|2011 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Andy Reid|
|General manager||Howie Roseman|
|Home field||Lincoln Financial Field|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||LeSean McCoy, RB
Jason Peters, OT
Jason Babin, DE
The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles season was the 79th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Eagles had high hopes of competing for a Super Bowl, with several notable offseason acquisitions; however, they ultimately failed to make 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, and they 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.
On January 15, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was fired.Defensive line coach Rory Segrest was fired on January 16. Former Tennessee Titans' defensive line coach Jim Washburn was hired to the same position by the Eagles' on January 19. Special teams quality control coach Jeff Nixon was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their running backs coach on January 20. Defensive backs coach and senior assistant Dick Jauron was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their new defensive coordinator on January 21. 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. 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. Quarterback Coach James Urban left to take a job as the Wide Receiver Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.
|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 The tag was rescinded after the lockout, due to new CBA rules.|
|LB||Stewart Bradley||UFA||Arizona Cardinals|
|RB||Eldra Buckley||ERFA||Detroit Lions||Re-signed by the Eagles, released during final cuts.|
|LB||Omar Gaither||UFA||Carolina Panthers|
|RB||Jerome Harrison||UFA||Detroit Lions|
|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|
|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|
|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||on active roster|
|LB||Rashad Jeanty||UFA||None||February 20||released|
|CB||Isaiah Trufant||WVR||New York Jets||February 3||released|
|CB||Nnamdi Asomugha||UFA||Oakland Raiders||July 28||released|
|DE||Jason Babin||UFA||Tennessee Titans||July 30||on active roster|
|RB||Ronnie Brown||UFA||Miami Dolphins||August 2|
|T||Ryan Harris||UFA||Denver Broncos||August 2||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||released|
|QB||Vince Young||UFA||Tennessee Titans||July 28||on active roster|
|3||90||Curtis Marsh||Cornerback||Utah State||-||[dr 1]|
|4||116||Casey Matthews||Linebacker||Oregon||-||[dr 2]|
|5||149||Dion Lewis||Running back||Pittsburgh||-||[dr 3]|
|161||Julian Vandervelde||Guard||Iowa||-||[dr 4]|
|6||191||Jason Kelce||Center||Cincinnati||-||[dr 5][dr 6]|
|193||Brian Rolle||Linebacker||Ohio State||-||[dr 7]|
|7||237||Greg Lloyd, Jr.||Linebacker||Connecticut||-||[dr 8][dr 9]|
|240||Stanley Havili||Fullback||USC||-||[dr 10]|
The Eagles' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.
|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|
On July 29, the Eagles signed quarterback Vince Young, one day after he was released by the Tennessee Titans. That same day, the Eagles also signed former Oakland Raiders' cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year contract.
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. On August 1, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2013 draft selection.
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
|(4)New York Giants||9||7||0||.562||3-3||5-7||394||400||W2|