The start of organized team activities means the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2014 season is less than three months away. Last year’s surprise 10-6 performance earned the Birds an NFC East title and a home playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.
This year, expectations are high that the Eagles will be even better. Nick Foles is in his first offseason as the official starting quarterback for the franchise. The offensive line is stacked, and even after losing DeSean Jackson, All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy is as talented a player as there is in this league.
The defense will be the make-or-break unit of the season, and coordinator Billy Davis will have to coax another strong season out of a group that overachieved a year ago. The key will be whether up-and-coming players like Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks and Brandon Boykin can continue maturing.
Season expectations will undoubtedly change as the offseason progresses. A key injury here or there could alter the entire outlook for the team, as it did last year when Jeremy Maclin went down or two summers ago when Jason Peters tore his Achilles tendon. For now, here are seven bold predictions for the Eagles’ season.