The Philadelphia Eagles were the definition of overachievers this season. A first-year head coach in Nick Sirianni and first-year starter in Jalen Hurts wasn’t exactly a combination toward a playoff appearance over the summer, but that’s exactly where the Eagles ended up through some in-season adjustments by the coach and improvement from the quarterback.
Sirianni turned the Eagles into the No. 1 rush offense in the NFL, the catalyst toward Philadelphia rallying from a 2-5 start into a 7-3 finish and a spot in the NFC playoffs. Not only was Sirianni the lone first-year head coach to make the playoffs this year, but he was the first head coach to take a team from 2-5 to the playoffs in his first year since Frank Reich in 2018.
Hurts completed 61.3% of his passes for 3,144 yards with 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions for an 87.2 rating on the year, and he’s just the second quarterback in Eagles history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 750 yards in a season (eighth to reach those numbers in NFL history). He also became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game for the Eagles.
Despite the promise the Eagles showed in year one of the Sirianni era, all the team’s flaws were exposed in the playoffs. Philadelphia trailed 31-0 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after three quarters in a 31-15 blowout loss, showcasing the Eagles are a ways away from being amongst the NFL’s elite.
With three first-round picks this year and enough cap space to improve the roster, the Eagles can transform into contenders in time for next season. Here’s how they move up in the hierarchy in the NFC:
Improve the pass catchers
The Eagles can’t make the full evaluation of Jalen Hurts until there are legitimate NFL weapons around him. Outside of DeVonta Smith (a rookie) and Dallas Goedert (first-year starter at tight end), Hurts didn’t have many options to throw to. Jalen Reagor significantly regressed…