When Andy Reid was finally fired as head coach and Vice President of Player Personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles after a 4-12 season, he left behind a weakened infrastructure. Regardless of scheme, there was no way the next guy could come in and go to war with just the leftovers.
Enter Chip Kelly, who not only replaced Reid on the sideline but also promised to bring his revolutionary offense from the University of Oregon to the NFL while overhauling the Birds’ defensive scheme to a 3-4—so basically, the exact opposite of everything that had gone on over the previous 14 seasons. How was he going to do it?
Obviously the Eagles were saddled with some prime draft position after such an abysmal season, which would certainly go a long way toward the rebuilding process. That alone wasn’t going to get the job done though, so the front office had to go out and not necessarily spend big bucks, but rather, grab as much free-agent talent as they could in an effort to buy time.
That, in a nutshell, is the story of the 2013 Eagles, as they are just buying time for Chip to implement his program.
The organization had a productive draft, with all of their first five selections making contributions already this season. Free agency was fruitful as well, producing a number of players that have made an impact.
Yet, as always, no team has a 100 percent success rate. The Eagles managed to overhaul their roster in one offseason, but not every choice has worked out according to plan. With that, let’s examine the high-profile moves the Birds made this offseason and how they’re producing at the 2013 season’s midway point.