The Philadelphia Eagles looked dead in the water early on. They went down 14-0 in snowy, blizzard-like conditions at Lincoln Financial Field, and their prospects for winning the game looked grim. However, they looked like a totally different team in the second half. Head coach Chip Kelly and company did a brilliant job of adjusting as they gashed a usually solid Detroit Lions running game on the ground.
LeSean McCoy was simply breathtaking. His 217 rushing yards were a franchise record as he bested Steve Van Buren‘s record that stood for over 60 years. Kelly and the rest of the coaching staff realized running the ball with their workhorse would be the only way to win in treacherous conditions.
Boy, did they ever do that. McCoy and the rest of the running backs had over 200 yards rushing in the fourth quarter alone — an astounding statistic. The Eagles’ running offense looked totally dominant even in the snow.
The Eagles are now in first place in the NFC East and control their own destiny. Kelly has done a masterful job in his first season as head coach. Everybody questioned whether his offensive concepts could work, and the Eagles are in the top 10 in virtually every category.
People also said Kelly couldn’t get it done with anything but a mobile quarterback, but Nick Foles, a pure pocket passer, is flourishing in his system. Lastly, it was thought that the Eagles’ defense would be their Achilles’ heel. You could argue it has been a strength as right now the defense is rolling.
Kelly is firmly in the running for Coach of the Year because of his adaptability, and if the Eagles keep playing like this, he may just win the award in his first season coaching in the City of Brotherly Love.