2011 Philadelphia Eagles Season
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2011 Philadelphia Eagles Season

2011 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerHowie Roseman
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Home fieldLincoln Financial Field
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersLeSean McCoy, RB
Jason Peters, OT
Jason Babin, DE

The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League, and the thirteenth under head coach Andy Reid. The Eagles had high hopes of competing for a Super Bowl, with several notable offseason acquisitions; however, they ultimately failed to improve on their 10-6 record from 2010 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. However, they did win their last 4 games, in an attempt to pull out a miracle playoff berth, finishing 8-8, only 1 game behind the divisional winners and eventual Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants. They also swept the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins for the first time since 2006 and 2009, respectively. The Eagles played all their home games at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Personnel changes

On January 15, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was fired.[1]Defensive line coach Rory Segrest was fired on January 16.[2] Former Tennessee Titans' defensive line coach Jim Washburn was hired to the same position by the Eagles' on January 19.[3] Special teams quality control coach Jeff Nixon was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their running backs coach on January 20.[4] Defensive backs coach and senior assistant Dick Jauron was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their new defensive coordinator on January 21.[5] On January 25, linebackers coach Bill Shuey, who served on the Eagles' coaching staff for the past ten seasons, was let go after his contract was not renewed.[6] On February 2, Juan Castillo, who served as the team's offensive line coach since 1998, was named the new defensive coordinator. That same day, Howard Mudd was hired as the new offensive line coach.[7] Quarterback Coach James Urban left to take a job as the Wide Receiver Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Roster changes

Free agents

Position Player Tag 2011 Team Notes and references
K David Akers UFA San Francisco 49ers Given transitional tag prior to the lockout, but Akers did not sign it. The tag was rescinded after the lockout, due to new CBA rules.[8]
LB Stewart Bradley UFA Arizona Cardinals
RB Eldra Buckley ERFA Detroit Lions Re-signed by the Eagles, released during final cuts.
C/G Nick Cole UFA None
LB Omar Gaither UFA Carolina Panthers
S Antoine Harris UFA None
RB Jerome Harrison UFA Detroit Lions
CB Ellis Hobbs UFA N/A Retired
G Max Jean-Gilles UFA None Signed with Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers, but did not play for either team.
LB Akeem Jordan UFA Philadelphia Eagles
DE Bobby McCray UFA None
S Quintin Mikell UFA St. Louis Rams
CB Dimitri Patterson UFA Cleveland Browns
P Sav Rocca UFA Washington Redskins
LB Ernie Sims UFA Indianapolis Colts
QB Michael Vick UFA Philadelphia Eagles signed franchise tender March 2[9]
G Reggie Wells UFA Carolina Panthers Re-signed with Eagles, but released during final cuts.
Player re-signed by the Eagles


Position Player Tag 2010 Team Date signed Notes and references
DE/LB Phillip Hunt UFA Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) February 11[10] on active roster
LB Rashad Jeanty UFA None February 20[11] released
CB Isaiah Trufant WVR New York Jets February 3[12] released
CB Nnamdi Asomugha UFA Oakland Raiders July 28[13] released
DE Jason Babin UFA Tennessee Titans July 30 on active roster
RB Ronnie Brown UFA Miami Dolphins August 2[14]
T Ryan Harris UFA Denver Broncos August 2[14] released
DT Cullen Jenkins UFA Green Bay Packers July 30 on active roster
TE Donald Lee UFA Green Bay Packers July 30 released
G Evan Mathis UFA Cincinnati Bengals July 31 on active roster
S Jarrad Page UFA New England Patriots August 2[14] released
QB Vince Young UFA Tennessee Titans July 28[15] on active roster

