Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Season Preview and Predictions
It’s the start of the 2014 NFL season, so it’s time for us to take stock and consider our Eagles 2014 season preview. The 2014 Philadelphia Eagles will not catch anyone by surprise this season. As defending NFC East Division Winners in a division that seldom sees repeat champions (the last team to win the division in consecutive years was the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003 and 2004), the Eagles are a marked team. As all teams who find success, the Eagles will play one of the toughest schedules this year. As all teams who find success, the Eagles drafted conservatively, selecting role and niche players who can grow into starters through the season.
But these Eagles have some things working in their favor. They have an offense that can score, and does. They have a coaching staff which has demonstrated the ability to lead the team to success. And despite the expectations of some for post season success, many continue to discount 2013 as a year of lucky breaks and consider 2014 to be much more of a true and insurmountable test. Coming off a ten win season, despite a slow start, is impressive. If last year’s team could beat expectations, couldn’t this years?
The Philadelphia Eagles return all five starters from the both the offensive and defensive lines (with the exception of Lane Johnson, see below), and the NFL leading rusher in LeSean McCoy. In tight-end Brent Celek, the Eagles have a rough and ready guy who can take a licking and keep on ticking, while second year TE Zach Ertz appears to be at the cusp of a breakout year.
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