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.
This is yet another “bizarro” season in the NFL but it is in a different way than it was last season when random bad teams were trashing good teams. Now, there is a lot of unexpected news coming out of different NFL cities and the stories may not be explained any time soon.
The NFL is full of the expected and also the unexpected, and all of them can be quite entertaining. The rare and unusual though; those are the things that add to the excitement of the NFL, and the Sunday action of week nine brought about three rare happenings that keep it thrilling.
There were a large number of injuries in Week 7 of the 2013 NFL season, and some of them proved to be quite serious. Some teams are really worried though because a few of the injuries happened to back-up players that were already filling in for injured starters.
Lots of changes need to be made for some teams in the NFL, and it all will depend on what is best for the immediate future. Two teams are looking at quarterback situations that could very well help their seasons while one team is doing so well that they are breaking noise records.
Week 5 of the NFL saw a number of big-time things happen, and not all of them were good. A few teams suffered some setbacks and those include injuries that could greatly affect the team’s immediate future.
Michael Vick is done for the year. The San Francisco 49ers have a QB battle going on as the playoffs near. Bob Costas is advocating gun control on a live television broadcast. What the heck is going on in the NFL?
Injuries can often call for NFL teams to make a change at a big time position like quarterback, but that could be only temporary. It is the “being benched” part of things that quarterbacks need to fear and it could happen on a few teams soon.