2011 draft

Player selections

Draft notes

Jason Babin with the Eagles defense in week 6, October 16
  1. ^ The team traded its third round pick (85th overall) to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a third round selection (90th overall) and a sixth round selection (191st overall).
  2. ^ The team acquired a fourth-round selection (104th overall) as part of an April 2010 trade that sent QB Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins. It was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for this fourth round selection and a fourth round selection in 2012.
  3. ^ The team acquired this fifth-round selection as part of a trade that sent a 2010 fifth-round selection to the San Diego Chargers.
  4. ^ The team traded its 2011 fifth-round selection (153rd overall) along with a 2011 seventh-round selection (227th overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for this fifth-round selection and a 2011 sixth-round selection (194th overall).
  5. ^ The team traded its original sixth-round selection (#186 overall) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2010 seventh-round selection (#220 overall; used to select LB Jamar Chaney) The team acquired an additional sixth-round selection (#184 overall) in a March 2010 trade that sent WR Reggie Brown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but later traded this selection to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for G Reggie Wells in September 2010.
  6. ^ See draft note 1.
  7. ^ The team traded its sixth-round selection (194th overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for this sixth-round selection.
  8. ^ The team traded its original seventh-round selection (#225 overall) to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for DE Antwan Barnes. The team acquired a new seventh-round selection (#227 overall) in a trade that sent G Stacy Andrews to the Seattle Seahawks. This seventh-round selection was traded to the Jets (see draft note 4).
  9. ^ Compensatory draft pick.
  10. ^ Compensatory draft pick.



The Eagles' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 August 11 7:30 pm EDT Baltimore Ravens W 13-6 1-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
2 August 18 8:00 pm EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14-24 1-1 Heinz Field Recap
3 August 25 7:30 pm EDT Cleveland Browns W 24-14 2-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 September 1 7:30 pm EDT at New York Jets W 24-14 3-1 MetLife Stadium Recap

Roster changes


On July 29, the Eagles signed quarterback Vince Young, one day after he was released by the Tennessee Titans.[16] That same day, the Eagles also signed former Oakland Raiders' cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year contract.[17]


On July 28, quarterback Kevin Kolb was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round draft selection.[18] On August 1, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2013 draft selection.[19]

Regular season


Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 September 11 1:00 pm EDT at St. Louis Rams W 31-13 1-0 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
2 September 18 8:20 pm EDT at Atlanta Falcons L 31-35 1-1 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
3 September 25 1:00 pm EDT New York Giants L 16-29 1-2 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
4 October 2 1:00 pm EDT San Francisco 49ers L 23-24 1-3 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
5 October 9 1:00 pm EDT at Buffalo Bills L 24-31 1-4 Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 16 1:00 pm EDT at Washington Redskins W 20-13 2-4 FedExField Fox Recap
7 Bye
8 October 30 8:20 pm EDT Dallas Cowboys W 34-7 3-4 Lincoln Financial Field NBC Recap
9 November 7 8:30 pm EST Chicago Bears L 24-30 3-5 Lincoln Financial Field ESPN Recap
10 November 13 1:00 pm EST Arizona Cardinals L 17-21 3-6 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
11 November 20 8:20 pm EST at New York Giants W 17-10 4-6 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
12 November 27 4:15 pm EST New England Patriots L 20-38 4-7 Lincoln Financial Field CBS Recap
13 December 1 8:20 pm EST at Seattle Seahawks L 14-31 4-8 CenturyLink Field NFLN Recap
14 December 11 1:00 pm EST at Miami Dolphins W 26-10 5-8 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 18 4:15 pm EST New York Jets W 45-19 6-8 Lincoln Financial Field CBS Recap
16 December 24 4:15 pm EST at Dallas Cowboys W 20-7 7-8 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
17 January 1 1:00 pm EST Washington Redskins W 34-10 8-8 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: at St. Louis Rams

Week 2: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 3: vs. New York Giants

Week 4: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 5: at Buffalo Bills

Week 6: at Washington Redskins

Week 8: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 9: vs. Chicago Bears

Coming off their divisional win over the Cowboys, the Eagles stayed at home for a Week 9 Monday night duel with the Chicago Bears. Philadelphia trailed early in the first quarter as Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matt Spaeth. Chicago would add onto their lead in the second quarter as kicker Robbie Gould booted a 51-yard field goal. The Eagles answered with a 47-yard field goal from rookie kicker Alex Henery. followed by rookie linebacker Brian Rolle returning a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown, but the Bears would close out the half with running back Marion Barber getting a 2-yard touchdown run.

