16 career passing attempts, Mike Kafka has been the unquestioned number two quarterback throughout training camp. However, Mike Kafka's performance in Thursday's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers did little to ease concerns about the Eagles situation at backup quarterback. Whether Vick is on or off the field, he will be the key weakness to the 2012 season.

Another weakness for the Eagles is their safety positions. Currently the starting safeties are Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, both were in and out of the starting lineup last season. Allen struggled last season coming off a knee injury sustained during his rookie year. It remains to be seen if Allen can return to being the player he was in 2010 when he had three interceptions in 13 games. Kurt Coleman is known to be a hard worker off the field, but he struggled with tackling last season. As a result both Coleman and Allen will be pushed for the starting job. The Eagles spent a second round draft pick on Jaiquawn Jarrett in 2011, who in college was known for his hard hits. However, Jarrett struggled with learning the playbook and saw very limited playing time during his rookie season. The Birds are hoping Jarrett will step up and claim the starting position, but Jarrett was not very impressive against the Steelers. Last month the Eagles signed veteran safety O.J. Atogwe, who is expected to compete for a starting position as well. Atogwe was released by the Redskins after a terrible 2011 season. However, Atogwe had a few good seasons with the St. Louis Rams, but it is uncertain if he is still the player he was with the Rams. If Atogwe can rebound from last season, he would give the Eagle’s secondary some much needed experience.

Jason Peters was considered by many to have been the best offensive tackle in the league in 2011. However, in late March Peters ruptured his Achilles and will miss the entire 2012 season. Peters’ injury puts the left tackle position among the biggest weaknesses for the Philadelphia Eagles. In order to fill the avoid left by Peters, the Eagles signed tackle Demetress Bell. Ironically, it was Bell who replaced Jason Peters in Buffalo after he was traded to the Eagles. In Buffalo, Bell was an average player who started just 30 games over four seasons and often battled injuries. Should Bell falter, the Eagles will turn to King Dunlap, who has started just seven games in his four year career with the Eagles. Dunlap's lack of experience could be the Achilles heel for the Eagles if he is forced into action.

In spite of these key weaknesses, there is still a sense of optimism among fans that the Eagles will be a Championship contender. However, quarterback and offensive tackle are arguably the two most important positions on offense. It is difficult to win football games with issues at one of these positions let alone both. Additionally, safety was an issue last season and the Eagles did little to address their situation in the draft or free agency. Be sure to return to Eagles101 on Monday as we breakdown the three biggest strengths of the Eagles. Hopefully the strengths of the Eagles will outweigh the weaknesses and they can avoid another disappointing season.

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