Nov 23, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 43-24. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
4. Philadelphia Eagles
It’s fair to say that from afar, it looks like the Chip Kelly experiment failed. Kelly’s goal was to get Marcus Mariota commanding the offense, DeMarco Murray in the backfield, and a revamped defense. Kelly managed to get two out of the three. However, that doesn’t mean that the Eagles will fly high because of it. Having Sam Bradford at the helm isn’t a very good thing.
Bradford is extremely injury prone and costs twice and much as Nick Floes. The move ended up hurting the Eagles way more than it helped them. The only benefit they gained out of this situation is that Bradford, when healthy, could be somewhat effective. He was supposed to be one of the greatest prospects ever. Imagine if the Eagles plugged a player like that into their high paced offense?
Unfortunately, it’s going to be very difficult for Bradford to rebound from two ACL surgeries. That is a very serious injury for any athlete to endure. His backups are Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Sanchez is very capable of leading an NFL offense, but not on the same caliber as some of the NFL greats currently in the league. You can’t compare him to some of the top-tier quarterbacks.
The Eagles defense will be highly improved and be a force to reckoned with when you combine their special teams into the mix. Kelly managed to get some huge upgrades for a very weak Eagles’ secondary. The Eagles season is up for grabs, but if they rely on their running game, I’m sure they will do decent enough damage in the NFC East.
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