Chip Kelly Has To Throw The Book At The Eagles.
After a 2013 immediate exit from the playoffs, despite being one of the hottest teams entering post-season action, the Eagles could pat themselves on the back and rest on their laurels for beating expectations.
They could, but they won’t. The way the Eagles lost left a bad taste in the mouths of the defensive players. To top this, the off-season departure of wide receiver DeSean Jackson adds an element of uncertainty to the entire Eagles offense. Jackson was not only the Eagles leading receiver, but many attribute his speed and deep threat capability with the reason the entire Eagles offense succeeded, both in the passing game and in the running game led by running back LeSean McCoy.
The defense made remarkable progress in 2013. While starting the season as a group of eleven guys on an NFL field, they ended the season as a cohesive unit. But that progress was quickly forgotten in the playoff loss. Despite the fact that it was Drew Brees and an incredibly potent NFL offense, the game was winnable. A few plays, a few runs, and the ending would have been much different. That thought has been playing in a loop in every defensive player’s mind.
So a new year, and we simply await the team to pick up where it left off? Not exactly.