The 2014 regular season does not begin until 6 months away. As premature it may be in early March, it is always exciting peeking at upcoming opponents. Competition is the only reason any athlete laces their boots, or put on a helmet, glove or protective padding. There is only one number one spot available, and in every sport, the lone goal that matters most to players will forever be to be that one. The future opponents the Philadelphia Eagles face-off against in 2014, not only provide stiff competition but also serve as a stepping-stone to put the entire NFL on notice. Upcoming teams such as the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and reigning champions, the Seattle Seahawks will test the boundary of Philadelphia. And as a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan, I gotta tell ya – I am licking my chops. Those teams immediately jump out at you on paper, and instantly generate swirling feelings right in the gut. I am excited and I am nervous. I am excited to see the competition. I am excited to see just how well Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly prepares his team to attack and counterattack what these teams will throw at him. I am excited to see him succeed.
Now, my nervousness is complete curiousness. Just how legit was the Eagles record-breaking year? It’s been a while since the NFC East was won consecutively. Can the Eagles repeat in year two under Chip Kelly? Will the Seahawks “Peyton Manning” the Eagles offense? Can the Eagles prove that they belong in the discussion of the better teams of the NFC alongside the 9ers and Panthers? How will Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles fare against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck? Again, this is all very premature. A lot can change from now until September. In fact, everything will. With free agency and the draft rapidly approaching, the Eagles will see new players, and come to know new coaches, and schemes. It’s unfortunate but Philadelphia will eventually see a shocking injury.