About Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles was established in 1933 and with exception of 1943 year when the team was jointly named Philadelphia-Pittsburgh “Steagles” (a merged team due to a loss of many young men serving in military services) there was no other major changes to the franchise.
They won three championships, all before Super Bowl era, appeared in two Super Bowls though, losing both contests.
The team’s colours are Midnight Green, Silver, Black and White and their mascot is Swoop, representing an American bald eagle. The Eagles are members of NFC East division and have long histories of heated rivalries with its divisional foes, Cowboys, Redskins and Giants. Especially the competition against Giants takes the front pages as Sports Illustrated ranked it fourth all-time NFL rivalries.
Head coaching duties are done by Chip Kelly who also has general manager powers within the team. Kelly known mainly as a collegiate coach who had some tremendous results with University of Oregon joined the franchise in 2013 and took the team through a process of rebuilding.
He traded for AP NFL Rookie of the Year 2010, Sam Bradford to quarterback the team. Bradford holds the NFL record for most completions and also for most consecutive passes without an interception by a rookie, 354 and 169 respectively.
To allow Bradford run his system, Kelly also managed to lure in a little committee of running backs in last two years. Firstly joined Darren Sproles in 2014. He led the NFL in all-purpose yards in 2011, not to mention his big impact on special teams honoured three times in last two year with Special Team Player of the Year awards.
Next one to join were the duo DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews who signed with the franchise in 2015.
Murray holds NFL record of 8 straight games with 100+ rushing yards, he led the league in rushing and co-led in rushing touchdowns which earned him AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award in 2014. Mathews led the NFL with six 100-yard games in 2013 when playing for Chargers. Yes it does look that the team will rely on running the ball more than passing.
Defensively, the most notable addition in last season was Super Bowl cornerback Byron Maxwell who was part of the so famous “legion of boom” in Seahawks secondary winning the championship.
There’s not many big names in the Eagles but youth and potential can’t be missed in the league where players above age of 30 years old are considered quite old.