The Good News
Chip Kelly leaving the University of Oregon to replace Andy Reid is seen as a godsend in Philadelphia. It very well may be.
Kelly's up-tempo style of football will definitely be unique, and it just might be explosive enough to catch every NFL defense off-guard. Heading into the season, no one knows what to expect from Kelly's offense, which might be its biggest strength.
The Eagles have talent...the players just haven't performed up to their abilities lately. That's good news for Kelly, who excelled at Oregon in getting the most out of his players. If he can coach up the wide receivers, there's enough talent on the offensive line and the defensive front seven to make noise.
The defense will be led by the 3-4 pass-rushing skills of Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin and mainstays like Fletcher Cox and Trent Cole. With De'Meco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks at inside linebacker, the defense doesn't lack speed.
Expectations are all over the map for this team, but the good news is that Kelly has the talent around him to succeed.
The Bad News
The bad news, on the other hand, is that Kelly might not have a quarterback or a No. 2 wideout.
Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley will all compete at QB, and as the old saying goes, "When you have two starting quarterbacks, you really have none." It will be up to Kelly to use the preseason to suss out the situation, but it's reasonable to expect a revolving door here all season.
Losing Jeremy Maclin to injury was huge, and potentially losing Riley Cooper to ignorance could also hurt WR depth. DeSean Jackson is solid and Jason Avant is a good slot receiver, but the overall depth could take a kill shot before the season begins.
On defense, the transition to a 3-4 set has left the team with guys like Cole playing out of position, but the team speed should be exciting when attacking the ball. If the new schemes aren't a fit for the personnel, though, Kelly's first big decision could be a failure.