This season what differentiated the Philadelphia Eagles from the other teams who pushed deep into the playoffs? I believe it came down to three primary reasons.
The first and most prominent reason why the Birds didn’t have the best chance this season was because it was head coach Chip Kelly’s first season in the NFL. With a full season under his belt and new-found knowledge of the game Chip is poised to have a big season next year. It’s also a full off-season in which he can implement more of his patented sports science techniques for the team.
Another reason why the Eagles will be better off next season is because there will be no state of flux at the Quarterback position. Last season quarterback Mike Vick started the season and we all know how that went (he got injured…shocker). The at-the-time back-up quarterback Nick Foles had to step into the leading role and handled it exceptionally. This year Foles will have a full off-season as the Eagles starting quarterback and now knows what life is like in the NFL as a starting quarterback. I believe he has a better season next year than he did this year as hard as that is to believe.
With the draft and free agency approaching the Eagles will look to improve their defense one way or another. However way they choose to do so, those players along with the starters from last season have an off-season to grow as a unit and become unified. If the Birds could have half the spirit that the Seattle Seahawk defense had this season the Eagles will be a dominant force in the NFL.