The buzz surrounding the Eagles this season has grown by the day thanks to the hiring of new head coach Chip Kelly, whose uptempo offense is predicted to perhaps revolutionize the NFL. Whether thats the case or not, it should be an exciting year for Eagles fans.
The Philadelphia Eagles franchise was established in 1931 by Bert Bell and Lud Wray. They were established as an expansion team along with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the now defunct Cincinnati Reds. The team has enjoyed many successes but has never won a Super Bowl falling in 1980 to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV and again in 2005 against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
The Eagles have had a vast number of Hall of Famers play for them including Chuck Bednarik, Bob Brown, Reggie White, Steve Van Buren, Tommy McDonald, Earle "Greasy" Neale, Pete Pihos, Sonny Jurgensen, and Norm Van Brocklin. Their two biggest rivals are the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The rivalry with the Giants began in 1933 when the Giants beat the Eagles in their first game 56-0. The Giants currently lead the all-time series but some notable games include the Miracle at the Meadowlands in 1978, the Eagles playoff defeat of the Giants in the 2008 playoffs and the second Miracle at the Meadowlands in 2010. The rivalry against the Cowboys started in 1960. While the Cowboys currently lead this series as well, and there is a strong level of hostility between the two teams' fan bases, including incidents such as the 1989 Bounty Bowls and the cheering of Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin when he suffered a career-ending injury in 1999.