Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles offense set franchise records in points and yards. Chip Kelly and his explosive, up tempo offense had a lot to do with that, as did the emergence of Foles as an elite young signal caller.
The question is can Foles keep it up? His brilliant 2013 campaign came seemingly out of nowhere as he wasn’t even tabbed the starter until the middle of the season when Michael Vick went down with an injury. He took the job and never let it go, posting some eye-popping numbers in the process.
However, one of Foles’ favorite targets is on the move. The Eagles released DeSean Jackson last week, ridding themselves of Foles’ favorite deep threat and perhaps his favorite target. There is no doubt this will be felt on the field.
The good news is that a heck of a receiver in his own right, Jeremy Maclin, is returning from a knee injury suffered last August. There is also the addition of dangerous slot weapon Darren Sproles, who is a major upgrade on Jason Avant and gives the Eagles a whole new dynamic on offense. You’d also have to imagine that Kelly is going to use a lot more two tight end sets with the emergence of talented rookie Zach Ertz and veteran Brent Celek.
Of course there is also still the draft. The Eagles will no doubt look to take advantage of a loaded wide receiver class in the 2014 draft. Look for them to draft one relatively high to come in and replace Jackson.
While he in all likelihood won’t come in and produce like Jackson right away, he will come at a fraction of the cost, and without all the headaches that come with the mercurial Jackson. He will also have youth on his side.
I have a feeling that Foles’ brilliant season was no accident. He has a heck of a future, and despite Jackson’s departure a heck of a supporting cast heading into 2014 and beyond.