2014 Philadelphia Eagles: Kelly’s Heroes
A year ago at this time of year, everyone was eager to glean every bit of information about the new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Fans staving for information from the former head of the Oregon Ducks, chased stories which speculated about the shape of the Philadelphia Eagles offense. It wasn’t simply an appetite fueled by a very forgettable 2012 season, but it had an element of sound down-to-earth style of football which the fans of Philadelphia were eager to see. And so, as the Eagles aligned their 2013 team with a pair of tight ends, mobile and athletic offensive and defensive tackles, a college quarterback who had lost some luster, and defensive backs with great upside. From that, sports analysts began converting clues of what might be into the narratives of sports stories to feed the voracious appetites of a fan-base eager to hear stories of better times, better logic, better play.
The 2013 Philadelphia Eagles delivered that, all of that, and more.
Fast forward to the present, and we are eager once more to hear what this team is all about. Is it one more rung up the ladder of success, or is it the one and done syndrome which seems to plague so many teams in recent years? Would the team see what fans saw or would the off-season moves simply cause an outbreak of head scratching?
It was clear that the 2014 Eagles team would need to add 3-4 talent to it’s defense, and it did. Boosting the depth at shallow outside linebacker, defensive backfield and defensive line, and layering in a pair of wide receivers, the team addressed the areas needed from the 2013 season. When the final roster was set, it was clear that the team had a vision in place. You can check out the Eagles final 53 write up here: http://insidetheiggles.com/2014/08/30/philadelphia-eagles-final-53-roster/