Jevon Kearse was a signing that would have stolen the headlines in any other off-season.
The quest for an elusive Super Bowl requires reaching one, so let's see how the current Eagles season compares with the last time they reached the big game.
It was (somehow) 13 years ago, and the circumstances were pretty different.
This year, the Eagles were still shopping for cornerbacks the week before the season began.
Both defenses had leadership and versatile stardom coming from the safety position, though Malcolm Jenkins will never be able to eclipse Brian Dawkins legacy in Philadelphia, through no fault of his own.
The 2004 team was supposed to do exactly what it was doing and anything less would have been a regression and disappointment.
This year’s team, for anyone following, is obviously in quite a different situation.
Defenses The 2004 team finished second in the NFL, allowing 16.2 points per game and 319.7 yards per game.
The 2017 Eagles are allowing 17.9 points and 293.2 yards per game. Despite the legendary status of the Jim Johnson secondaries the current team is proving to be better ballhawks, with 16 interceptions through just 12 games. Both teams were adamant about getting after the quarterback.
The 2004 team managed to be a dominant offensive squad while averaging 24.1 points and 351.1 yards per game. Both marks had them in the top 10 in 2004 but would place them much lower in 2017.
The 2017 Eagles lead the NFL with 30.1 points per game to this point, and are third with 385.1 yards.
The Eagles had made the playoffs the four seasons prior, and won the division and lost in the NFC Championship game the previous three.