The beginning of a new season is important to every team in the NFL. However, a good beginning to some is more important than it is to others.
This year the Philadelphia Eagles are part of that group. The Eagles and new head coach Chip Kelly are in desperate need of a strong start. Many teams have the ability to recover from rough starts and to still contend for and even make the playoffs.
Most of those teams are veteran teams that have been there before, have great leaders and find flaws in the schedule that allow them to take advantage of weaker, less experienced opponents later in the season. Philadelphia is not one of those teams, yet.
The Eagles, especially on the defensive side of the ball, are a young, inexperienced group that would only gain confidence and momentum from a good start to a new season.
With the high powered spread offense run by mastermind Kelly, the Eagles should have no problem putting up some big numbers on offense. Should the defense be able to get some stops and find a way to make the hybrid approach work, a good start is definitely possible.
The solid start would help a team coming off a 4-12 season, with a new head coach seeing his first NFL action, to take a step in the right direction and actually give themselves a chance in a perennially difficult division. The good beginning would help them to build up steam and get their feet wet before even meeting many of those division foes.
Yet, without a strong beginning, the Eagles may find themselves back in the dreads of last place, giving coach Kelly more than he can deal with, even with the countless hours he spends at the office.
A solid beginning would prevent the ‘quicksand’ from taking action and spiraling another season into oblivion. Should Philadelphia not find the start they are in such desperate need of, another season of Eagles football may be over long before it really even begins.