Under a new coach, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised the experts and turned in a strong performance in their season opener Monday night. But after two previous disastrous seasons, fans still have modest hopes for the Birds this season.
"It's been tough," said Marty Egan of Upper Macungie Twp., Lehigh Co.
There have been a lot of tears in fans' beers the last few years.
"Frustrating," said Rich Rheiner of Palmer Twp., Northampton Co. "That's about the only thing I can say."
"They needed a big change," said Larry Kelchner of Bethlehem.
And boy, did the Birds get one in new coach Chip Kelly.
"He's a college coach coming into the pros," said Egan.
Kelly brought his dizzyingly fast offense from the University of Oregon, but questions have lingered about how well it would translate to the NFL.
"I think there's going to be very few seconds between plays," said Mike Guro of Bethlehem.
"Who knows if it's going to work or not?", said Kelchner.
Long-term, nobody knows. Not yet. But if Game One is any indication, things at the Linc could finally be turning around.
"I think they're going to surprise a lot of people," said Egan. "I really do."
Guro wants to see if the Birds can keep it up all season.
"They're going to score a lot of points, but they're going to give up a lot of points," he predicted.
Even after Monday's performance, Rheiner is tempering his hopes.
"I'm expecting no better than 8-8," he said. "That would be fantastic, I think."
Rheiner and other believe, now that other teams have seen Kelly's new offense in action, they will adjust their style of play.