What Do You Expect From the Eagles This Year?

Posted July 06, 2013

I tried this before but admit that the topic took off and went into a different direction. I'd like to see what the barkers left on this website would deem a successful season in Kelly's first year. Looking at everything where do you expect the Eagles to be in January of 2014. I think a successful season would be finding out that they have a legit option at the QB position with either Foles or Barkley (which would also go a long way in showing that Kelly may be able to win without a running QB). With how the QB situation looks and having no faith in Vick ever winning anything meaningful I feel that would go a long way in shaping Kelly's 2nd year...if they come out of 2013 with a wash where their QB is concerned it is cause for some concern. A high draft pick in 2014 means that the Eagles probably won't be possible contenders before midway through Kelly's contract...and only IF they make the right pick at the position.

 

I also would like to see the defense starting to take shape (obviously). We can pick on Kelly all we want and state how the defense is worse than last year but what do we expect with how poor and dysfunctional the defense was the last two years? All pro corners who let up record number TD passes and couldn't tackle...safeties who would have fallen for pump fakes from Venus de Milo (and couldn't tackle)...young players and veterans being taught by a turnstile of coordinators because the head coach never found a replacement that was good enough after the unfortunate death of Jim Johnson (including the old offensive line coach who no player seemed to respect)...a position coach that obviously had no respect for his coordinator and seemed to undermine what he was trying to do...wasted draft pick after wasted draft pick with reaches and players that just never seemed to find the field for one reason or another (Bryan Smith, Daniel Te'o Nesheim, Vinny Curry just to name 3...we all know that there are many more). This will take time in my opinion. Kelly couldn't just tie up every dime the Eagles have under the cap in his first year to rebuild the defense and hope he made the right choices. That would be suicide if he misses just like the misses Reid made in 2011 helped him out the door at the end of last year. I feel a couple decent to solid signings (Barwin on defense...not sure what to think about Williams anymore although he can't do much worse than what was there , Casey on offense) along with some roll the dice type players that can either help them and they can re-sign or they can walk away from easily (Fletcher, Chung, Phillips) was the best way to go this year without strapping themselves in Kelly's rookie season. Going into next year with knowing what he actually has on this roster (and who can make the transition) will give Kelly and the Eagles more insight into what they have to do to bring the defense back to respectability while still having some cap space to make more of those changes. Although I'm not thrilled with Kelly's choice at defensive coordinator I'm happy that he at least found one from the right side of the ball...that has to be a plus, right? LOL.

 

To wrap it up, I feel that a successful first season would be the Eagles finding their QB (just may not happen) and the defense starting to gel...starting to find it's identity. Is it truly going to be some form of a hybrid 3-4 or is that only until Davis and Kelly have time to find the personnel to make the switch over? I'm not concerned about wins and losses with so many changes although if the Eagles find their QB the Eagles should at the very least be in some games by the end of the season...a few wins rolling up in December would obviously be a great thing to see with your QB of the future at the helm. I'm looking forward to finding out...camp in less than 3 weeks!

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