Photo credit: Keith Allison
Author: Jon Kuzma
The Philadelphia Eagles are back on track after a big win last weekend against the Buffalo Bills. The win pushes Philly one step closer to the postseason and winning the NFC East division. The Eagles are currently in a three way tie for first place of that division along with the Giants and Redskins who are all sitting at 6-7 on the year. A loss Sunday would of been a big set back for Chip Kelly and company however the Eagles were able to edge out a close fourth quarter victory 23-20. Chip Kelly keeps the naysayers off his back for another week, who have been challenging the coaches tendencies lately. After making several bold offseason moves Kelly has seen his support wane in the Philadelphia area. There have even been talks of Kelly returning to the college level after the season finishes up. While Kelly has put those rumors to rest stating that he enjoys “the pro lifestyle” it’s still important to note that he must produce in order for his employers to feel the need to retain the coaches services. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has praised Kelly but that could all change if the Eagles fail to make the postseason. The NFL is a win now league and every head coach is on a very short leash. When it comes down to it though, Kelly knows how to coach the game of football. Whatever level he is coaching at is truthfully irrelevant. A great coach such as Kelly will adapt to his situation and reposition himself for success. He has done that by slowly building the team to match his vision. Nelson Agholor who was drafted during Kelly’s tenure scored his first touchdown Sunday and had his best day as a pro. The rookie out of USC is being depended on by the Eagles and they are hopeful he can be a big contributor heading into the future. Even Sam Bradford looked serviceable in the Bills match up. Bradford threw for 247 yards and 1 touchdown. Doing enough to bring home the win for the Eagles. It’s additions like this that might not provide huge returns right away but are providing enough return to keep the Eagles in the playoff picture. The jury is still out whether Kelly will be hailed or hated by Eagles fans. Yet every win brings him a step closer to success and the postseason.
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