2014 Record: 10-6, missed playoffs, 2-3 in last five
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1st: 13th in DVOA* overall offense (15th pass, 13th rush) | 10th in DVOA* overall defense (18th pass, 7th run)
2nd: DVOA suggests the Eagles were decent — top-12-ish — at stopping wide receiver ones and twos. But only one team allowed more passing yards per game to WR1s (10.1 pass attempts per game, 84.2 yards per game) and they tied for second in yards allowed to WR2s (7.5, 71), according to Football Outsiders’ defense vs. receiver types chart.
3rd: Key loss: WR LeSean McCoy | Key addition: WR DeMarco Murray
4th: Every year I’m intrigued by a handful of Eagles players dating back to Donovan McNabb’s rookie season. This year I’m excited to see how both current and former Eagles perform in this Age of Chip Kelly. So, McCoy is in Buffalo, Murray is in Philadelphia. The quarterback is Sam Bradford, unless it’s Mark Sanchez. And it’s not like Crazy Chip’s going to let us know. I found it interesting the Eagles were ranked so low in DVOA. The Chiefs, with their anemic passing offense, rank higher overall, passing and rushing. The Eagles call a lot of plays and fail on quite a few, so DVOA may not be the best statistic to rate them with. On the defensive side, the Eagles moved McCoy to get Kiko Alonso who is probably the most complete linebacker on the squad, with DeMeco Ryans likely slowed down by injury and age. Fletcher Cox is a force on one of the best defensive lines in the game. But the offense runs plays so fast the defense spends more time on the field than others in the NFL. It’ll be interesting to see if the Eagles slow down a bit with their three-headed monster running back unit — also featuring former star Charger Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, who scored six TDs for the Eagles last season.
*Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a Football Outsiders’ advanced NFL metric, measures a team’s performance on a per-play basis. The metric attempts to limit variance and provides a more realistic measurement of how good a team is regardless of matchup or situation, making it a strong indicator of future success. Read more about DVOA.