It’s an exciting time to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan. The team has been on the rise since head coach Chip Kelly strolled into town.
Eagles devotees are aware of how Kelly rejuvenated this franchise and fan base in one season. The Birds now boast the league’s best running back, Lesean McCoy, found their quarterback of the future in Nick Foles, won their division in 2013 (after going 4-12 in 2012), and had the 2nd-best offense behind Peyton Manning’s record-setting Denver Broncos last season.
Without making any big splashes in free agency, the Eagles front office addressed the teams’ weaker areas this off season, such as the defensive secondary and special teams. Although the loss of wide receiver Desean Jackson may be felt (perhaps earlier in the season), the offense should be rife with play-makers to pick up the slack.
On paper the 2014 Eagles schedule looks much more grueling for the Eagles than in 2013. Other than the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 1 and the Tennessee Titans in week 12, the Eagles will face formidable opponents during the remaining 14 games–and with so much parity in the NFL, both Jacksonville and Tennessee may not be walks-in-the-park either. If a healthy Eagles team can reach the playoffs again in 2014, a Super Bowl appearance and/or win would not be out of the question.
From 2000 to 2010 head coach Andy Reid took the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs 8 times. It will be extremely difficult for Chip Kelly to produce 8 playoff appearances in 10 years, but Kelly wins wherever he goes, and hopefully Philadelphia will be a large part of his winning career.