7 Ways Chip Kelly Can Avoid a Sophomore Slump in 2014-15

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7 Ways Chip Kelly Can Avoid a Sophomore Slump in 2014-15
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Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach was a smashing success. He took a Philadelphia Eagles team that went 4-12 the previous year to 10 wins and a division title

Along the way, Kelly implemented a new fitness regime and transitioned the defense to a 3-4 scheme. He made a midseason switch to his backup quarterback and rode the second-year player to a late-season surge and a series of consecutive wins over potential playoff teams.

The Eagles seem to be set as the class of the NFC East. The New York Giants and Washington Redskins took a step back in 2013, while the Dallas Cowboys are mired in annual mediocrity. Factor in that Philadelphia has most of its key players under contract for next season, and Eagles fans should be expecting a repeat division crown.

Kelly will want to be careful not to undergo a sophomore slump. There’s no guarantee of anything in the National Football League. The Washington Redskins proved that by going from 10 wins and an up-and-coming franchise in 2012 to a meager three wins in ’13. For Kelly to duplicate his first-year success, he will need to ensure the following seven things occur.

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