Projected Record: 5-11
NFC East Rank: 4th
Chip Kelly brings his offensive expertise from Oregon to Philly. The offense will be shifted to high gear this upcoming season as Kelly is known for his high tempo offense. Kelly just named Michael Vick his starting QB over Nick Foles and rookie Matt Barkley and I believe someone as physically gifted as Vick is made for this offense. Yet, the offense the Eagles put out on the field next year won’t be as successful as hoped for. Chip Kelly needs to carve out his niche and will take some time to adjust to the NFL. The Eagles don’t have that kind of time in a competitive NFC East. They’ll be trying to make up some ground the whole season.
This year, Vick won’t have WR Jeremy Maclin, who tore his ACL during training camp and is expected to miss the entire season. Unfortunatley for the Eagles, Maclin led the Eagles in receptions and yards last season. This is a big blow for an Eagles team that wanted to focus much of its attention on its offense. Fortunately for Philadelphia, WR DeSean Jackson is healthy thus far and is set to have a great season under Coach Kelly. He had the second most yards (700) for an Eagle receiver in just 11 games last season. Jackson, athletic like Vick, is one of the, if not the fastest player in the NFL and is a viable long term option who signed a 5 year-$51 million deal last year. So, Jackson has the potential of becoming a fixture in Kelly’s offense for years to come. Another potentially exciting aspect is RB LeSean McCoy. He can make a monumental impact with Kelly’s game plan next season. The high energy back can make significant contributions to the Eagles next season if Kelly can distribute enough offensive plays to allow him to thrive.
Their defense has been a cause for much concern for the last couple of seasons. They ranked 30th in interceptions last season. To make matters worse, their top two cornerbacks, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left this offseason. Although, they clearly didn’t make an immense positive impact, their presence made teams nervous. Their departure leaves a void that has to be filled by recent acquisitions CB Bradley Fletcher and CB Cary Williams. The Eagle’s D gave up 27.8 points a game last season, which accounts for a tie at 30th in the league with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During Asomugha’s tenure with the team, they had zone coverage in the secondary, which evidently didn’t work. Hopefully, new Defensive Coordinator Billy Davis will change things up even after Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie have left. But, Davis is definitely changing the defense to a 3-4 formation next year. Like Chip Kelly’s offense, this formation will take time to adjust and tweaks will be made throughout the season. The Eagles can only hope that it won’t take too long and they won’t have to play catch up for the rest of the season.
Eagle’s fans will learn to have to become patient for this upcoming season. They’ll start slowly but will improve as the season progresses. They will probably have to wait a season or two before Chip Kelly and their new defense can transition well. Although they are still in a transition period, the Eagles could shock a lot of people with their play. Their high powered offense can overshadow their defensive miscues if their running game and passing game are mixed up well in their fast paced offense. Nonetheless, this proposition is unlikely and they’ll most likely stay at the bottom of the division and conference for the entirety of the 2013 season.