Philadelphia Eagles: Offense Vs. Defense

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Jul 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wipes his forehead during training camp at the Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Once upon a time, Philadelphia registered as a defensive city, with punishing, shutdown, bruisers playing for some of the greatest defensive-minded coaches in NFL history. Historically, the Philadelphia Eagles’ identity embeds in the tough soil of defense. However, the Eagles’ team of 2013 added to its organization’s history on the other side of the pigskin. Head coach Chip Kelly masterminded a walloping offensive attack, orchestrating a record-breaking season all around.  In just his first year in the NFL, and amid doubts of his commitment and ability to coach at the professional level, Kelly & Co. broke previously held team records such as passing yards, touchdowns, total net yards and points scored, in addition to fewest turnovers. He proved in season one that offense is something he knows a lot about, and he is very good at it. He had a banner coming out year but it’s time to move on.

The defense struggled at times, often early on in the season. Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator Billy Davis was just hired, and the Eagles decided to part ways with some of their staff and players of the 2012 team. With previous head coach, Andy Reid ousted, he left and and took his coaches to Kansas City, Missouri with him. Chip Kelly had to start from the ground up, bringing in his coaches and style of play, and adding pieces to the defense that he let walk away or released. It was not easy for Philadelphia to begin the transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, and it showed. Fortunately, by week 7, Billy Davis’ plan was beginning to come into play. The Eagles held opposing teams to under 21 points on game day seven times, as it was easy to see the comradery, fluidity, communication and trust developing into the perfect ingredient of team chemistry – and it was a beautiful thing. It took months, and a bunch of mistakes but the Philadelphia Eagles found their defensive identity again, after losing it with the lost of the late and invaluably great defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. Now it is time to build on that identity of being a “bend but don’t break” defense that make the other teams earn every touchdown they get.

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  • Alex

    if our defense gets to 49ers/seahawks level then, yes, we would be the top NFC team… until then though I can’t agree with nobody touching us in the NFC or NFL comment. after all, the browns, texans, giants and bills were all top 10 defenses last year.

  • ronnieblowhard

    I think what he meant was paired with Chip Kelly’s offense.

  • Daniel Reed

    Thank you, Ronnie, that is exactly what I meant. Having someone clarify for you is a huge load off, and you should be paid for it! With all these articles, can you imagine the type of living a person can make? I mean, being Donald Sterling’s “professional clarifer” alone can make you a killing! On that note, I may be in the wrong business …

    But, of course, I am just having fun. In all seriousness, sir, I really do appreciate it. Thanks again.

  • Daniel Reed

    Thanks for the comment, Alex! I’ll be the first to admit it: I love my Eagles juice, and drink it by the gallon. For an example, top 10 defense or not, I don’t believe the Browns, Texans, Giants and/or Bills is in the Eagles league. And as wacky it may sound, I think it may not matter too much if the Eagles’ defense is as good as the ’9ers or Seattle because I think the Eagles is already the better team. Granted, I don’t think Philly is much better, but they are my pick to win against both teams this season. We’re not the Broncos, and will put up way more than 8 points. If the Eagles can develop a top 10 defense, I truly feel no team could touch them. Call me crazy but Chip Kelly offense + a top 10 defense = Super Bowl according to my analytically calculations. I appreciate your input!

    (Hmm .. now where I put my darn Eagles cup?)