Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis, X-Factors, More

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Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis, X-Factors, More
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There hasn’t been so much optimism surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles as a new season is about to kick off in exactly one decade.

In 2004, the Birds were coming off of their third consecutive appearance in the conference title game and had acquired six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens to help get the franchise over the hump and into the Super Bowl.

This time, the Eagles are following a 10-6 record with an NFC East title and first-round playoff exit, and it’s not a player who has galvanized a fanbase or preseason prognosticators.

All of the enthusiasm and excitement can be traced to the Chip Kelly effect, as he looks to build on a successful first season as an NFL head coach.

Sure, some observers harbor reservations about the Eagles as a legitimate contender in 2014. There are doubts at quarterback, at wide receiver and all over the defense.

That being said, there is a strong sense that Kelly has the Eagles headed in the right direction, and in some cases, that anything is possible with Chip.

No matter how great a coach is, though, the game of football still boils down to the ability of the players on the field. The question isn’t whether Kelly can lead Philadelphia to the promised land—it’s can he do it with the roster he’s assembled?

With that in mind, we’re going in depth with all 53 members of the Eagles, examining how these moving parts fit together, who the potential X-factors could be for a possible Super Bowl run and which games on the regular-season schedule will be the proving grounds for this squad.

Has Kelly done the unthinkable and built a championship contender in two short years?

You be the judge.

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