The decision to play Nick Foles could have ruined Chip Kelly‘s first season as the head coach of a professional NFL team.
But seven touchdowns later, he was the talk of the league. It’s funny because usually the quarterback will get much of the ink after a day like that, but everything revolved around the choice to play him. Foles became a star and Kelly became a coach.
No one truly knew what to expect from the Philadelphia Eagles this season after the disaster they went through a year earlier. Instead of going out and hiring a proven NFL coach, they decided to go with a coach who had a winning formula but only in the college ranks. The quarterback situation was a mess with Michael Vick and Foles fighting for position. The defense was capable of playing at an NFL level, but there was no fire inside of them.
I believed the Eagles were in for another losing season and quite possibly the shot at the no. 1 pick in this years draft. The only good piece to their puzzle was LeSean McCoy, and he didn’t seem like a good fit there anymore. McCoy was Andy Reid‘s guy as well as many others on that team.
It was beginning to look like his talent was going to be wasted on another losing and rebuilding season. The receivers were good but they are also small. They still needed that big red-zone threat, and the Eagles wanted to rely on speed for Kelly’s offense. DeSean Jackson had his best year as a pro, and the offense didn’t miss a beat with the season-ending injury to Jeremy Maclin. Riley Cooper stepped up and made major contributions weekly to help the passing game.
The season was a compete roller coaster ride and had the whole Eagles Nation in and out of the emergency room with symptoms of a heart attack. Then along came Foles, who gave fans hope and visions of a young Brett Favre. The Eagles went from potential bottom-feeders to one of the teams that no one wants to face this postseason.