When the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to be their head coach on Jan. 11, it was widely presumed to be the beginning of an arduous rebuilding process. How many people believed way back then that the franchise had just positioned itself to go from worst to first?
It turns out Kelly was the perfect man for the job, as he took the remnants of a 4-12 club and got every man in the locker room to buy into his philosophy. From conditioning programs to schemes, Chip reshaped the way the Eagles did everything.
They went from being a collection of individuals to a team—a playoff team, for that matter.
The postseason begins this Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, as the Eagles host the New Orleans Saints, and expectations are high. But before we begin looking forward, let’s take one last look back on a memorable 2013 campaign for a little refresher on how the Birds got here in the first place.