Like most NFL franchises, the Philadelphia Eagles have their eyes trained on the Super Bowl this season. Coming off a 10-6 season and an NFC East title in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach, the vibe surrounding the team is largely optimistic, from the players inside the locker room to talk-radio callers and internet commentators.
The positive energy is only natural this time of year for all but the most hopeless teams and their faithful followers, but let’s be real. Every squad has been trying to plug a few leaks this summer—and the Eagles are no different.
I know a lot of folks are feeling good about the Birds after their starters and backups ran up a 24-0 lead on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ top units in the third exhibition game, considered the final tune-up for the regular season. However, it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows for Philly during the preseason. The team has experienced its share of disappointments.
Luckily, it's not been too many, and even some of the so-called disappointments are more of a testament to the kind of depth the front office has built up in the short period of time since Kelly’s arrival. Then again, if you’re going to talk about the Eagles’ chances to finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy come February, it all starts with an honest assessment of what could be better.