It appears the Philadelphia Eagles struck gold hiring Chip Kelly last year as the head coach of the Eagles. After posting a 10-6 record and the number 3 seed in a top-heavy NFC playoff race, the building blocks are in place for improvement in 2014.
Kelly and his unorthodox methods worked well for the Eagles last season and they appear to be sound going forward. The players took to Kelly’s methods and bought into his system as the results showed with an encouraging playoff berth. Once the team reached the playoffs where they faced off against the cream of the NFL crop, the team’s deficiencies started to rear their ugly head.
The defense played to their strengths and the offense seemed to have trouble finding their rhythm. It was hard for Eagles fans to watch as the struggle unfolded, and I for one have yet to get over the pangs of the loss. However, there is no need to dwell on the past—the future in Philadelphia is brighter than an incandescent bulb.
The Eagles have yet to find their savior for the safety position ever since strong safety Brian Dawkins left during free agency in 2008. As a huge Brian Dawkins fan, losing him was a difficult loss. I believe letting him go was one of the biggest hiccups for an otherwise successful organization. Kelly will be able to try again this year during free agency as well as the draft. There are not any “can’t miss” safeties in this year’s draft, but there is talent for a team desperately searching for aid in that department.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams did an admirable job during the 2013 campaign, but improvements can be made for the upcoming season. The Eagles will have an opportunity to draft or sign a corner, which could drastically improve the defensive yield. Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin appears to have the nickel corner spot locked down, but could the Eagles move him outside? Only time will tell. Kelly is a man of many secrets.
On offense, the Eagles ranked second in the league in total offense and had the league’s leader in rushing in running back LeSean McCoy. However, the Eagles have some impending free agents of their own they need to look after. Eagles wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin will be free agents and with Maclin’s talent and the numbers Riley Cooper put up 2013, the Eagles might not be able to afford re-signing both. I would love to see the team to work out deals for both wide receivers because it appears Jason Avant’s time with the organization could be coming to an end.
The Eagles looked primed to improve on winning the NFC East in 2013, but the organization has a big offseason on their hands. If the 2013 season is any indication, the Eagles are poised to bring the noise in 2014.