Eagles Wake-Up Call: Happy Holidays!

As Tim and I spend the day with our families, we wanted to extend another thank you to all the Birds 24/7 readers out there.

The Eagles’ 2012 campaign will end Sunday, but this franchise faces a crucial offseason. Decisions made in the next few months will determine the success of this organization for the next four or five years – at least.

We’ll have it all covered – from coaching staff changes to free agency to the draft.

Since we launched the site in late July, we’ve been overwhelmed by reader response and traffic numbers. So be sure to keep checking back early and often as we bring you complete coverage of the offseason.

And of course, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Nick Foles broke his hand Sunday, and Michael Vick is expected to start Sunday. Tim has details from Andy Reid’s press conference.

The Eagles are risking $3 million if they start Vick vs. the Giants. Here is why.

Vick says he wants to get a win for Reid.

A closer look at Eagles snap counts from Sunday shows LeSean McCoy got a full workload.

Here’s this week’s draft watch. If the season ended today, the Eagles would have the fourth pick.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

SI.com’s Peter King named Foles his Goat of the Week, although this was before Reid revealed that Foles had broken his hand:

On the final drive of the season at Lincoln Financial Field, with the Eagles down 27-20, Foles underthrew a wide-open Jeremy Maclin in the end zone, then was called for intentional grounding on the last play of the game, which was the last play because of the 10-second runoff of the clock on an intentional grounding call. Foles has shown good potential subbing for Mike Vick, and will probably enter the offseason as the Eagles’ 2013 starter, but this last drive robbed the Eagles of a chance to stun the Redskins and affect the NFC East pennant race.

ESPN.com has the Eagles 29th in its power rankings. Writes Dan Graziano:

Not a lot left to say. They’re trying, absolutely. They just aren’t any good. Could they beat the Giants on Sunday? Sure. They almost always do. But they’re going to settle in somewhere around this spot, and they’ve earned it. Sando and I put them 28, John and Jamison at 29 and Ashley at 30.

COMING UP

The Eagles are off today. We’ll be back at it tomorrow. Once again, Happy Holidays!

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