5 Reasons Why Philadelphia Eagles will improve this season
5 reasons the Philadelphia Eagles will improve this season
The Philadelphia Eagles had a disastrous 2012 campaign. There were problems every which way for the franchise last season whether it was injuries, miscommunications in the secondary, and even rampant changes in the coaching staff mid-season nonetheless.
The main culprits for these issues on defense I would say were Nnamdi Asomugha and his declining skills as he gets older and the chaotic shuffling of coaches mid season in firing Juan Castillo and hiring Todd Bowles, a man that had no defensive coordinating experience in the NFL.
On offense, much of the struggles stemmed from Michael Vick's inconsistencies on the field and his inability once again last season to stay healthy. The offensive line was also decimated by injuries losing All Pro left tackle Jason Peters before the season even began and then losing key pieces to the line like Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans. All of this proved to be too much to overcome for this Eagles team.
Moving forward to the new 2013 season the line is back healthy, the defense has added some new faces that will buy into new defensive coordinator Billy Davis' concepts and not be complacent, and last and most importantly the Eagles have hired a new head coach in Chip Kelly that will change the culture of the team and preach discipline and team concepts instead of acting as an individual in a team game.
All of these things are positives going forward. Will the Philadelphia Eagles be an improved football team next season? Only time will tell, but let's take a look at 5 reasons why I believe that to be the case.
Coach Chip Kelly
Coach Chip Kelly's frenetic practices and culture change should get this young Philadelphia Eagles squad back on track.
With the additions of players like Kenny Phillips, Cary Williams, and Bradley Fletcher - all sure tacklers - the secondary should improve on missed assignments and tackles from last season.
Improved depth at the Tight End Position
Coach Kelly loves the tight end position, and he has quite the stable of them for the Eagles with the addition of Zach Ertz and James Casey to go along with productive veteran Brent Celek.
Look for Kelly to really utilize the slot with Ertz and Casey's speed and Celek's great route running in the middle.
Solid running game
Bryce Brown flashed brilliance last year. He along with LeSean McCoy and the new addition of Felix Jones form a great trio of running backs for the Eagles going forward.
Stability along the offensive line
The offensive line should show major improvement with a healthy Jason Peters returning - arguably the best left tackle in the game - and the return of injured interior linemen Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans - two key cogs on that line.
The drafting of tackle Lane Johnson who can slide right in Week 1 and play right tackle should really solidify and make what was a weakness last season a strength next season for the Philadelphia Eagles.