Before we get to the roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles, make sure you check out Ashley Fox's story on David Akers. Great insight into what was on his mind during that playoff game against the Packers.
Now on to the links:
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper re-grades every team's draft from 2010. Initially, he gave the Birds a B-plus, but after the season, he upgraded that to an A-minus:
The Eagles drafted guys they felt could help right away, and it showed, because it seems like nearly every guy they picked started in some capacity. Highlighting that is the good season turned in by safety Nate Allen, a guy picked with the pick that Philly nabbed in the Donovan McNabb deal. (Allen got hurt, but he'll be back.) Riley Cooper was a surprise, Mike Kafka looks like a good bet to be a second-stringer soon and Brandon Graham will keep getting better when he's healthy. Another late steal was Kurt Coleman, who saw a lot of time at safety.
SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles ninth in his Fine Fifteen:
Kevin Kolb's not getting traded, folks.
Four Eagles got mentions on Doug Farrar's All-Intangibles team on Yahoo Sports.
Michael Vick had the second-highest completion percentage (41 percent) on 3rd-and-8 or longer, behind Ben Roethlisberger.
DeSean Jackson led the NFL, averaging 7.3 yards after the catch:
No surprise here – the more you saw that dangerous Michael Vick-to-DeSean Jackson combination through the season, the more you knew that if Vick hit Jackson with any kind of screen pass, Jackson could easily blast through any defense for a long gainer.
Trent Cole finished second in the league in total defeats, defined as "the total number of plays by a defensive player that prevents the offense from gaining first-down yardage on third or fourth down, stops the offense behind the line of scrimmage or results in a turnover." Cole had 26 defeats, second to only Justin Tuck. Jason Babin finished third.
And Quintin Mikell finished third among safeties with nine run defeats.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post says the Eagles could be one of four teams to be interested in Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss after the Super Bowl:
One of the reasons four teams have yet to name their defensive coordinator is the Packers still are playing. After the Super Bowl, expect for Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss to become a hot commodity. He has experience working in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 and could run either scheme. He also did an outstanding job with the Packers’ linebackers this year. Moss has been a candidate for head coaching positions before, having interviewed with the Rams and Raiders. He could be pursued by the Eagles, Raiders and Cardinals.
USA Today has LeSean McCoy and Antonio Dixon on its All-Joe Team:
A Brian Westbrook clone? McCoy led all backs with 78 catches to go with his first 1,000-yard rushing season.
He's come a long way since shuttling between homeless shelters as a kid. Thrust into the lineup in Week 5, Philadelphia gave up nearly 50 fewer rushing yards per game once he became a starter.
USA Today also names Vick the Eagles' MVP:
He's better than ever, thanks to a renewed dedication to the game after his two-season absence followed a dogfighting conviction in 2007. Vick earned serious league-wide MVP consideration after his prodigious talent and newly revealed leadership launched the Eagles to an NFC East championship. Despite missing four games, he established career bests in passing yards (3,018), touchdown passes (21), completion percentage (62.6%), passer rating (100.2) and TD runs (nine). Not bad for a guy who began the year as Kevin Kolb's backup.
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