A season of transition brought a new coach with a breath of fresh air and a new identity as a team. There were adjustments along the way as Chip Kelly adjusted to life as an NFL coach after serving an entire career at the college level, but his players bought in to the mentality Kelly introduced to them and fought their way to an NFC East division title few saw coming before the season started.
A last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
The Philadelphia Eagles will need their defensive secondary to be on their toes this weekend with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints in to town with a monster of a passing offense. Fortunately for the Eagles, the defensive backfield is getting healthier in time for the playoffs.
Drew Brees can be patient behind a steady offensive line. The Eagles struggled to bring a pass rush on Kyle Orton many times on Sunday night, so look for the defensive line to try and correct that this week against New Orleans. Easier said than done of course.
Drew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
Nick Foles will be back at quarterback for the Eagles when they play the Raiders on Sunday.
Is Chip Kelly just a college coach? Has it been proven that he is a terrible NFL coach? How bad are the Eagles and Kelly’s offense? All this and more has make worked up into a tizzy…. Yes, I just wrote “tizzy”.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Chip Kelly won’t admit it, but it’s appearing more and more likely that Michael Vick will start on Sunday, when the Giants come to Lincoln Financial Field. Vick on Thursday […]
Ryan Wilson, CBSsports.com, joined The Fred & Ted Show to discuss his thoughts on various teams in the AFC division. Wilson shared his view on how he thought teams like the Bengals, the Chiefs, and the Eagles will do this season. He explained why he thinks the Eagles will either do really well this season or be a complete bust. Wilson contends that though some of his cohorts have predicted the Texans won’t make it to the playoffs, he thinks they will win them. He says if the Patriots falter this season, it gives the Texans all the better odds to go all the way.
The Predictalator created by Prediction Machine simulated the NFL season 50,000 times, says that the 49ers are the most likely team to win.