- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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Picking a .500 record seems like a cop-out, but there is precious little to go on as Chip Kelly takes over for Andy Reid in Philadelphia. Will Kelly’s go-go offensive approach work in the NFL? Can Michael Vick thrive again after two years marred by injuries and turnovers? Is the read option a growing trend or have defensive coordinators solved it? Can the Eagles' defense regain respectability even as coordinator Bill Davis shifts from a 4-3 to a 3-4 with mismatched personnel?
That’s way too many big questions to consider the Eagles a likely playoff team. They are, after all, coming off a 4-12 season. But Kelly’s system, facilitated by LT Jason Peters and a healthy offensive line, should be able to put points on the board. One thing is for sure: The Eagles' offensive players are very excited about their potential.
The bigger project is the defense, which was nearly as bad against the run as it was against the pass and clearly needs more talent. Expect some high-scoring games.
While it’s reasonable to expect improvement from 4-12, it’s a stretch to expect a giant leap to double-digit wins. So cop-out? Compromise? Take your pick, but 8-8 it is.
Predicted finish in NFC East: third