The Eagles have a lot going on for them right now, and you need to catch up on what this team is all about.
Chip Kelly is the man in charge here, and in a short period of time he has demonstrated the need to go fast, the demand that his team play better football and the understanding that this is all a work in progress. The roster, along with the coaching staff, has had many changes and playing at the level at which Kelly and the Eagles aspire takes some time as the players learn about one another and about the coaching staff’s ways.
Kelly made the decision midway through Training Camp that
Vick has at his disposal some weapons that make this offense explosive in its nature. Wide receiver
There are others to aid in addition to Jackson. The running back trio of
At tight end, the Eagles signed
Of course, making it all go is an offensive line that could be among the league’s best if everything goes right. First-round draft pick
In general, in case you are still shaking the sand out from between your toes, the offense is in good shape and the expectations are high.
On defense, the Eagles have some kinks to work out and a scheme to perfect, and there is much unknown about the unit coordinator Bill Davis is working with. The Eagles want to be an aggressive, ball-hawking defense, and the challenge is to gather a lot of new pieces and moving parts and pull it together in a hurry.
The Eagles are playing a hybrid scheme after playing a 4-3 front for decades, so there is a transition to appreciate. Coordination among the new parts – the Eagles have new starters in
Ah, change … you have to embrace it defensively and look for the Eagles to generate pressure, take the football away and put the offense in good position to score points quickly.
Let’s not forget special teams, an area the Eagles have a chance to win each week. The return game was simply dynamic in the preseason with
That’s the quick overview. Game one comes your way on Monday night at the Washington Redskins, who feature the thrilling Robert Griffin, III at quarterback. He’s going to start after spending the entire offseason recovering from a knee injury suffered in last year’s playoff loss to Seattle.
It’s time to go all in, because the Eagles are a team working in a new direction with boundless energy vibrating off the walls at the NovaCare Complex. It’s going to be a blast to see it all come together under Kelly, the uber-successful coach from Oregon who has been one of the most talked-about topics in the NFL’s last six months.
Changes? Plenty of them. The future? It’s bright, with progress measured in a step-by-step fashion. We welcome back those of you who have been on vacation this summer. Join the rest of the crowd who are locked and loaded for a wild ride of a 2013 season.