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Will Kelly Get His Second Division Title In 2015?

ChipKelly21Winning the NFC East is a must in year three of the Chip Kelly era. 2014 ended in disappointing fashion, which led to a roster shakeup rarely seen by a team over the course of a single off-season.

Players were acquired via trade or signed in free, talented but also with injury history. Chip is gambling, hoping that the cards turn over in his favor. A game within a game, how the mind works for Chip, drawing the attention of local and national media with his unorthodox approach.

He may warrant intrigue; but at some point winning has to be the result or the entertainment value decreases in worth.

I look at all of the changes the other three NFC East teams made in the off-season. I compare those to the overhaul the Eagles went through, factoring in the concept that it could be either Bradford or Sanchez starting the majority of games this season.

My initial thoughts; the Cowboys are the team the Eagles will chase, but don’t count out the Giants.

Minus the loss of Murray at running back, the Cowboys arguably came away with three first round picks from the 2015 draft. They “improved” their offensive line which was already one of the best units in the NFL. They improved in all three phases of their defense. A running back by committee will likely be their approach, and they still have Dez Bryant, a challenge awaiting the new Eagles secondary. I like Dallas finishing with nine wins on the season, good for third place in the division.

The Giants have one of the best young wide receivers in the game, added Vereen to their depth at running back and the change in offensive philosophy had Eli Manning playing well after an initial slow start to the season. The Giants have won two Super Bowls with their current head coach, and I expect a bounce back year after a forgettable 2014. I like the Giants finishing with ten wins this season, second place in the division, and it will come down to some tie breakers to see if they get one of the wildcard spots.

The Redskins focused on getting “nastier” in the trenches, although their quarterback situation limits what the team can do. Even with the upgrades the team made in free agency and the draft, I feel there is some disconnect between quarterback and coach and a lack of talent ay several positions. I’ll bump their win total up to seven games this season, finishing in last place in the NFC East.

As for the Eagles, I’m giving them eleven wins for the season which earns them a second divisional title under Chip Kelly. Unlike Maxwell, a trip to the Super Bowl is something I can’t picture; we are still very far away from matching the level of the Packers and Seahawks.

Jeff Kolsky

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June 3, 2015 10:05 am

Kills me to admit it but barring injury the Cowboys are a 10+ win team. Giants will be improved but will lose the battle up front on offense and defense and will likely go 8-8; maybe 9-7.

I agree a divisional title is the goal, but I think making the playoffs by any means remains the #1 goal for this team.

June 3, 2015 11:46 am

don’t forget they get Sean Lee back who is arguably the best player on that defense

June 3, 2015 12:38 pm
Reply to  Jeff Kolsky

Cowboys Defense Much Improved

Secondary is Best in NFC East by a mile
Starters CB’s B Carr & O Scandrick – Safeties – B Church & JJ Wilcox
Nickel CB’s Morris Claiborne , Byron Jones & Corey White

Front 4 will have Greg Hardy,Demarco Lawrence, J Mincey & Randy Gregory all Rotating at DE with N Hayden, J Crawford & T Crawford in at DT

LB’s will be R McClain in MLB and S Lee & A Hitchens at OLB
with K Wilber & K Rivers as Back-ups

DC R Marinelli makes the most of his Defense and their Front 4 Collectively will apply Pressure to the QB which is what his Defense is all about and as long as their Safeties stay healthy and hold up, they are adequate to keep them in Ballgames for their Offense

June 3, 2015 12:45 pm

NFC East Predictions

1) Cowboys 10-6
2) Giants 9-7
3) EAGLES 8-8
4) Redskins 6-10

After the 2015 Season
Eagles Fire DC BIlly Davis and Chip Kelly Names Nick Aliotti as DC
(Aliotti was the DC at U Of Oregon under Kelly)

Players who leave in Free-Agency (M Kendricks, B Boykin, R Cooper)
Players who Retire – (Sam Bradford,Jason Peters & Darren Sproles)

June 3, 2015 12:51 pm

With the 17th Pick of the 2016 NFL Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles Select OT Spencer Drango of Baylor

June 3, 2015 2:35 pm
Reply to  paulman

How is Spencer Drango’s back going to hold up this upcoming season? There will be a lot more better talent on the board at 17 then Drango. Let’s see what happens with the QB situation first.

June 3, 2015 3:17 pm
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

Didn’t Danny Watkins play at Baylor Also…. Good Grief…
Chip Kelly said he is not concerned with Drango’s Back and that his Sports Science Team will get him up to speed in no time, besides, Chip says
he likes the name Spencer Drango and reminds him of some old Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn Movie of Years gone by…

June 3, 2015 6:07 pm
Reply to  Jeff Kolsky

Eagles change their 17th Pick to OT Taylor Decker of Ohio State
or Safety Jaylen Ramsey of Fla State

June 3, 2015 6:12 pm
Reply to  paulman

so far on june 3 2015 fraudman has 3 predicted names for a first round pick– by next may there will at least 100 guesses for that first pick– if one of the 100 picks he will brag about getting it right…. he won’t mention the other 99…

June 3, 2015 8:34 pm
Reply to  paulman

Jaylen Ramsey is a flat out stud…

June 3, 2015 11:25 pm

Ramsey won’t last until 17.

June 4, 2015 8:05 am
Reply to  Biglion821

Big…you’re right about that, Ramsey is definitely top 15 talent wise.