Doing my Predicted Win-Loss Series(Here), I realized how useless specific predictions are. So, here I am, writing what I like to consider the spiritual successor to my now dead Win-Loss Series(I only did five teams).
So, hello and welcome to my best and worse case scenarios for the Philadelphia Eagles. Below, I have listed what I believe to be the best and worst case 2014 seasons for the Eagles. Now, any team can be terrible or great (ex. the Jaguars could go 11-5 next year, or the Broncos could go 6-10), so I listed both realistic and and unrealistic(but still possible) scenarios below. Enjoy!
Worst Case Scenarios:
The Eagles are kind of hard to decipher right now. This is mostly because we don't know what we have in Nick Foles:
Nick Foles, 2012: 6 GS, 60.8 comp. %, 1,699 yds, 6 tds, 5 ints*
Nick Foles, 2013: 10 GS, 64.0 comp. %, 2,891 yds, 27 tds, 2 ints*
While he has never been terrible, he wasn't great in 2012, but he was in 2013. I find this most likely the fault of Chip Kelly's offensive system. This could be bad news, because when defensive coordinators figure out Kelly's offense, they could also figure out Foles. If Foles takes a step back in 2014, or he gets injured, it could open the door for this season to happen. Of course, there would have to be other factors, such as the defense failing and a few key injuries. If all this happens, the Eagles could be shot right back down to the basement of the NFC.
If EVERYTHING falls apart, and I mean almost everything, the Eagles could be picking first in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Best Case Scenarios:
Realistic: 13-3; Super Bowl win
Now, if Nick Foles turns out to be the real deal, something like this could happen in 2014. If the Chip Kelly system turns out to be uncrackable, the offense should be just as good or even better then it was in 2013. A record like this usually requires a decent defense, though.
Eagles' 2013 defensive ranks:
Passing: 32nd Rushing: 10th Points: 17th Total Yards: 29th^
The Eagles will definitely need to improve in the secondary in 2014 if they want this to be a productive defense. They signed Malcolm Jenkins(2 ints, 5 PD) and Nolan Carroll(3 ints, 12 PD) in the offseason, but only Jenkins looks to be a starter come this season. If they improve on defense and maintain their offensive success, along with some luck, they could win a Super Bowl in 2014.
Unrealistic: 15-1; Super Bowl win
This would require a lot to go right next season. First and foremost, the team has to remain healthy throughout the season. Next, the offense has to at least as good as 2013, probably better. Also, the defense MUST be at least top 15. Finally, they need a lot of luck. Even the best teams need a lot of lucky breaks to reach 15 wins, let alone win a Super Bowl.
Well, there you have it, the best and worst case scenarios for the Eagles in the 2014 season. If you are interested, head over to the other team's blogs to see their best and worst case scenarios for 2014. If you agree or disagree with me, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!
*= Stats from Pro-Football-Reference.com
^= Stats from NFL.com