The Eagles went from being able to wrap up a second straight NFC East crown at home to three weeks later being locked out of the postseason fun. The Eagles won 10 games, but will have nothing more to show for it. It never should have come to this.
A season of transition brought a new coach with a breath of fresh air and a new identity as a team. There were adjustments along the way as Chip Kelly adjusted to life as an NFL coach after serving an entire career at the college level, but his players bought in to the mentality Kelly introduced to them and fought their way to an NFC East division title few saw coming before the season started.
Chip Kelly engineered a dramatic change in his first season as Philadelphia’s coach.
The Detroit Lions slipped and slid plenty in the snow at Philadelphia. Maybe it was fitting.
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham studied up on what Kelly has been doing in his brief time so far with the Eagles. Then he dug deeper.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz offered one obvious antidote to Philadelphia’s fast-paced offense, which his Lions will try to contain this weekend.