Andy Reid Optimistic About 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Michael Vick (7) of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Andy Reid before the start of the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

One of the questions Andy Reid fielded yesterday was whether he thought he tried to implement too many changes last season given the total lack of an offseason. He more or less that wasn't an excuse and kind of danced around it, but he did say that he expects many of those changes made prior to this season to pay dividends next year.

I'm very optimistic going forward and I feel very good going into next year. I know there's a lot of hard work and I know there are things we have to correct; the positives are that we have some young players in here that got better and showed what kind of football they can play. [QB] Michael Vick gets his first offseason with us since he's been here as a starter, which is an awesome thing. [Offensive line coach] Howard Mudd's coming back here the offensive line coach and that was an unknown going into this. We weren't sure exactly how many years we would have him, so that's a plus; we'll be able to keep continuity up front. We have some good, young players up there that improved. And we're going to attack free agency and the draft aggressively like we have in the past. I know Joe made a couple of statements about the pool of players out there is tremendous. And so [general manager] Howie [Roseman] and I are going through and we're evaluating those guys and making sure that we get those guys down and we know them like the back of our hand, and then be selective there, be selective about who we bring on to this football team. And then, we have a ton of draft picks that Howie's accumulated over the last couple of years so we can go in aggressively with that. And so there's some opportunities. Does that mean I'm happy about the 8-8? No. I'm not happy about it, but I'm not going to sit here and cry about it either. I'm going to go forward and attack that issue and get better for next year."

So... do you share Andy's optimism? Is this just more "fool's gold?"

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