We’re only one year in to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Chip Kelly experiment, but it’s safe to say his NFL head-coaching debut was a success. In his first season after making the jump from the University of Oregon to the pros, all Chip did was take a 4-12 franchise and lead them to a 10-6 record, division championship and playoffs.
Given all the parity that exists in the league today, more and more teams are doing what the Birds did, going from worst to first. Often, a coaching change is what sparks that turnaround, but it’s always about more than any one man or group.
In the Eagles’ case, it was a total team effort. It was players who were leftover from the Andy Reid era. It was offseason additions from free agency and the draft. It was the coaching staff, schemes and programs Kelly assembled when he arrived in Philadelphia.
Everything made an impact, and in truth, it all started with Chip.
If we look beyond just the person under the headset, though, we can start to identify exactly what steps were taken that remedied the situation. What were the specific reasons that caused the turnaround, and which ones were the most vital to their success? We explored and ranked the most important.