A Monday night home contest against their division rival New York Giants, a Sunday night away game at the currently undefeated Carolina Panthers and after a week off…another Sunday night road tilt against another NFC East rival, the Dallas Cowboys.
All who made the Philadelphia Eagles “America’s New Team” from sheer curiosity when newly-anointed General Manager Chip Kelly blew up an existing roster Head Coach Chip Kelly led to ten wins each of the prior two seasons and replaced it with a combination of players deemed everything from injury-prone to unproven will now get to see how this plays out. We all will get to find out the truth about this team.
“Three things cannot be long hidden…the sun, the moon and the truth.” – Buddha
The 2-3 Eagles defeated a New York Jets squad who were without a starting running back and wide receiver and aided by Jets WR Brandon Marshall’s highly questionable decision to lateral a football to an Eagle. They also defeated a New Orleans Saints team whose quarterback did not have a fully functional throwing motion and a defense who’s Coordinator was openly at odds with the Head Coach…who himself was distracted by his agent helping him look for employment opportunities elsewhere. If noting all this gives you the impression I am not sold on the 2015 Eagles you are correct.
“By doubting we are led to question…by questioning we arrive at the truth.” – Peter Abelard
This team’s season will now play out for better or worse across the country over the next four weeks. It could be very ugly. It could be quite spectacular. No one knows. That’s why they play the games. I want to take a moment to give a shout-out to the fans of Philadelphia who made it clear on sports talk radio this week they were not deceived by the blowout of the Saints. The truth of the horror show that was the home loss to Dallas earlier this season still reverberates in the minds of Eagles fans everywhere and only a strong showing on the “Chip Across America Tour” will wipe that memory from their minds.
“Experience has shown – and a true philosophy will always show – that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.” – Edgar Allan Poe
A little quick math exposes the truth after these next three games Philadelphia’s season will be half-over. Even in what is shaping up as a lackluster NFC East two of these three games are against division opponents. The other game is against a conference opponent. It would be a good idea to win them.
What happens on the national stage will be fascinating to watch. Perhaps no one will be watching more closely than the good folks at USC who you may have heard have a Head Coach opening. Rumors are starting if Kelly’s big swing in upgrading the Philadelphia Eagles turns into the full-on train wreck it looked like early in the year he may decide to bolt back to school. So as if “America’s New Team” didn’t have enough on its plate they can also deal with rumors of Chip Kelly planning an exit strategy while game-planning. Then again…Philadelphia has been dealing with those kinds of rumors since Kelly arrived,..after Chip allegedly said no when first asked to coach here.
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it…but in the end…there it is.” – Winston Churchill
The “Chip Across America Tour” is coming to a television near you.
The truth is it will have a huge audience…as the truth about this team is finally revealed.