The Eagles won 11 games in 2009 and reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season. They were just one regular season win shy of a division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
But instead of returning what would have been a good team for the 2010 season, the Eagles reloaded by adding a blend of young, explosive players and hungry, battle-tested veterans. And when the Eagles take the field to open the 2010 season against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at 4:15 PM, the starting lineup will look vastly different than the one that opened the 2009 campaign with a 38-10 drubbing of the Carolina Panthers in their own stadium.
Here is a look at the Week 1 starting lineup from 2009 and the projected starting lineup for this Sunday's game. As much as general manager Howie Roseman tweaked the offensive line at the roster cutdown deadline by acquiring Reggie Wells and trading Stacy Andrews, that's where the most continuity remains. And that's a good thing. There's also a new quarterback and running back on offense, obviously.
The defensive line remains largely intact with rookie Brandon Graham the only change in terms of starters. The linebacker corps is a different story altogether. Stewart Bradley would have been the opening day starter at middle linebacker last season if not for his knee injury. Akeem Jordan was a starter, but at the other outside linebacker spot. Ernie Sims was trying to win a game with the Lions last season.
Ellis Hobbs didn't start last season, but was rotated in during last year's season opener as an outside cornerback. For the second straight season, the Eagles start a rookie at free safety in Nate Allen. There is much optimism from players and coaches that he will be able to stabilize the position.
|Week 1 - 2009||week 1 - 2010 (Projected)|
|QB Donovan McNabb||QB Kevin Kolb|
|RB Brian Westbrook||RB LeSean McCoy|
|FB Leonard Weaver||FB Leonard Weaver|
|WR Kevin Curtis||WR Jeremy Maclin|
|LT Jason Peters||LT Jason Peters|
|LG Nick Cole||LG Todd Herremans|
|C Jamaal Jackson||C Jamaal Jackson|
|RG Stacy Andrews||RG Nick Cole|
|RT Winston Justice||RT Winston Justice|
|TE Brent Celek||TE Brent Celek|
|WR DeSean Jackson||WR DeSean Jackson|
|WEEK 1 - 2009||week 1 - 2010 (projected)|
|LDE Victor Abiamiri||LDE Brandon Graham|
|LDT Mike Patterson||LDT Mike Patterson|
|RDT Brodrick Bunkley||RDT Brodrick Bunkley|
|RDE Trent Cole||RDE Trent Cole|
|WILL Akeem Jordan||WILL Ernie Sims|
|MIKE Omar Gaither||MIKE Stewart Bradley|
|SAM Chris Gocong||SAM Akeem Jordan|
|LCB Asante Samuel||LCB Asante Samuel|
|RCB Sheldon Brown||RCB Ellis Hobbs|
|SS Quintin Mikell||SS Quintin Mikell|
|FS Macho Harris||FS Nate Allen|
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:45 p.m., September 6