In just a two days NFL training camps across the country. Veteran players and rookies will take the field to brave the sweltering heat of the last days of summer in order to get ready for the grueling football season. Last year the Eagles went into training camp with a new head coach (Chip Kelly) with returning quarterbacks, Michael Vick Nick Foles, and a whole lot of unanswered questions.
The Philadelphia Eagles enter their second season under Chip Kelly with a starting quarterback (Nick Foles) who last year helped guide the Eagles to a 10 - 6 record.and a first round loss to the Saints in the playoffs. In 2013 The Eagles offense scored 442 points (27.6/g), and ended up ranked 4th of 32 in the NFL.
Eagles fans, you think, would be poised to watch their team's offense soar high again this year but they're not. The climate among Eagle's fans is more of subdued optimism. Fans do not want to get to high on their teams offense because of the release of DeSean Jackson and a new class of wide receiver draft picks who have yet to prove themselves on the field.
There is also the fact Eagle's fans, as well as all Philly sports fans, have gotten their hopes up about their favorite team having a championship season only to have their hopes dashed in the end. It is really hard to have a trusting relationship with someone who has broken your heart over and over again.
There are however some nuggets of hope for Eagles fans that the Chip Kelly offense will be just as prolific this year as in 2013. While it is true Jackson is gone and Maclin is coming back from a serious injury the Eagles still have Shady McCoy and Darren Sproles in their backfield and a cast of young wide receivers, one of which is bound to stand out in Kelly's spread the ball around offense.
Unlike last the Eagles seem to be set at quarterback going into training camp. Nick Foles who stepped in last year when Vick went down, soared high Kelly's offense while breaking a few records and ending up in the Hall of Fame. While it may be naive to think he can do the same sort of things this year, Foles is still poised on paper to have another good season using the weapons the Eagle's brain trust has given him and the plays Chip Kelly calls.
All signs point to the Eagle's offense being improved in 2014, but as in all things sports related it comes down to the players which are there and how well they execute on the field.