Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown
15. Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East)
2013 Record: 10-6
Head coach: Chip Kelly – Kelly started his NFL coaching career 3-5 in his first eight games as Eagles head coach. But then he rebounded and went 7-1 in his final 8 games to win the NFC East title. This coincided with Nick Foles taking over as the starting quarterback for the Eagles, and Kelly slowed down the break neck pace the Eagles began the season playing at, creating longer possessions. Which also gave their defense more time to rest.
Best offensive player: LeSean McCoy, running back – LeSean McCoy is one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the NFL. He’s a perfect fit for the Eagles offense with his skills not only as a runner, but also a receiver out of the backfield. McCoy should put up big numbers again this season for the Eagles.
Best defensive player: DeMeco Ryans, inside linebacker – DeMeco Ryans led the Eagles in tackles last season with 127. He also added 4 sacks and 2 interceptions on a very good year. Ryans is great against the run and he has gotten better in pass coverage as well, which has made him a more complete linebacker in the Eagles system.
Rising Star: Nick Foles, quarterback – Foles caught fire in the middle of last season in week 9 against the Oakland Raiders, throwing for an NFL record 7 touchdown passes, and he never looked back from there. Leading the NFL in quarterback rating, throwing 27 TD’s and only 2 interceptions in only his second season.
Best new addition: Malcolm Jenkins, safety – I like the Eagles signing of Darren Sproles, but I have to go with Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins has been a solid starter for the four seasons he was with the New Orleans Saints, and he should provide some stability for the Eagles which is something they have lacked at safety for a while.
Biggest offseason loss: DeSean Jackson, wide receiver – Chip Kelly doesn’t seem to think cutting Jackson will hurt the Ealges offense very much, but we’ll see. It may not be so much about what the Eagles don’t have in Jackson, as opposed to what the Washington Redskins have gained that may end up being the bigger problem for the Eagles.
Biggest strength: The Eagles biggest strength is their running back position. In addition to having the talented LeSean McCoy to attack defenses with, the Eagles now have acquired free agent running back Darren Sproles. Sproles is one of the most versatile backs in the league, and should help provide a tremendous one-two punch for the Eagles. NFL Power Rankings
Biggest weakness: The Eagles biggest weakness is depth at wide receiver. The Eagles starters of Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are very good, they also drafted wide receiver Jordan Matthews in the second round. However, if one of them should get injured for an extended amount of time, the Eagles depth at wide receiver might become a problem. 2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown
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