After ending the 2014 season with a 10-6 record, the Philadelphia Eagles were involved in three of the biggest deals over the course of the offseason. Head coach Chip Kelly swapped out quarterback Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, traded stud running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso and signed former Dallas Cowboy’s workhorse Demarco Murray to the backfield. Fans and Eagles’ ticket holders are all wondering if Kelly is an evil genius or a madman, and the only way to find out is to watch the 2015 season unfold.
Last season, the Eagles were fifth in total offense with their high-speed run first spread attack which is designed to confuse opposing teams. They will most likely return to that method with Murray getting the bulk of the carries and newcomer Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles sharing the remainder of the work load. Under center, Bradford is a big question mark when it comes to durability as the talented quarterback has played a total of seven games in the past two seasons due to injury. He will be without their former top receiver Jeremy Maclin who signed with the Chiefs over the offseason and will be relying on second year wideout Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper and 2015 draft pick Nelson Agholor who is speedy with good hands.
Defensively, the Eagles have ample room for improvement over their 2014 performance. They ended the season 28th in overall defense and are counting on Kiko Alonso to be healthy and contribute in 2015. The corner position received an upgrade with the acquisition of Byron Maxwell who was a strong contributor to the Seattle Seahawks for the past few seasons. Philadelphia will retain the same defensive front with the trio of Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan and Cedric Thornton. Cox is one of the premier 3-4 lineman in the league and the other two are solid when it comes to
The Eagles schedule has a favorable start with five of their first six opponents not making the playoffs in 2014. They do have a tough stretch towards the end of the season so will need to take care of business early on to increase their post season chances. With a wide open NFC East, this year should be an exciting one, so be sure to purchase those Philadelphia Eagles tickets and head down to catch them in action all season long.