It was the offense that predictably stole the show during Chip Kelly's first year as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Led by Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy, the Eagles ranked fourth in the NFL with 442 points scored—a franchise single-season record.
However, it was the defense that flew under the radar throughout the season, especially in the final three months.
The Eagles allowed 382 points, ranking them 17th in scoring defense. Essentially, they were an average defense, and before the start of the season, that would have been considered a major success.
After capturing the NFC East title in Kelly's first year as coach, the Eagles are poised for greatness in 2014. With that said, it's not the offense that will be the key to the season. After all, everybody knows the offense will be among the best in the game.
It's the defense that will make or break the 2014 season for the franchise.
Can the Eagles take the next step to becoming an above-average defense, will they remain an average defense or will they take a step back, which would undoubtedly hurt the team's growth for the future?
The following slides will review all 11 defensive positions, giving a breakdown of the projected starter and depth chart for the 2014 season.