Jun 102013
 

Chip Kelly4. Philadelphia Eagles
Head Coach: Chip Kelly
2012 Record: 4-12
2012 Offense: 280 points scored, 29th in points, 15th in yards (13th passing, 13th rushing)
2012 Defense: 444 points allowed, 29th in points, 15th in yards (9th passing, 23rd rushing)

Key Additions
Head Coach Chip Kelly, FB/TE James Casey, S Patrick Chung, CB Bradley Fletcher, DT Isaac Sopoaga, LB Connor Barwin, LB Jason Phillips, S Kenny Phillips, CB Cary Williams, RB Felix Jones, P Donnie Jones, T Lane Johnson, TE Zach Ertz, QB Matt Barkley

Key Losses
CB Nnamdi Asomugha, T King Dunlap, LB Akeem Jordan, DT Derek Landri, CB Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie, G Jake Scott, DE Darryl Tapp, RB Dion Lewis

Why 2013 will be better
The injury bug took a heavy toll on the Eagles in 2012, and any improvement in this regard will increase the team’s win total. Perhaps Chip Kelly will have a better sense of how to utilize LeSean McCoy, who is one of the most talented running backs in the league, but who never seemed to be the centerpiece of Andy Reid’s offensive scheme. Perhaps Kelly will also be the coach who will get through to DeSean Jackson, and bring out his remarkable potential as well. But if 2013 is going to be more successful than 2012, it will be because the defensive additions will perform to their potentials and not force Michael Vick or Nick Foles to play from behind.

Why 2013 will be worse
Although the Eagles were 9th against the pass last season, they gave up a league high 32 touchdown passes, necessitating an overhaul to the secondary. The trouble is while they brought in Cary Williams from the Ravens, the rest of the “upgrades” in the secondary are unremarkable retreads that may not fare much better in 2013. Plus Williams has stayed away from the Eagles’ OTA’s and doesn’t seem to be off to a good start with Eagles’ management. Add this to the open question as to whether or not Chip Kelly can adapt his offensive approach to life in the NFL, and the eternal questions of how many games one can expect Vick to actually be on the field for, and how many mistakes he will make while on the field, and a repeat four win performance (or worse) is not entirely out of the question.

Outlook
On paper, the Eagles look like a team that will do better than 4-12, but how much better? Vick is not a reliable quarterback in terms of his health or his decision-making. He has fumbled the ball 32 times in the past three seasons, losing twelve of those while also throwing 30 interceptions. Toss in 85 sacks during this span of only 35 games (having missed another 13) and it is fair to say that even the most ardent Eagles’ fan should be cautious in setting on setting overly high expectations for the coming season. A final tally of six or seven wins would be a good improvement for this club as they continue to rebuild their defense and allow Chip Kelly a year to become acclimated with football beyond the college ranks. At least the days of the infamous “Dream Team” are behind them.

Jan 162013
 

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - Oregon v Kansas StateSo much for staying in Oregon.

Chip Kelly, who was courted by the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles but then seemingly decided to stay at the University of Oregon, has reversed course and been named Head Coach of the Eagles.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said owner Jeffrey Lurie in the statement. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team.”

It’s unknown if this was solely a monetary issue for Kelly, or if he was influenced by a pending investigation of Oregon’s football program by the NCAA. In any event, the Eagles have certainly landed the most prized coaching candidate on the market.

Dec 312012
 

andy-reidThey are falling fast and furious this morning.

The Philadelphia Eagles have fired Head Coach Andy Reid, who guided the team to a 4-12 record this season, following the “Dream Team’s” 8-8 performance last season. Reid has been the Head Coach since 1999, compiling a 130-93-1 record in his time with the team and a 10-9 post-season record that included seven division titles and four trips to the NFC Championship Game, but only one Super Bowl appearance, where they lost to the Patriots during the 2004 season.

“Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come,” Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.”

Speculation will run rampant about where Reid will land for 2013, yet it is entirely possible that Reid will not land a head coaching position given the ones that are likely to be available. We will likely have our answer to this question in the next few weeks.

May 222012
 

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Head Coach: Andy Reid

Projected Starting Quarterback: Michael Vick

2011 Record:  8 wins, 8 losses (2nd in NFC East)

No postseason appearance

4th in Total Offense, 8th in Total Defense

2002-2011 10 year record: 99 wins, 60 losses, 1 tie (4th in NFL)

7 wins, 7 losses in postseason

0-1 in Super Bowl appearances

0-2 All-time in Super Bowl