2013 NFL Power Rankings Countdown: #23 Philadelphia Eagles

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I have noticed the sentiment out there that there isn't much difference between the teams from about 15-26 and I agreed with that. Every ranking from here to number 15 is really just splitting hairs. The NFC East gets tons of hype every single year and since I'm on the west coast, you won't see that from me. The NFC East is severely limited in talent, but not on pride or arrogance.

Chip Kelly has his work cut out for him, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Everything will depend on how quickly he can install his style of offense.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (2012 Record: 4-12)

The Eagles draft was pretty meh for me up until the beginning of Day 3 when the jumped ahead to select Matt Barkley, thus saving him from Oakland Raider purgatory. To me, it looks like new boss Chip Kelly plans to roll with Michael Vick this year and groom Barkley to replace Vick in 2014. I think this is the right move and I also think Matt Barkley is destined to succeed in the NFL - especially since he was stolen away from the Raiders.

In comparison to previous USC quarterbacks, Barkley is superior in every way. You look at his down season that caused his draft stock fall from Top 5 to Day 3 and I attribute it more to a horrible coaching staff and surrounding talent. You put top tier talent around any quarterback and you'll end up with Matt Leinart's and Mark Sanchez's on your team.

I still think this team has some talent deficiencies, especially on the defensive side of the ball and it will take a year for this team to really start to implement the new regime's scheme.

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