5 Reasons Why Philadelphia Eagles Don’t Have What It Takes in the 2014 NFL Playoffs
5 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles Won't Win It All
The Philadelphia Eagles are fresh off of a 10-win season under first year head coach Chip Kelly and are looking to make a deep playoff run as champions of the NFC East. Unfortunately for the Eagles, even though they enjoyed their share of successes this season, there are many reasons why Philadelphia will be disappointed this postseason.
Going into this season, many people questioned whether Kelly would be able to enjoy the same level of success in the NFL as he did in college with the Oregon Ducks. Kelly built a reputation at the collegiate level by coaching teams that featured high powered offenses every season. The Eagles were a terrific offensive powerhouse finishing the season ranked fourth in average points per game and first in rushing yards as a team.
Powered by this offensive efficiency, the Eagles were able to win their division title in the last game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys. Philadelphia was able to win that contest on the road, which makes the feat even more impressive, and the Eagles will be rewarded for their efforts by hosting a playoff game in the first round. It did help that the rest of the teams in the NFC East had a combined record of 18-30 for the season.
Despite all of the positive aspects of this season, there is cause for concern that the Eagles' chances at making a run for a Super Bowl are slim to none. Here is a list of the top 5 reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles don't have what it takes in this year's playoffs.
5. No Real Home-Field Advantage
The Eagles started the season 0-4 in front of their home fans at Lincoln Financial Field but finished with a 4-4 record. Unfortunately, the Eagles' four home wins weren't against playoff-level competition, and they will struggle to beat New Orleans there in the first round.
4. Nick Foles Is Inexperienced
Nick Foles didn't expect to be in this position when the season started, and his prospects of leading the Eagles to a deep playoff run are minimal. The New Orleans Saints will likely teach Foles and the Eagles a valuable lesson that the team can use for next season. Foles was exceptional during the season, but the postseason is a totally different experience that Foles simply isn't ready for.
3. The Eagles Benefited From A Soft Regular Season Schedule
Regular season games help prepare a team for the postseason, and the Eagles got a pass with their schedule. It's no secret that the NFC East was a weak division this season, but the Eagles got lucky with their entire schedule as well. Philadelphia played only four teams that are currently in the postseason and managed to win just one of those games. That one win came against the Green Bay Packers with Scott Tolzien as their starting quarterback, but Philadelphia lost to the Broncos, Chiefs, and Chargers this season.
2. First Year Head Coach Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly led a team that won four games a year ago to a 10-win season and a division title in his first season. Unfortunately, that success won't follow Kelly into the postseason. The Eagles are terrible defending the pass, and Kelly was just 2-2 in bowl games when he coached Oregon. This Wild Card matchup with the Saints is not a good way to start the playoffs if the Eagles plan on advancing past the first round.
1. Worst Pass Defense In The NFL
The Eagles feature the worst pass defense is the NFL, and it's not like they have faced many of the elite quarterbacks in the league this season. Aside from matchups with Peyton Manning and Tony Romo, the Eagles haven't faced a quarterback that would explain allowing 290 passing yards a game on average. To make matters worse, Philadelphia hosts the Saints and Drew Brees in the first round.