As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to open training camp on Friday, July 25, all eyes turn to Chip Kelly heading into his second season on the sidelines. But as Kelly has admitted on numerous occasions himself, the NFL is a players’ league, and a head coach is only going to do as well as his roster is good.
So as the Birds look to improve upon a 10-6 season and first-round playoff exit, Kelly went about trying to upgrade his squad during the offseason. The question is, were his improvements enough?
One way to reach that conclusion is to look at the Eagles’ top additions, so we did just that, while also attempting to figure which upgrades were best. As far as how these rankings will work, to begin with, any position that was not upgraded over the offseason is excluded. The remaining positions are listed in descending order, from least to greatest impact of the upgrades.
Of course, Howie Roseman is still the general manager, but you can see coach and front office are working hand in hand because Kelly’s fingerprints are all over the roster. “Bigger people beat up little people” and the value of special teams aren’t just mantras in Philly—they guide personnel decisions.
Are they guiding the Eagles in the right direction?