Eagles-Colts 4 Years Ago: A Look Back

On November 7, 2010, a surging Eagles team defeated the Colts 26-24, their first win over the AFC franchise in 17 years. A whole lot has changed for the Birds since that game.

Peyton Manning's old nemesis Asante Samuel provided the finishing blow, his second of two picks on the afternoon, to preserve a 26-24 win over the Colts.

The Eagles improved to 5-3 with the win, and would begin their run toward their last division title under Andy Reid. As impressive as this win was, the crusher over Donovan McNabb's Redskins was still a week away, and the "New Miracle" wouldn't occur for another month.

It was very much an improbable year for the Eagles, with a lot of anomalies in hindsight. For nostalgia sake, I looked back at the roster, and made the realization that, four years later, only ten Eagles from that team remain on today's roster.

Count em off: LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, Jason Peters, Todd Herremans, Trent Cole, Nate Allen, Riley Cooper, Jon Dorenbos, and Brandon Graham.

The fact that only three of them are defensive players shows how much Chip Kelly has overhauled that side of the ball, and just what a colossal failure the "Dream Team" signings really were. This was four years ago? Really?

The first seven names I listed had started in that win over the Colts. For the sake of a trip down Memory Lane, let's examine the starting line-up from that game, and see just how things shook out for those Birds.

QUARTERBACK: Michael Vick

Best season of his career, came damn close to netting MVP honors for his self-rejuvenation, but settled for Comeback Player of the Year instead. Vick sputtered through the next three seasons with the Eagles, battling injuries and inconsistency, before Nick Foles wrested the job for good. Vick now backs up Geno Smith, who could certainly flame out like Kevin Kolb did, but it's unlikely that Vick has another 2010 in him.

RUNNING BACK: LeSean McCoy

His first season as RB1 netted 1080 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns. Today, he's within 1000 yards from becoming the Eagles all-time leading rusher, with Wilbert Montgomery, Brian Westbrook, and Steve Van Buren set to fall before him.

FULLBACK: Owen Schmitt

A full-what now? Kelly eliminated this position, which had since been bequeathed to Stanley Havili, now a Colt. Schmitt himself was a fill-in for Leonard Weaver, who sadly suffered a career-ending injury opening day, following a brilliant 2009. Schmitt had a mere seven total touches that season.

WIDE RECEIVERS: DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin

We all know the story. Maclin remains the man in Philly, while Jackson had himself a controversial exit this past March, with talk of gang ties and poor teamwork habits. Whatever the case, Jackson crosses paths with the Eagles once more September 21.

TIGHT END: Brent Celek

Another survivor, Celek remains a workhorse in Kelly's offense. Case in point: his long touchdown in the 'Miracle' game was the catalyst for the improbable comeback. His chin-straps seemed stronger back then, though.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Jason Peters, Todd Herremans, Mike McGlynn, Max Jean-Gilles, and Winston Justice

Peters remains the pillar of the left, while Herremans migrated right in 2011 to accommodate Evan Mathis, and also to fill weakness (read: Canadian firefighter) on Vick's blind side. As for the others, McGlynn has since joined Reid in Kansas City, Jean-Gilles washed out of the NFL after 2010, and Justice (memorably benched in the playoff game with the Packers) was cut by the Broncos this offseason.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Juqua Thomas, Mike Patterson, Antonio Dixon, Trent Cole

Cole is obviously the lone survivor of this group, finding his niche pass-rushing from wherever Bill Davis sticks him in the 3-4. An aging Thomas, once a quality pass-rusher for the Eagles, played his last season in 2012 with the Browns. Patterson remains a Giant with fellow Dream Teamers Cullen Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (there's a message in there....) while Dixon ended his career after 2012 as well, albeit with these very Colts.

LINEBACKERS: Ernie Sims, Stewart Bradley, Moise Fokou

It'd be a few years yet before the hyper-aggressive Mychal Kendricks, time-piece consistent DeMeco Ryans, and hybrid abilities of Connor Barwin would save the day. Bradley was unfortunately derailed by injuries (he noticeably collapsed with a concussion in Week 1), while Sims was a major disappointment, most recently released by the Cardinals. Fokou himself was just recently cast off by the Titans. The fact that Jacob Tamme had 108 receiving yards in this game doesn't speak well for the linebacking corps (though Sims did sack Manning).

SECONDARY: Asante Samuel, Dimitri Patterson, Nate Allen, Quintin Mikell

If you said in 2012 that Allen would be last active player among the group, in the NFL at large, I'd have laughed. At the time, Allen was a promising rookie who ended the season on IR, and then played hideously in 2011-12 before finding his groove in the Kelly administration. Mikell is all but retired, Samuel's been a free agent since the Falcons released him in February, and Patterson was recently cut by the Jets following a strange incident where he simply went AWOL for several days.

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