For the first time in over a decade, Philadelphia Eagles fans will enter the season expecting their team to fall short of the playoffs.
It's a strange feeling for Eagles fans. Though they never saw their team hoist the Lombardi Trophy under Andy Reid, a postseason berth and usually a win was the norm.
That could all change under new head coach Chip Kelly. The signing of Kelly was one of the biggest signings of the offseason, as general manager Howie Roseman lured the Oregon coach away to the tune of a five-year, $32.5 million contract. That already makes Kelly one of the highest-paid coaches in the league, even though he's never even worked at this level as an assistant.
Kelly will have his hands full in training camp. He still has to pick a quarterback, citing an open competition thus far between Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Kelly is transitioning to a 3-4 defense, one Eagles fans haven't seen in their city for over 25 years. As many as six new players could be starting on defense, and this is for a squad coming off a dismal 4-12 campaign.
It could be a long season for Eagles fans. Then again, Kelly could surprise and lead Philadelphia to a playoff berth right away.