The City of Brotherly Love has always been known for having some of the most passionate fans in the country and while Saturday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints may take some time to get over–keep in mind just how much the Philadelphia Eagles had to overcome this season just to be in this position.
After finishing 4-12 in 2012 and parting ways with head coach Andy Reid after 14 seasons, nobody was giving the Eagles a shot at all to contenders in the NFC East this past season. With a new head coach in Chip Kelly running a questionable offense focused on having a “running quarterback” that many believed would be ineffective at the NFL level and plenty of questions surrounding a defense with plenty of holes to fill after a disastrous year in 2012–nobody thought this team would have more than six wins.
So when the Eagles ended up winning seven of their last eight games to end the regular season that included an amazing win on the road against the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East–fans had plenty of reason to be excited about their team having what it takes to make a Super Bowl run.
And why wouldn’t they? The defense was playing at a high level. Nick Foles ended the year with 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions after taking over the starting job from Michael Vick. Not to mention LeSean McCoy–who led the league in rushing with 1,607 yards) and DeSean Jackson (1,332 receiving yards) both had career years along with the offensive line staying healthy all season.
So when looking at all of these key factors, how many of you honestly thought this is how the 2013 season would turn out for the Eagles? Thought so.
Sure, there were numerous key plays from Saturday night’s game against the Saints (Alex Henery–we’re pointing our fingers at you for the missed 48-yard field goal and awful kickoff towards the end of the fourth quarter) that could have helped the Eagles pull off the win, but there’s nothing they can do about it now. Instead, look at the positives from this past season and just think of what’s in store for next year.
This Eagles team was an underdog the entire season and if there’s anything to take away from Saturday’s game along with this past year, it would be this team is going to bounce back even stronger in 2014. In his first year as head coach, Kelly showed his players and us fans why we should believe in his system and this fan personally can’t wait to see what he has in store for year number two–because the Eagles will be flying high once again in the NFC.