There’s plenty of reasons to be excited about the Eagles and the upcoming 2015 season. It looks like a down year in the NFC, with the favorites Green Bay battling key injuries (loss of Pro Bowl wide receiver Gordy Nelson) and Seattle trying figure out a Pro Bowl holdout (Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor).
The Birds number one goal should be focused on getting better each week. They are a young team that has a lot to learn. They’ve got a tremendous amount of talent and plenty of room to grow and improve. This young football team wants to be playing the best football at the end of the season and hopefully in the playoffs.
The next goal should be winning the NFC East. That means beating up the only other team that I think can battle the Birds for the NFC Title is the Dallas Cowboys. They must beat the Cowboys in the second game of the season.
Their third goal should be having the best regular season in the NFC, so they can get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
There’s only one goal after getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs and that’s getting to and winging the Super Bowl.
I think this offensive group can average over 30 points a game because they’re talented enough to do it and Chip Kelly is a step or two ahead of the league’s defenses right now. The league defensive coordinators will catch up with him in the near future, so the the Birds should be going after a Super Bowl title this year, if they stay healthy.
Quarterback Sam Bradford looked great in training camp and the preseason games, but he’s going to need to find ways to win, when he’s not at his best. He should throw for over 35 touchdowns this year, which will make him a Pro Bowl quarterback and help the Eagles to win their division. He would need to average two touchdown passes a game, which is well within his reach, when you think how potent they could be.
The key will be the running game. If they can run the football, it’s going to make Bradford better and just as important, it’s going to make the defense better. If the Eagles can run the football effectively, which they should be able to do, it’s going to make them at least an 11 win team.
They have the horses to get the job done. DeMarco Murray looks primed and ready to go. Ryan Mathews has to be the best the running back in the NFL that’s not starting. Don’t be surprised if he has a better year from a yards per carry standpoint than Murray. Darren Sproles is the best 3rd down back in the game and he is also one of the NFL’s best of punt returners.
Of course the Eagles offensive will play a key role in this season. There number one job will be to open holes for the running game because a good running game will make their pass blocking easier. I want Chip Kelly and Pat Shurmur to resist the temptation to get away from their running game. If their passing game gets going and they making big plays through the air, it’s easy to start throwing the ball play after play. That will allow defenses to focus on rushing the passer and it will get Bradford hit more often and possibly injured.
Running the ball is going to allow Bradford to throw the ball without pressure in his face. It’s going to let him play without getting hit very much. His ability to read defenses very quickly and get the ball out of his hands with precision accuracy, puts the Eagles in the Super Bowl hunt.
I want to see the young wide receiver corps of Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, get better each week as the season progresses. I don’t mind them making some mistakes, but I want to see them learn from their mistakes and avoid repeating them