2014 was the beginning of the end for another Philadelphia Eagles coach.
It’s easy to remember Chip Kelly’s first season as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He was the head of an exciting fast-paced offense. His quarterback, Nick Foles, finished with 27 touchdowns versus only two interceptions. What’s easy to forget is how good they were in Kelly’s second season in 2014.
Much like in 1994, 20 years earlier, the Eagles found themselves with a 7-2 record. This time, the injury that changed the course of the season was the one that resulted in the loss of Foles. He broke his collarbone, paving the way for Mark Sanchez to take over as the starting quarterback. The most memorable game of the season came on Thanksgiving against the 7-4 Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles entered the game at 8-3 and blew their rivals out 33-10 in front of a national audience.
Everything went downhill after that. Philly dropped their next three games before winning a meaningless week 17 tilt with the New York Giants. They finished at 10-6 but missed the playoffs. 10-6 is still a very respectable record, even with ‘The Sanchize’ at quarterback, but they aren’t the best Eagles team that failed to qualify for the postseason. That honor belongs to another squad that finished with a 10-6 mark.