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Eagles Returning The Most Starters For 2012 (For Now)

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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles watches from the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles watches from the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The guys over at Draftmetrics did a study on the teams who will be returning or have acquired the most players who started games in 2012. The Eagles, pending as Asante Samuel deal, will be returning the most starters of any team in the league next season.

1. Eagles 330 out of 352 games started
2. Lions 323
Jaguars 323
4. Falcons 320
5. 49ers 319
Bears 319

The obvious caveats are that Asante Samuel, who made 14 starts, probably won't be back and Jason Peters, who also made 14 starts, will technically be back but won't actually play next season. So while the amount of consistency is a bit overstated here, there's no doubt that consistency was the major theme of free agency for the Eagles this year.

The question this does beg though, is how important is consistency? After all, these starters did go 8-8 last year... Then again, you could argue that a reason for that 8-8 season was the decided lack of consistency in terms of personnel coming in to last season.