All of the expectations surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2013 season fell squarely on that of the offense. Since Chip Kelly was hired as the new head coach and brought the spread offense to intertwine with the star power that the Eagles possess on offense, all eyes have been waiting and watching to see just how good things could be. The first half of football that Philadelphia played seemed like they would be unstoppable, but the success was short lived and since that point, the offense has had trouble finding any consistency.
Paired with a less than mediocre defense, the offense led by Michael Vick has been at the forefront since training camp. The loss of Jeremy Maclin from the beginning took some of the air out of Philadelphia’s sails, but with plenty of weapons still available, the anticipation didn’t change much. LeSean McCoy has been as advertised, getting better behind the run-first offense of Kelly. He has proven to be one of the best running backs in the league. Although the receiving corps would not be the same, depleted by injury, the always dangerous DeSean Jackson could present enough problems for opposing defenses but has seemed to stumble and show inconsistency.
It seems as though to this point the stars cannot carry the load alone. Lacking support from role players and searching for others to step up, the Eagles’ offense has faltered and had aspects taken away because of their inability to keep the opposition honest. The tight ends have been seldom used, the offensive line has had struggles at times, and players who were being counted on to contribute have yet to demonstrate their worth.
Overall, the Eagles have not met the bar that was set so high for them to begin with. If they are to take advantage of the wide open NFC East and make a run at a playoff spot, they desperately need to get the offense on track. It doesn’t mean they need to put up points with every possession; they just need to become consistent and begin to take what defenses are giving them. Counting on the shaky and inconsistent defense cannot help at this point, and they have far too much talent to simply pack it in.