Entering the 2014 season, the Philadelphia Eagles are poised to have another outstanding year in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense. Running back LeSean McCoy lead the NFL in rushing last year, quarterback Nick Foles entered Canton with his splendid debut as a permanent starter, and the team set a new franchise record in points scored. The NFL offseason is typically filled with high spirits and optimism for most teams and this Philadelphia Eagles squad is no different. As mandatory OTA’s begin this week, let’s take a look at which Philadelphia Eagles player could potentially win team offensive MVP.
LeSean McCoy posted franchise record numbers in both rushing yards (1,607) and yards from scrimmage (2,146) in 2013. He was spectacular at making defenders miss in the open field as he trailed only Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch garnering 51 missed tackles vs Lynch’s 59. He routinely made defenders look foolish as he got to the second level of defenses and outjuked linebackers and safeties regularly. Against the Detroit Lions on a snowy December Sunday, McCoy had a career game as he amassed 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was equally impressive last year catching quick screens and dump offs from Nick Foles. Of McCoy’s 52 receptions last year, 25 of them went for either first downs or touchdowns. No matter how you slice it, LeSean McCoy enters 2014 with a lot of promise.
After taking over the reigns from former Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in Week 9, Nick Foles took a 3-5 team and posted a 7-1 record in the second half of their season. He exploded onto the scene airing out a historic seven touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders and never looked back. Now Foles enters this season as the unquestioned starter while getting some consistency under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Foles posted an exceptional 119.2 Quarterback Rating in Shurmer’s offense, good for third best all-time in NFL history. Foles has yet to start for the entire season but if last year is any indication of what’s to come, Philadelphia may have a great quarterback on their hands. With several Pro Bowl offensive linemen infront of him, Foles has a great opportunity to repeat his early success as his development improves in his third NFL season.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin finally has the chance to play under Chip Kelly after sitting out all of 2013 recovering from an ACL tear suffered last July. Maclin recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “I’ve been getting better each and every day, and I’m really happy with my progress.” The former first round pick from 2009 has yet to crack the 1,000 yard mark, but has a great opportunity to this year as he’s thrust into the #1 wide receiver role. While Kelly’s offense showcases multiple wide recievers, tight ends, and running backs, Maclin’s track record stands out amongst his piers as a dependable receiver with a playmaking ability. Of the 15 games Maclin played in 2012, he had 9 games where he had receptions of over 20 yards. Maclin has also shone brightly in the postseason averaging over 20 yards/reception. A healthy Maclin can be a dangerous Maclin as Kelly will find ways to move him all over the formation. Maclin could be this year’s x-factor as he enters the season with the potential to help lead the Eagles back to the postseason for the second year in a row.
Who do you think will be the offensive MVP for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014?