2015 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview
No team comes into the 2015 season after experiencing more change, than the Philadelphia Eagles. Gone are Nick Foles, LeShaun McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, and Trent Cole. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has made his first major crack at bringing in player to fit is vaunted system, and new signees include quarterback Sam Bradford, running back Demarco Murray, rookie wide receiver Nelson Agholor, and linebacker Kiko Alonso. While there are plenty of new faces on the 2015 Philadelphia Eagles roster, the approach should be much the same, spread the ball, and use multiple formations to stifle opposing team’s defenses. The Eagles struggled to finish the year last season, losing 3 of their last 4 games to miss the playoffs. The big question surrounding Philadelphia in 2015, is will they be healthy enough to finish on a stronger note this season. Quarterback Sam Bradford hasn’t played a regular season snap in over 2 years, and running back DeMarco Murray has only finished one season without missing multiple games to injury. If their two big new offensive players can avoid injuries, the Eagles will likely have one of the most feared offenses in the NFL. The 2015 Eagles will have plenty of chances to showcase their talent, playing premier opponents (Colts, Ravens, and Packers) in their first 3 games.
2014 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview
The Eagles finished 10-6 last season to win the NFC East after a clutch Week 17 win over the Cowboys, but were unable to get past the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. Nick Foles played like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, throwing only one INT while connecting for 13 TDs after taking over for Michael Vick. It would be hard to replicate that kind of production, but Foles has the talent to make it happen. He’ll be without Desean Jackson, who was released by the club prior to training camp, but the Eagles picked up Jordan Matthews in the draft. The former Vandy standout was a first-team All-SEC selection and had 112 receptions for 1,477 yards in his senior season. Philadelphia will begin the season at home against the Jaguards before travelling to Indianapolis in Week 2. Key home games include the Panthers in Week 10, the Seahawks in Week 14 and the Cowboys in Week 15. It’s a tough road schedule for the Eagles, facing off against the 49ers in Week 4, the Packers in Week 11, the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and the Skins and Giants in the last two weeks of the season.
2013 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview
The Eagles will be under the microscope of almost all NFL fans this season after finishing 4-12 in 2012. New head coach Chip Kelly will have to prove he can be a successful NFL coach after a great run at Oregon before making the jump to the pros. His first decision will be settling on a starting quarterback. A competition between veteran Michael Vick, second-year man Nick Foles, and rookie Matt Barkley should bring out the best in all three candidates and put the Eagles in a position to succeed right away. To make the quarterback’s job easier, Philadelphia has loads of talent on offense—despite receiver Jeremy Maclin’s torn ACL. The Eagles’ offense will consist of running back LeSean McCoy, receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Brent Celek. To provide the quarterback with additional protection, the Eagles selected Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson with the fourth overall selection in the NFL Draft. With a new, exciting coach calling the shots, the Eagles are a serious threat to return to the playoffs in 2013.
2011 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview
Led by a resurgent Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles powered their way to an NFC East title last season, and all signs point toward that happening again this time around. Thanks to a slew of offseason acquisitions, the Eagles have revamped their already-solid team and have one of the best collections of athletes in the league, and are among early favorites to win it all. Vick will be back under center this year, and if he can stay healthy there’s no reason why he can’t be as productive as he was last season. He will certainly have plenty of talent surrounding him with running back LeSean McCoy and explosive wide receiver DeSean Jackson, both of whom can break a big play at any time. The Eagles defense, which was solid last year, will be improved in 2011. Head coach Andy Reid landed one of the biggest free agents this offseason in cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, whose shutdown ability will be much appreciated in the competitive NFC East. Asomugha will be playing opposite fellow newcomer Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was acquired through a trade with the Cardinals.
2010 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview
Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles will be watching a vastly different team than they've seen for much of the past decade. Both Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook are gone and have been replaced by younger, but untested players. Despite the players' inexperience, expectations are high for coach Andy Reid to finally bring a championship to Philadelphia. After leading the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl, McNabb was dealt to the Washington Redskins during the offeseason. Strong-armed Kevin Kolb now takes over the offense and will be surrounded by a number of talented players. Receiver DeSean Jackson is one of the best deep threats in a league, and running back LeSean McCoy had a break out season last year filling in for the injured Westbrook. Jeremy Maclin and tight end Brent Celek will also provide Kolb with some reliable targets in his first full season as a starter. The defense experienced less off season changes than the offense, which will be a good thing as the Eagles had a solid squad last season. Defensive end Trent Cole is coming off a 12.5 sack year and should anchor the defensive line. Former New England Patriot Asante Samuel will hold down the left side at corner back, and veteran Ellis Hobbs will be on the right side and will be looking to rebound after missing the second half of last season due to injury.
2009 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview
2009 is going to be an exciting year for the Philadelphia Eagles. They came tantalizingly close to winning the NFC Championship Game and going to the Super Bowl in 2008. Now they return the core of their team for the 2009 campaign that might have Philly fans partying in downtown Miami at the end of the Eagles season. The 2009 Eagles are going to rely on their veteran one-two punch on offense of Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. Westbrook is one of the top running backs in the entire NFL and McNabb is a quarterback who continues to play at a high-level after many experts had written him off. Joining them on the offense are explosive wide receiver DeSean Jackson and steady, reliable kicker David Akers. On defense Head Coach Andy Reid will rely on a host of talented players to make the Eagles D go. Cornerback Assante Samuel is one of the top players on the Philly defense, so he'll be counted on to be a difference maker. If the Eagles defense plays up to their potential and the offense is clicking, then look out for Philadelphia in 2009.
2008 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview
The Philadelphia Eagles will be an exciting team to watch this year; led by franchise QB Donovan McNabb they will be working together to make another run at the NFC title. The Eagles are only a few years removed from a trip to the Superbowl in Jacksonville, so there are many pieces of the team that are ready to contribute to a strong season in Philly. Some believe the success of the team will rest on the often injured body of McNabb, so it will be interesting to see if Donovan can stay healthy and what the future holds for this team. One thing you can be sure of is that beautiful Lincoln Financial Field will be teeming with hard-core Eagles fans that will cheering on this great franchise.