5 Biggest Impact Players on Offense for Philadelphia Eagles
5 Biggest Impact Players on Offense for Philadelphia Eagles in 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles offense struggled for much of last season with critical injuries to the offensive line, the quarterback, and arguably their two biggest playmaking threats in DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy towards the tail end of the season. This turned what was once looked a promising season going into the opener to a disastrous meltdown of a year that saw the former head honcho of 14 seasons Andy Reid get fired along with his entire coaching staff.
The quarterback position was in total flux last season. Michael Vick looked like a Pro Bowler one week, knocking off the Super Bowl Champion Ravens, and an utter disaster the next, committing turnover after turnover. He got injured, which thrust rookie Nick Foles into action behind a battered offensive line and a team that lost its two biggest play makers in Jackson and McCoy. This made for a rocky end to the 2012 season for the Eagles, giving them their worst record in recent memory. Locker room problems and players attitudes bubbled to the surface and Reid had lost control of his players, which further got the ball rolling down hill.
However, there is reason for optimism in Eagles Country for this upcoming campaign lead by new head man Chip Kelly. He will run a frenetic type offense that gets plays in every 10 to 15 seconds, so ideally, the Eagles can run about four to five plays a minute to keep teams off balance. It will be very interesting to see how this works in the NFL. Defenses may be caught off guard as they may not be set or able to go into certain packages in time to keep up with the fast-paced offense. Kelly also has many explosive weapons at his disposal that can take advantage of this up-tempo style.
Let's take a look at five offensive players that could have a huge impact in Chip Kelly's shiny new offense.
Bryce Brown had an excellent rookie campaign, shattering Eagles rookie records for rushing yards in a single game and showing his wide array of skills on a national stage. He will look to build on his rookie year and improve in all areas by getting in better shape for coach Kelly's up-tempo style, and by holding on to the football so he can see more touches at crucial moments.
LeSean "Shady" McCoy is as deadly a weapon as there is in the league. He can run and catch the ball with equal effectiveness, an attribute Chip Kelly loves in his offense. Watch for "Shady" to have a monster season.
Jeremy Maclin had a bit of a down season last year in what many thought would his coming-out party. He looks to bounce back in a brand new offense similar to the one he played in at Missouri. DeSean Jackson will certainly keep defenses honest — look for Maclin to benefit from this and have a huge season.
Look for DeSean Jackson to be moved all around the formation in the slot, outside, and even at running back as Chip Kelly loves to do this with his fastest athletes on the field. Defenses will have to account for him on every play and at every spot on the grid iron if they want to have any chance at defending the speedy playmaker.
Jason Peters' return could arguably have the biggest impact on the entire offense. He was missed dearly last season as opposing defensive ends and linebackers had their way with his various replacements. He is arguably the best left tackle in the game and the security blanket that he provides for quarterbacks, running backs and even receivers will be invaluable this upcoming season.