Reasons to temper Eagles' expectations

Rookie linebacker Casey Matthews in one of several unknowns on the Eagles defense. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

It is getting to be the time to make predictions, so here are some things for Eagles fans to consider before making February flight reservations for Indianapolis:

1.) They have one player on their offensive line who was a starter at that position in 2010 in left tackle Jason Peters.

2) On defense, they have just four players -- Trent Cole, Mike Patterson, Asante Samuel and Kurt Coleman -- who started for them at their current position last year.

3) Here are some numbers on their three starting linebackers: one rookie, one second-year guy and zero career starts at the position where they will be opening the season.

My bottom line: They're going to be better in November than in September. But schedule is going to be tougher in November and December. That November schedule includes hosting Chicago, Arizona and New England and at the Giants. In December, the Eagles visit Seattle on a Thursday night, Miami and Dallas and host the New York Jets.


The Eagles have released cornerback Jorrick Calvin and brought back cornerback Jamar Wall, who was cut earlier in the week.


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