Eagles players reflected on the season that was and took the opportunity to highlight the best among them.
LeSean McCoy was named as the MVP of the team’s offense for obvious reasons–breaking team records and leading the league in number of touchdowns will do that for you. Jason Babin was named the most valuable for Philadelphia’s defense for his 18 sacks, the most for an Eagle since 1992.
And though he missed the last four games due to injury, Colt Anderson was given special team MVP honors for his importance to that unit this season.
One year later: No looking back
David Akers is one of those players who, regardless of where they go, will always be a Philadelphia Eagle. The former Eagles kicker showed Philadelphia several times this season that he is the fabulous player that he always was, earning yet another Pro Bowl berth this year.
A year after being let go by the team that was his home for a dozen years, Akers is doing just fine in San Francisco. In fact, one could argue that he got the better end of the deal, as the 49ers went 13-3 on the season (including a defeat of the Eagles) and earned a bye for the first week of the playoffs, now preparing to face the Saints in the NFC Divisional round.
More important than all of that? Akers’ young daughter Hally, who had a tumor on her ovary discovered around this time last year, is now cancer free.
Good on ya, David.
Who do you want back in 2012?
As the Birds are done for the season, fans have plenty of time to think about who they want to see back in Eagles green next season. And who they overwhelmingly do not.
Philly.com conducted a poll of Eagles fans and the results are in. A number of offensive players are overwhelmingly wanted back by fans for 2012 by overwhelming majorities: 98.1% want to see LeSean McCoy back (um–duh. Who exactly were the 1.9% who said otherwise?); 98.4% want to see Brent “tough guy” Celek return; and 97.8% are looking forward to seeing what Jeremy Maclin can do in 2012.
On defense, the players who fans said they most want to see return include Trent Cole at 98.4%; Cullen Jenkins with 98.1% of votes; and 95.5% saying they want to see Jason Babin back in an Eagles uniform.
On the other end of the spectrum, only 7.5% of fans want to see Vince Young back (again I ask, who are these people?). The next lowest scoring Bird was Victor Abiamiri, who has been extremely unlucky with regard to injury, with only 7.8 wanting to see him back next year.
The full results are featured and broken down here. The article features a comparison of, where applicable, support for a return for the 2011 season versus that for 2012.
Also featured is fan support for Philadelphia’s front office, including owner Jeffrey Lurie. Which seems a little silly to me, as he’s never going to un-own the team based on what we think, but I suppose the point of the exercise wasn’t to bog things down in reality/fact.
As I’m sure you’re wondering, 49.3% of respondents want to see Andy Reid return in 2012–which is actually almost an 8% increase over last year.
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