The saddest time of the year is upon us. The Philadelphia Eagles lost a heartbreaker to the New Orleans Saints 26-24 and we are now forced to watch playoff football with our Eagles not contending.
You can always look at what could have been or the what-ifs but all in all the Birds had a hell of a season. After last seasons woes no one expected the Eagles to get ten wins and make the playoffs (except for some bold Eagles fans).
For a rookie head coach, Chip Kelly exceeded all expectations. The guy brought an unconventional offensive system, college play-calling techniques, and his sports science practices to the NFL and has proved his way of things works, and well. The Eagles have found their coach for the next era of Philly football.
Not only did Philly find a coach, but this season the Eagles found their franchise quarterback in Nick Foles. The second-year quarterback out of Arizona absolutely dominated in the majority of games he played in. Foles ended the season with a 119.2 quarterback rating which was the highest in the league. He proved his worth for the Eagles showing he doesn’t turn the ball over, sometimes to a fault though.
Not only did an Eagle lead the league in passer rating, but rushing yards as well. LeSean McCoy completely dominated the NFL this year with 1,607 yards which gave him a 100.4 rushing yard average per game.
The Birds turned around their defense this season to make it somewhat formidable. Cornerback Brandon Boykin had a standout season and was tied for second in the league for interceptions with 6. The two corners brought in during the offseason, Brandon Fletcher and Cary Williams, both contributed greatly to the defense’s success this year. The Eagles defense placed eighth in the league in points allowed.
It only took Philly two seasons to return to playoff caliber. To turn an organization around in that time is a huge credit to the front office and coaches involved. I am proud of the season the Eagles had and I am extremely optimistic for the future.