Philadelphia took the lead the third quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run from running back Ronnie Brown, followed by a 33-yard touchdown run from running back LeSean McCoy. Chicago replied with Gould making a 38-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Bears retook the lead with Cutler completing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Earl Bennett, followed by Gould getting a 22-yard field goal. The Eagles tried to rally, including an unsuccessful fake punt by Chas Henry, but Chicago's defense held on to preserve the win.

With the loss, Philadelphia fell to 3-5.

Week 10: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: at New York Giants

Week 12: vs. New England Patriots

The Eagles lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 38-20. Despite having a 7-0 lead to start the game, they were outscored by New England 38-13 to finish the game. During the third quarter, Eagles fans were heard booing on multiple occasions and chanting "Fire Andy" at one point. With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 4-7. They also fell to 1-5 at home and, dating back to Week 16 of 2010, the Eagles have lost 8 of their last 9 home games.

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 14: at Miami Dolphins

Week 15: vs. New York Jets

Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys

With the win the Eagles improved to 7-8, and swept the season series of the Cowboys for the first time since 2006. However, they were eliminated from playoff contention thanks to the Giants' 29-14 victory over the Jets.

Week 17: vs. Washington Redskins

With the win not only did the Eagles finished 8-8, but closed out the regular season winning the last 4 games (won last 3 games in 2007), while also sweeping the Redskins for the first time since 2009.


NFC East
(4)New York Giants 9 7 0 .562 3-3 5-7 394 400 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 5-1 6-6 396 328 W4
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 2-4 6-6 372 347 L2
Washington Redskins 5 11 0 .313 2-4 5-7 288 367 L2


Final roster

Notes and references

  1. ^ Wulf, Bo (January 15, 2011). "McDermott Relieved Of Duties As D. Coordinator". philadelphiaeagles.com. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Eagles' defensive line coach out, too". philly.com. January 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ McLane, Jeff (January 19, 2011). "Eagles hire Washburn". philly.com. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ McLane, Jeff (January 20, 2011). "Eagles reportedly plan to talk to Saints' Allen about defensive coordinator job". philly.com. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Withers, Tom (January 21, 2011). "Browns name Dick Jauron defensive coordinator". philly.com. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ McLane, Jeff (January 25, 2011). "Eagles let LB coach Shuey go". philly.com. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Eagles introduce Juan Castillo". philly.com. February 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Michael David Smith (July 25, 2011). "Eagles rescind David Akers' transition tag". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Vick signs Eagles' one-year franchise tender". csnphilly.com. March 2, 2011. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ Tamari, Jonathan (February 11, 2011). "Eagles sign CFL pass rusher". philly.com. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Wulf, Bo (February 20, 2011). "Eagles Sign LB Rashad Jeanty". philadelphiaeagles.com. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Wulf, Bo (February 3, 2011). "Report: Eagles Claim CB I. Trufant". philadelphiaeagles.com. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Fox, Ashley (July 28, 2011). "Report: Eagles clearly intend to win now". ESPN. Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ a b c Tamari, Jonathan (August 2, 2011). "Eagles sign RB Ronnie Brown, RT Ryan Harris, S Jarrad Page". philly.com. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ Wulf, Bo (July 28, 2011). "Eagles Agree To Terms With QB Young". philadelphiaeagles.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ Breer, Albert (July 29, 2011). "Second chance: Ex-Titans QB Young, Eagles agree to deal". NFL. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ "Eagles Corner Market: Nnamdi Joins Crowd". philly.com. July 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  18. ^ "Kolb-for-Rodgers-Cromartie trade done". philly.com. July 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  19. ^ Domowitch, Paul (August 1, 2011). "Bunkley Now Is Going To. . . . Denver". philly.com. Retrieved 2011.

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