The identity of the Philadelphia Eagles heading into next season is anything but clear.
The Birds can no longer hang their hat on Jim Johnson's defense, they can't out-smart their opponents with screens and draw plays and they aren't going to beat you with the deep ball. For all intents and purposes, the Eagles are a team in transition that is looking for an identity.
In the past, being a Philadelphia Eagle meant being a loser—until Andy Reid became the team's head coach. At the beginning of his tenure, Reid and his coaches changed the culture of the team and developed a perennial 10-win franchise. Being an Eagle then meant being a hard-worker with skills. However, it also meant being an underachiever.
We know that the Eagles' new head coach, Chip Kelly, is going to run some semblance of the offense he ran while he was the head coach at Oregon: a fast-paced, quick, all-out offensive attack. There's no better proof of this than reports that Kelly has been looking into acquiring Dennis Dixon (h/t CSN Philly), who was one of his quarterbacks at Oregon, as a backup quarterback.
So, what will it mean to be a Philadelphia Eagle in the future?
Undoubtedly, the city will want hard workers who accept responsibility for their shortcomings. The city always appreciates sports figures who "leave it all on the field" and play as hard as they can with the time that they have.
Chip Kelly's approach to the game is one that requires a lot of hard work. Going up and down the field offensively at the pace Kelly is most likely going to want will require his players to be in peak physical condition. Defensively, you will have to be a hard worker to play, and we saw what happened when players gave up last season.
All of this considered, what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle in the future could change dramatically. Being an Eagle could mean being a fast, powerful, quick-thinking dynamo who leaves it all on the field.
The following slideshow will outline 10 players that will be availabe in the upcoming NFL draft who exemplify these traits exceptionally well.