Philadelphia Eagles fans have every reason to be extremely excited for the 2014 campaign. Not only was the offense efficient in year one of Chip Kelly's hurry-up offense, it was record setting.
The Birds set all-time franchise records in points scored and total yards gained. Quarterback Nick Foles showed the pocket presence and awareness of a 10-year veteran, finishing with video game totals (27 touchdowns to two interceptions). Running back LeSean McCoy topped the league in rushing and all-purpose yards, and the offensive line was as effective as any unit in the league.
Defensively, the Birds aren't nearly as formidable, although coordinator Billy Davis did a phenomenal job of maximizing the production of his players a year ago. Veteran Trent Cole transitioned well to a 3-4 defense, finishing the season on a sack tear. Secondary is still the team's biggest weakness, and Philadelphia will need top performances from a number of its defensive backs to compete with the best talent in the game.
With the season still three-plus months from starting, here's a glimpse at the top positional units on the team, ranked from worst to best.
This ranking takes into strong consideration both the 2013 player performances and what can be expected this coming season. Special teams are a unique unit, so this will focus exclusively on the offense (broken down into quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive line) and defense (defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties).