Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly, Offensive Line Deserve More Credit
Heading into the 2013 campaign, I didn’t see how the Philadelphia Eagles were going to win more than three games this season. Not only was first-year head coach Chip Kelly a major question mark, so too was the entire Eagles’ roster. Most importantly, Philadelphia started the year with Michael Vick at quarterback behind a largely unproven and shaky offensive line.
Some quarterbacks can excel despite mediocre pass protection, but Vick isn’t one of them. However, the best thing that happened to the Eagles this year was that Vick went down with a hamstring injury way back in Week 5. Since that time, Nick Foles has stepped in and played one of the best seasons at quarterback that Philadelphia has seen in years. However, none of Foles’ excellence is possible without a stout offensive line.
Behind All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, the Eagles’ front five has managed to run block and pass block with some of the best units in the NFL. Also, both Brent Celek and Zach Ertz have excelled as both blockers and receiving targets for Foles. Kelly has looked like a 10-year NFL veteran the way he’s been able to protect Foles inside the pocket and use him beautifully outside of the pocket as well.
Long story short: the Eagles deserve all of the credit in the world for revamping their offensive line and manufacturing one of the best offensive units in the game.
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