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.
The New Orleans Saints had never won a road playoff game and were often marred by their road woes and the “cold curse.” Temperatures in Philadelphia were down in the twenties and Drew Brees was faltering, but the Saints left it in the hands, or on the foot, of their newest player in Shayne Graham.
A last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
Chip Kelly engineered a dramatic change in his first season as Philadelphia’s coach.
The Detroit Lions face off with the Philadelphia Eagles this week. In the lead up to that contest, a new key offensive contributor finds themselves on the injury report.
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.
The Jets No. 2 man may get the hype, but the only Superman that will save the day coming off the bench is Shaun Hill.
Foles, who transferred from Michigan State before his sophomore season, also is one of 10 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.