When you really stop to think about it, the growth the Philadelphia Eagles have displayed from Week 1 to Week 17 in Chip Kelly’s first year on the sidelines is amazing. Lest we forget, this squad had a 3-5 record at the campaign’s midway point.
The Eagles finished the regular season about as strong one can in the NFL, winning seven of their last eight and defeating the division rival Cowboys in Dallas in the final game of the year. It’s almost as if Chip switched rosters with a good team somewhere along the way.
That would be ridiculous, of course. Chalk up the improvement to great coaching, nothing more. Now, with the regular season complete, let’s grade the club's progress.
In this special edition of our Eagles report card, I’ll be scoring each individual position on the same fairly simple criteria I use for the weekly grades. “A” is elite, “B” is good, “C” is average, “D” is passable and “F” is a complete failure to execute.
I’m pleased to announce that I didn’t have to go too deep into the alphabet very often.
One last thing to keep in mind while you peruse: Note how many players are 20-something years old or recent draft picks. A lot of these guys still have their best football ahead of them—a great sign for the future of the franchise.