Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) adjusts the offense during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Building a Balanced Offense

Defense wins championships. Look no further than last year’s Seattle Seahawks for proof of that statement. But defense is only one part of the equation. A good defense stops the other team from putting points on the board, but your offense needs to put some points up in order to win the game. It’s an equation every team attempts to master each season, but only one stands alone at the end as Super Bowl champion. The Eagles used the draft to address defensive needs, but didn’t forget their offense in drafting two wide receivers. When you look at the offense as a whole, it’s clear the Birds’ plan is for a traditional balanced attack, allowing the most versatility and flexibility in attacking each opponent’s defense.

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles broke the mold of what many thought was headcoach Chip Kelly’s desire for a mobile quarterback. Foles spreads the ball around, makes quick and smart decisions with the football, and avoids interceptions. While his running ability isn’t spectacular by any means, he has enough mobility to extend plays when necessary. But that is only one piece of the puzzle. His supporting case continues to improve, giving him even more options for moving the chains and putting the ball in the end zone. If a defense takes away his aerial weapons, he can hand off to Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, or new addition running back Darren Sproles for a change of pace. If a team tries to stuff the run, a competent and diverse wide receiver core, consisting of Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and new draft picks Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews give Foles a couple of solid targets. Even if the defense can find a way to neutralize both of those areas, Philadelphia Eagles tight ends Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, and James Casey rounds out the skill position players.

This season’s offensive success will ultimately rely on the ability of the players to execute Kelly’s scheme. Kelly has shown a willingness to innovate and take chances on the football field, but this season may show a more consistently balanced attack. The days of the long bomb to score points, not to say it won’t ever happen, are over. If the Birds’ defense takes another step forward in their evolution, and can prove key stops in critical games, the offense should be able to take over and put points on the board. Having a variety of options on how to attack a defense gives the Eagles an edge over many other teams. The truly elite teams, ones that the Iggles must beat to climb that mountain, already have some level of versatility. It’s up to Kelly and his players to execute better and more efficiently to achieve success.

 

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