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Two years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were a playoff team at 10-6. The Chip Kelly era was off to a good start as the team found their starting quarterback, Nick Foles, and still had electric offensive weapons, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin. Last year, a string of injuries and inconsistent play led the Eagles to a disappointing year. Although they had the same record as the year before, they ended up missing the postseason. Since then, head coach Chip Kelly has completely overhauled his team on both sides of the ball. Maybe Kelly thought that the current group of players had gone as far as they could, but making the kind of bold moves that he made this past offseason is risky.

Starting with the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles traded starting quarterback Nick Foles and picks to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. This trade was seen as questionable considering that Bradford is coming off of two straight years of season ending injuries. Although Bradford may have the higher ceiling, the risk in this trade is very strong, even if the Eagles have a proven backup, Mark Sanchez. The other big transaction this offseason was the trade of LeSean McCoy. The team traded McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Alonso, a former Oregon Duck under Kelly, had a good first year with Buffalo before tearing his ACL last summer. Although they traded their star running back, the thought was that maybe the Eagles felt that they could survive without having one of the best running backs in the league. This thought, however, was not the case, as the Eagles later signed running back DeMarco Murray to fill the void left by McCoy.

The Eagles also let wide receiver Jeremy Maclin go as he signed with his old coach in Kansas City. The team decided to fill this void in the draft by selecting Nelson Agholor out of USC in the first round. Kelly also made moves to revamp the defensive backfield. One of those moves was to not resign cornerback Bradley Fletcher and also trade cornerback Brandon Boykin. Although the Boykin trade occurred recently, Kelly decided to fill this void through the draft as well by selecting cornerback Eric Rowe out of Utah in the second round.

Only time will tell if Kelly’s moves will work out for the Eagles. If the overhaul works the way the team hopes, then Kelly will be praised as a genius. If the moves do not work out, then there is a chance that Kelly will be on the hot seat at some point this season. The moves that he made are very extreme which makes this year very important for him. If anything, we should expect Kelly’s Eagles to be a very interesting team this year and Kelly’s acquisitions will be right in the middle of the intrigue.

Colby Gatz covers the NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15

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