Bird Is The Word: Are You Ready For Some Football?

Posted: August 30, 2013 in Eagles

Bird Is The Word.

It is around this time of year in Philadelphia when the “bird is the word” (and with the Phillies’ struggles this year, it has never been more apparent).

That’s right, it’s time to break out the midnight green because Eagles football is back!

Week 1 of the NFL season is just 9 days away and many Eagles fans are more than ready to watch their birds take flight.

The first stop for the Eagles is FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland where they will take on Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on Monday, September 9th as part of a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

From Duck to Eagle

Chip Kelly

It has been a busy offseason for the Eagles, which started after Week 17 of the 2012 season when they fired long time coach Andy Reid after 14 seasons and eventually replaced him with University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. They also selected a group of promising young rookies, most notably Oklahoma offensive lineman Lane Johnson and USC quarterback Matt Barkley, in this year’s NFL Draft.

If anything, this season is looking like it will be an improvement over last season’s masterpiece of underperformance that saw the team finish with a dismal 4-12 record, which will not be very difficult. However, the new coach provides the fresh new start that many Eagles fans had been clamoring for over the last few years.

Chip Kelly brings with him his up-tempo offense that made him a mainstay at Oregon, which leaves many wondering if it will succeed in the NFL. Either way, it will be nice to see an explosive offense given the amount of talent on this team (as well as the fact that they will utilize running back LeSean McCoy more).

Meanwhile, On The Other Side of The Ball…

Eagles D

A big concern for the Eagles heading into week 1 is their defense. They were torched by the New England Patriots in their first pre-season game and, although they played well the next game against the Carolina Panthers, they have not been very consistent so far.

Granted, Chip Kelly did not catch (Eagles’ owner) Jeffrey Lurie and (general manager) Howie Roseman’s attention during the coaching search with his impressive defenses, nor was he known for his defense as Oregon’s head coach. Still, the Eagles D needs to tighten up otherwise Robert Griffin III will make them look pretty bad in front of a national audience, even if he is not at 100%.

At Oregon, the offense scored early and often, so much so that their poor defense went almost unnoticed. Yeah their offense put up 62 points on USC last season, but their defense also allowed 57 points.  At this point the Eagles’ offense will most likely not be putting up 62 points in a game at any point of this season. It is up to the defense to step it up and take some of the pressure off of the offense.

A New Beginning…

This season will be the first since 1998 that Andy Reid will not be on the Eagles sideline. While is tenure had a disappointing ending, a change was needed. This will be a fresh start for fans and players alike. In fact, many players have never played under a coach other than Andy Reid in their careers. Many Eagles fans are looking forward to what Chip Kelly can do in the NFL.

There is also an almost entirely new coaching staff as well. Chip Kelly brought with him a new coaching staff, which means that fans will no longer see the likes of Howard Mudd, Jim Washburn or an out-of-place Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator.

We’ll See…

As the season begins, there are many questions being asked. Will Chip Kelly’s offense succeed in the NFL? How well will the players adapt to the offense? Will the defense tighten up?

I guess there is only one way to find out…

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