All-Decade Team (2010-2019): Philadelphia Eagles
Through the years 2010-2019, the Eagles finished with a combined record of 87-73 (54.4%). The Birds appeared in the post-season five times within the ten-year span (2010, 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019). The Eagles built a 4-3 postseason record (57.1%) and beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Superbowl LII. Within the decade, the Eagles had 21 Pro Bowlers and 9 1st Team All-Pro selections. The Eagles came out atop the NFC East four times in years 2010, 2013, 2017, and 2019. Lastly, over the decade the Eagles had a total of two Top 10 Draft picks, which with they selected Lane Johnson (2013 4th Overall Pick) and Carson Wentz (2016 2nd Overall Pick). This all-decade team was a tough one to make, but it is completely stacked.
Below are my selections for the Philadelphia Eagles All-Decade Team (2010-2019):
Offense of the Decade:
Quarterback – Nick Foles
Foles played primarily as a backup during his second stint in Philadelphia, but he did something no Eagles QB has done before him. Nick Foles led the Eagles to a World Championship and was the Super Bowl LII MVP. He will always be remembered in the City of Brotherly Love and brought the city its first-ever Super Bowl. Also, Foles was tabbed a Pro Bowler in 2013 when he led the Eagles to a 10-6 record.
Running Back – LeSean McCoy
In 2009 the Eagles drafted McCoy and his electrifying playstyle suited them well. He had big shoes to fill after Philly legend Brian Westbrook had retired. LeSean blew through expectations and solidified himself as the best Eagles running back of the decade. He garnered Pro Bowl nominations in years 2011, 2013, and 2014, while being named a 1st Team All-Pro in 2011 and 2013.
Wide Receiver – Desean Jackson
Within the decade, Desean Jackson has put together two 1,000+ yard receiving seasons for the Eagles. He also is remembered for his heroic walk-off punt return as time expired against the Giants in 2010, which is now dubbed, “The Miracle at the New Meadowlands”. Luckily the Eagles were able to bring DJAX back to Philadelphia for the 2019 season; however, Jackson has been plagued by injury. Desean was named a Pro Bowler twice in 2010 and 2013.
Tight End – Zach Ertz
Zach Ertz has been an Eagle his whole career after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Not only is Ertz the best Eagles Tight End of the decade, but he is also the best Tight End in Eagles history. In 2018 Ertz broke the NFL record for catches by a Tight End in one season with 116 receptions. Ertz has been a Pro Bowler every year since 2017 and continues to dominate in all aspects of his position.
Offensive Tackle – Jason Peters
Not many offensive linemen have been around the league as long as Jason Peters. Peters has been an Eagle since 2009 when Buffalo traded him to Philadelphia. Peters made an immediate impact and has been the Eagles blindside protector ever since. He was a Pro Bowler selection six times in this decade; Peters was a 1st Team All-Pro tackle in years 2011 and 2013 too. He has battled injury almost every year but still manages to contribute in one way or another.
Offensive Guard – Evan Mathis
Mathis was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft by the Panthers. He found himself in Philadelphia mid-way through his career in 2011 when the Eagles signed him to a 1-year deal. During his stint in Philly Mathis played exceptionally. He was rated the best Guard in the NFL for 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons by Pro Football Focus. Mathis was voted 1st Team All-Pro in 2013 and was also the inaugural Bruce Matthews Award winner for the NFL’s best offensive lineman.
Center – Jason Kelce
Jason Kelce was drafted by the Birds in 2011 in the 6th round. He has proved to be one of the best late-round sections in the organization’s history. He graduated from Cincinnati and when drafted, made an immediate impact for the Birds. Kelce played a massive role in the 2017 Superbowl run, and his famous rant at the Superbowl parade will never be forgotten. As for his play, Kelce was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014, 2016, and 2019; Kelce was also tabbed 1st Team All-Pro in 2017 and 2018.
Defense of the Decade:
Defensive Lineman – Fletcher Cox
Cox has been a staple of the Eagles defense for the past decade after being drafted in 2012. Fletcher Cox was the first interior defensive lineman drafted in the first round by the Eagles. Cox has been able to solidify the front 7 no matter the surrounding personnel. He has made the Pro Bowl every year since 2015 and was named 1st Team All-Pro in 2015.
Defensive Lineman – Brandon Graham
Alongside Cox, Brandon Graham has been a familiar face on defense for the Birds. Graham is statistically undersized, but he has one of the highest motors on the field every week. Graham was drafted by the Eagles in 2010 and has been in Philadelphia ever since. Brandon’s most famous play was when he forced a fumble from Tom Brady late in Superbowl LII to ensure an Eagles’ Championship. He has gone underappreciated by the league and has yet to be named a Pro-Bowler or 1st Team All-Pro.
Defensive Lineman – Bennie Logan
The Eagles drafted Bennie Logan in 2013, and he spent 4 seasons in Philadelphia. Logan’s ability to stop the run allowed the Eagles secondary to excel during his tenure. In 2014 Logan finished 2nd in the NFL with run stuffs, and in 2015 he continued his success. He primarily played Nose Tackle for the Birds, and unfortunately, Andy Reid and the Chiefs signed Logan the year before the Superbowl victory. Logan has yet to be named All-Pro nor a Pro-Bowler and is currently playing for the Titans.
Inside Linebacker – Mychal Kendricks
Kendricks was drafted by the Birds in the 2nd round in 2012. Few Eagles Linebackers had the success that Mychal had in his stint, and he gave Philly fans reassurance that talented Linebackers exist. Kendricks was known for his physicality and showed up week after week with a chip on his shoulder. Mychal played a massive role during the Superbowl run, and he had 9 tackles in the game. Kendricks then requested a trade after the season and he was dealt to the Cleveland Browns. He then ran into legal trouble and eventually landed in Seattle.
Outside Linebacker – Connor Barwin
Barwin was drafted by the Texans in 2009 and came to Philadelphia after the 2012 season. He spent 4 seasons as an Eagle and was known as the glue of the defense. Barwin did not miss one game when an Eagle which speaks volumes to his tenacity. In 2014 Barwin had 14.5 sacks lofting him in the top 4 in sacks in the NFL. That year he was a Pro-Bowler but has never been named to the 1st All-Pro team. After Philly Barwin ended up in L.A. with the Rams, then with the Giants the following year.
Cornerback – Asante Samuel
Asante Samuel was drafted by the Patriots in 2003 and became an Eagle in 2008. He was by far the most talented Eagles’ Corner in the decade. Samuel was named a Pro-Bowler in 2010 and had many accolades in the early 2000s. Samuel still holds the record for Interceptions returned for Touchdowns in the post-season. Asante is also the 2nd in Eagles history with 9 interceptions in a season. He left Philly and continued his career for one more season in Atlanta before retiring. The Eagles could use him to this day.
Safety – Malcolm Jenkins
Jenkins was drafted by the Saints in 2009 before becoming an Eagle in 2014. He has won two Superbowls and is the only current Eagle to do so. Malcolm has been a key to success since he has come to Philly and is a locker-room favorite. Jenkins was a Pro-Bowler in years 2015, 2107, and 2018 and he continues to bring together a younger Eagles defense.
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