The Philadelphia Eagles are now 1-2. They also face three-straight road games including having to go into Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the thin air of Colorado to take on the Denver Broncos.
It is easy to see how this could snowball into disaster for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. I look at it in a different way. Regardless of the circumstances, this should be looked at as a win and building block for the Eagles franchise.
If the Eagles somehow go on a late season run and finish 9-7 sneaking into the playoffs, it will be great. They will have made the playoffs in Kelly’s first season as head coach. Some of these young players will also taste the postseason for the first time, a very valuable experience.
Say the season gets away from the Eagles. It also isn’t the worst thing in the world. They will have a premium draft pick in what is said to be a loaded draft class at quarterback and on defense. These are easily two of the biggest needs for the Eagles going forward. How good would a guy like Marcus Mariota, who Kelly is very familiar with as we know, or Jadaveon Clowney look in midnight green? Being able to draft a blue-chip player in the secondary such as Bradley Roby or Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix would also help this football team immensely going forward.
Michael Vick is getting old and is still playing inconsistent football. A franchise quarterback is needed. Help is also needed all over the defense. You can see why a bad season wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for this football team.
Sit back and relax folks. Enjoy the ride. It is Year 1 of the Kelly regime. Renowned coach Andy Reid didn’t have much success either in his first season going 5-11. Once he got his franchise signal caller and a real defense, though, we saw the dominant run he and the Eagles went on. I have faith the franchise under owner Jeffrey Lurie, GM Howie Roseman and Kelly will eventually get this thing right.
Be patient. When the Eagles finally do get it right, this will be a special football team.