5 Reasons Eagles Will Be Better In 2014BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, May 29th, 2014
- 1. Chip Kelly is in his second season. He did a lot of things right in 2013, but also made several mistakes with his use of the clock, challenge flags and in-game adjustments. Kelly is not the type of guy who wants to repeat on his previous failures, improvement in these areas will certainly be his focus.
- A more “complete” offense. You will not replace Desean Jackson, end of sentence. No combination of Maclin, Sproles, Matthews, Huff and the other offensive weapons gives you that “top end” speed. After Jackson and Cooper last year, the depth chart for playmaking receivers was nonexistent minus the tight-end contribution. The ability this season to use our “receiving” additions in a variety of schemes will allow versatility that was not there last season. At times in 2013, Kelly ran out of “combinations” of players/play-calling to attack with, and defenses were able to slow down our offense. This season Kelly has a lot more at his disposal, and defenses may not have to worry about being burned by D-Jax, but they will have to decipher looks and player combinations this season that will be difficult to contain.
- The defense– Malcom Jenkins was a “nice addition,” and we spent a large portion of our draft on the defensive side of the football. I expect the returning vets to be comfortable with the 3-4, no longer learning on the fly. Like the first year of any job, when a new boss with a different system is being taught to you, even when you try to avoid it, attempting to not make mistakes rather than trusting what you know is difficult. The Eagles are a 3-4 defense, guys have added size and have worked on specific skills to be successful in this scheme throughout the offseason.
- Special Teams-The Eagles have added players who are special team “aces.” Guys who have made their living by following their assignment, making the open field tackle and sacrificing their body. Additionally, trading for Sproles and drafting Huff, the kick/punt return game will actually be a threat and not a “going through the motions” part of our 2014 season.
- Nick Foles/Lesean McCoy– The quarterback and running back tandem last season was incredible. McCoy led the league in rushing. Foles had a never before seen touchdown to interception ratio after finally being named the starting quarterback. To expect repeat seasons “statistically” would be asking a lot, but I expect both players to improve on some areas in year two of Chip Kelly’s system. I expect an increase in the North to South running style of McCoy, not always looking for the cutback but attacking the hole with force. Foles will trust his reads; worry less about throwing the interception. Quicker release and not taking sacks to put the offense in third and long situations.
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