The Philadelphia Eagles had a magical season in 2013 going from a dismal 4-12 season to 10-6 with a playoff berth under rookie coach Chip Kelly. The Philadelphia Eagles lost by two points in the first round to the New Orleans Saints. New QB Nick Foles and confidence that Chip Kelly’s game plan can work in the NFL may be enough for them to revisit success in 2014. Lots of off season drama contributed to a circus like atmosphere with DeSean Jackson being released for supposed “Gang Affiliations.” Michael Vick wasn’t tendered an offer, so he went to the Jets in free agency. WR Jason Avant left for the Carolina Panthers. I didn’t like the draft The Philadelphia Eagles put together. Read my article, 2014 Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft Report Card and Player Analysis and see what I thought they should have done.
Players lost in the off season to other teams
- Colt Anderson, FS–4th season signed by The Indianapolis Cols
- Jason Avant, WR–8th season signed by The Carolina Panthers
- Patrick Chung, FS–5th season signed by The New England Patriots
- Kurt Coleman, FS–4th season signed by The Minnesota Vikings
- Clifton Geathers, DT–4th season signed by The Washington Redskins
- DeSean Jackson, WR–4th season signed by The Washington Redskins
- Michael Vick, QB–12th season signed by The New York Jets
Players signed in free agency from other teams
- Bryan Braman, LB–3rd season, signed from The Houston Texans
- Nolan Carroll, CB–4th season, signed from The Miami Dolphins
- Andrew Gardner, T–4th season, signed from The The Houston Texans
- Malcolm Jenkins, FS–5th season, signed from The New Orleans Saints
- Chris Maragos, FS–4th season, signed from The Seattle Seahawks
- Mark Sanchez, QB–5th season, signed from The New York Jets
Can The Philadelphia Eagles make it back to the playoffs in 2014?
I think the Eagles can make it back to the playoffs but I don’t see them making it far. They lost too much in the off season and haven’t made up for the loss of WR DeSean Jackson. Former Jets QB, Mark Sanchez isn’t their answer at back up. I think Michael Vick would have been an awesome back up and could instantly come into a game and the Eagles wouldn’t miss a beat. Getting FS Malcolm Jenkins to patrol center-field coupled with CB Nolan Carroll and FS Chris Maragos adds immediate depth and upgrades a porous secondary. First round draft pick DE Marcus Lawrence should help them on defense and WRs Jordan Mathews and Josh Huff will look to fill the shoes of DeSean Jackson. I think the Eagles will regret the DeSean Jackson and Vick releases and regress to an 8-8 schedule and may make the wild card but the Redskins own the NFC East now and no much anyone else is going to do to change that.
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