Coming a few months back to winning the second Super Bowl in their history, the Philadelphia Eagles are gearing up for the 2023 season with the intention of climbing to the Lombardi Cup after losing last year’s Finals, a successful feat since 1994. to date, only to the New England Patriots in 2018. With a team that hasn’t suffered major upheaval, Jalen Hearts and his teammates will be trying to be one of their favorite teams again right now.
True, general manager Howie Roseman has gradually built a very close-knit and talented team, but the fact that Eagles final leap in quality came about through the transformation of playmaker Jalen Hurts from a decent yarding player especially good with his feet to a modern and complete quarterback capable of effectively attacking opposition defenses both on the ground and in the air. In 2022 Hurts have improved in almost every aspect of the game.: total percentage, touchdowns scored, steal percentage and QB rating, just to name a few. His ability to make the right decision and speed out of the oval made him a really difficult player to defend against, and it’s clear that had he continued at this level, the Eagles would have been a very serious player. contender for 2023.
Of course it doesn’t hurt that Jalen is good. two excellent receivers available: DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown had 183 receptions for almost 2,700 yards and 18 touchdowns together in the last regular season, and both are formidable athletes in depth but also good in the short game. Instead, the problem for the Eagles is the third WR., a role that is often important in the modern NFL. In 2022, Kez Watkins was a definite disappointment, so Olamide Zakcheus arrived from Atlanta to challenge Watkins for third wide receiver. Since he arrived in the NFL four years ago, Zacchaeus has always turned up his receptions, and the Watkins issue seems really open.
Dallas Gödert will be a confirmed starter after Ertz’s farewell. Last year, the South Dakota State player finished with 55 receptions but missed almost a third of the championship due to injury, and this 2023 he looks really ready to win. explosive season. Behind him, Jack Stoll and Grant Calcaterra should share the reserve role, with the latter being more experienced in receiving but not having the same reliability of Stoll in the blocking phase.
Lost Lead Rusher 2022 Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Capers Sign D’Andre Swift, traded for the fourth round with Detroit, but the running department is clearly overbooked and the Eagles will likely look to more players for the role. Another athlete to use frequently is Kenneth Gainwell, but the Eagles can also count on the small and compact Boston Scott, former 49ers Sermon and Seattle rookie Rashaad Penny. The latter is a valid player, even if his physical frailty always calls him into question, but if the coaches in green decide to have four runners in the lineup, then the one who can’t make it through the last round of cuts should be Sermon.
The offensive line over the years has been, if not the best, then one of the best in the entire league.. However, in the summer of 2023, excellent defenseman Seumalo packed his bags for Pittsburgh, and Cam Jurgens, officially called up in 2022 to replace the very experienced center Jason Kelsey, should be inserted in his place. However, to the delight of the Philadelphia coaching staff and fans, Kelsey decided to continue his career for another year, and therefore a very strong leader in the center will again appear in the offensive line, next to which Jurgens will play on the right and strong flank. Landon Dickerson on the left. The tackles will continue to be former rugby player Jordan Mailata (left) and Lane Johnson, the strongest right tackle in the NFL. Behind them are such interesting athletes as Sua Opeta and Jack Driscoll, as well as rookie Tyler Steen, taken in the third round of the 2023 draft from Alabama.
Last year, the Eagles hit an astronomical 70 sacks, the second-best regular season total in NFL history, behind only the legendary Bears in 1984. the group lost a very strong pawn, for example Javon Hargrave remains a truly formidable department. Hybrid linebacker Haason Reddick, Josh Sweet and veteran Brandon Graham lead the rotation, and Philadelphia could field two more deserving athletes in that role, such as recent first pick Nolan Smith and Derek Barnett, whose 2022 season lasted just 12 snaps.
However, even within this line there is no shortage of talent, since added 2022 first pick Jordan Davis from recent draft picks as well as Georgia’s Jalen Carter, a devastating athlete in the NCAA with a lot of players on the ballpark but too many problems off the field. Another important player among the players is six-time professional bowler Fletcher Cox, who will no longer be a scare in the attacks of opponents of the past, but returned from the championship in which he hit 7 sacks, his best result since 2018. There will also be a versatile Milton Williams, who can play both at the end and in a tackle, as well as a pair of Moro Ojomo and Marlon Tuipulotu, who, however, can be used almost exclusively in a running game. The midfield group is the weakest department. a truly complete team. With two starting players left last year, T.J. Edwards and Keezir White, the Eagles promoted Nakobe Dean, but there are still some doubts about who will join him as a clean linebacker as the coaching staff can’t seem to find desired solution. For this reason, between the summer and the first weeks of training, Nicholas Morrow arrived from Chicago, then Zach Cunningham and Miles Jack. The latter decided to retire in mid-August, so most likely Cunningham will support Deanwith Morrow, Christian Ellis and Patrick Johnson serving as reserves.
Eagles management was able to confirm both defensemen who provided great passing coverage last tournament, namely Darius Slay and James Bradberry, with Avonte Maddox as the corner slot. Behind the Eagles will be two interesting reserves, such as Josh Job, one of the openings of training camp, and rookie Kali Ringo, both athletes who can be used both in and out of slots.
The security devices will be completely new. as CJ Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps are gone. In their place, coordinator Sean Desai appointed starter Reed Blankenship, who, after arriving in Philadelphia as a college free agent, played more than 300 snaps last season, and also signed former Pittsburgh Penguin Terrell Edmunds, who despite playing in the starting lineup in the yellow-black 75 games. For 5 years, I have never been convinced until the end. The safety team also includes Justin Evans, interesting rookie Sidney Brown, and K’Von Wallace, who hasn’t lost his credibility between pre-season and training camp, but whose presence in the starting line-up is far from certain.
After a low-key 2020 season, Jake Elliot has been a defensive tackle for the last couple of years while player Arren Siposs has never been too convincing in his two years in Philadelphia. At the moment he is still the owner, but at the beginning of the season he will certainly be under special supervision. Brian Covey has been confirmed as the returner and runner Boston Scott is expected to return the ball on the kickoff.
That Eagles incident is Nick Sirianni’s first experience as a head coach, and the former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator made the most of it by taking a team that won just 4 games in 2020 to a positive record first and then really one step. away from the NFL title. For Sirianni, however, 2023 presents an additional test as he lost his offensive and defensive coordinator during the off-season. As offensive coach, the natural choice was Brian Johnson, who had been quarterback coach for two years and worked well with the Hurts. On defense, Sean Desai, who was on the Seattle coaching staff last year after serving between 2013 and 2021 with the Chicago Bears, where he was defensive coordinator in 2021, was selected to replace him. Another great coach on Sirianni’s staff, Jeff Stoutland, is considered one of the best. offensive line coaches in the NFL and by far the longest-serving Eagles coach.