Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Eagles fans' hopes are high, really high

How high are the expectations among Eagles fans for this season?

Eagles fans’ hopes are high, really high

(Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)
(Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

How high are the expectations among Eagles fans for this season?

Well, 54 percent of fans surveyed in the latest Philly Fan Project expect them to get to the Super Bowl, with 25 percent expecting them to win the whole thing. An additional 33 percent are banking on an appearance in the divisional round.

The survey, conducted by the Temple University Sport Industry Research Center for the Daily News, represents 871 responses from sports fans in Philadelphia and surrounding counties and was conducted within the last 2 weeks.

The biggest concern, of course, was the offensive line and protecting quarterback Michael Vick. Among respondents, 69 percent said the offensive line was their biggest concern. Another 13 percent chose the young linebackers. The red zone offense and the promotion of Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator were selected by 6 percent each.

Among the other findings related to the Eagles:

* Nearly 87 percent expect the Eagles to have double-digit wins, with 35.6 percent saying 11 wins and 25.9 percent predicting 10 wins.

* The fans believe the Eagles are the top of the class in the NFC East, with 89 percent predicting another division title.

* Of the Eagles' many prominent offseason additions, 59 percent say cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will have the biggest impact. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins was selected by 15 percent, with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at 11 percent.

* In what might be music to Drew Rosenhaus' ears, 82 percent said they think wide receiver DeSean Jackson will get a new contract, 13 percent said they were unsure and 5 percent said they did not think he would get a new deal.

* With the announcement of a new contract for Vick, 41 percent said they liked the deal and 12 percent said they loved it. Seventeen percent said the length of the contract at 6 years was too long (the final year is almost certain to be voided) and 21 percent said it was for too much money at $100 million. Nine percent sai they hated it.

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