Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view during the national anthem before 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As Eagles Fans: In Chip We Trust

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) catches a touchdown pass during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the season is now over. The Philadelphia Eagles gave us a good run and a lot to talk about this off-season. I am not going to start off saying hey, at least the future is bright. (I’ll bring that up later.)

It kind of feels like the morning after prom when your girlfriend dumped you. I know that sounds silly but there is an emptiness that leaves you just a little sad. Reflecting back on the game I can’t help but keep going over certain plays that could have changed the outcome of the game. (Some of those thoughts will be posted later today.) I never believe in the “The Team of Destiny” jargon that is out there. Not in the NFL. When you get to the playoffs there might be a bit of luck here and there but hard work and skill is what will carry you on.

The Eagles have both skill and they have worked hard. But there were limitations in certain areas. Let’s be honest with ourselves, they overachieved this year. In what started out as an abysmal season they hit their stride and really amazed and impressed us. But, in the NFL at such a high level you have to have the best of the best in certain positions to carry you through.

Now I leave you with the good stuff. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly inherited this team. Yes, he played a part in the draft but he was not aware of what he had in the team. He didn’t know the personnel he had or how they interacted with one another. Or how they performed on the field. Now he knows what he has in personnel and what he needs to shore up the holes in the team. So next year at this time we will be making plans to watch Philadelphia in the Divisional round, NFC Championship and quite possibly the Super Bowl.

Coach Kelly took a team that was a mess from last year and made them a contender. Imagine how far he will go once he completes this season’s Free Agency period and NFL Draft.

In Chip We Trust.

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