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The 2016 Eagles: Part 1 – The Return to Real Football

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Pederson Bringing Back Real Football in Philadelphia

This series will break down the past, present, and future of Philadelphia‘s favorite franchise.  As they begin their hopeful rise under first year coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles will need to undergo various changes from top to bottom.  This series will document what I believe needs to be done for the former dominant franchise to regain it’s glory.

The first part of the series will deliver a brief overview of the Chip Kelly-era  Eagles from start to finish.

Fans of the Eagles are excited to finally see ‘real’ football in South Philadelphia again.

It’s been four long years since Andy Reid sent his team to Lehigh University for what would be his last training camp as the Eagles Head Coach.  Reid would win 130 games, including seven division titles and a conference title, only to be fired after finishing the season with a 4-12 record in 2012.

One of the most anticipated college-to-pro coaching transitions was that of Chip Kelly.  The former Oregon Ducks coach was known for his extremely fast-paced offense that had put up staggering numbers over the course of five seasons. Kelly would serve for two seasons as the offensive coordinator and three as the Head Coach before making the transition to the NFL.

His arrival in Philadelphia was nothing short of spectacular.  With an arsenal of weapons that would include Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, and DeSean Jackson, Kelly’s offense looked just as unstoppable as it did in those late night Pac-12 games. The Eagles would finish the season with the second best offense, trailing only the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos.

While the results were thrilling, things would only begin spiraling downwards from there.

Each year, the Eagles offense became less productive.  Each year, the team began removing talent from it’s roster.  While Howie Roseman was controlling personnel when Jackson, one of the leagues top deep threats was released, Kelly would move on from McCoy and Jeremy Maclin.  With the mindset that ‘flawless’ culture would beat any scheme it faced, the former coach began searching for players who would do as they were ordered without question.  Talented players were replaced with those who could not match their level of skill.  Players were over-drafted due to familiarity.

The Chip Kelly era would hit rock bottom during 2016 when the team would lose games to the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Detroit Lions.

Realizing that the players no longer responded to Kelly, and the way the franchise was headed, owner Jeffrey Lurie decided to remove Chip Kelly as the Eagles Head Coach on December 29, 2015.  He would later return personnel duties to Howie Roseman, who previously held the position, and hired former quarterback Doug Pederson to be the 23rd Head Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.