With the NFL preseason coming to an end, it is time to check again if 2021 can get a little better for Philadelphia sports. With the Fightin Phils bathing in mediocrity and the Sixers losing in the second round of the playoffs, the last hope for Philadelphia sports in 2021 is the Eagles. As we slowly wait for the NFL season to start, it’s about time to analyze the Eagles’ outlook for this upcoming season. The Eagles will now play a total of 17 games, rather than the 16 games that had been played for the past 42 seasons.
This year the team has head coach Nick Sirianni manning the team, along with his offensive coordinator, Shane Steichen. The defensive coordinator is Jonathan Gannon. As it currently stands, the starting quarterback looks to be Jalen Hurts, the second-round pick from just a year ago, who took over for Carson Wentz towards the end of last season. Hurts is an all-around exciting player to have as a starting quarterback. While it’s mostly a mystery as to what he will produce, his exciting combination of arm strength and speed makes him one of the most entertaining quarterback options the Eagles have. With a recent trade for Gardner Minshew, the backup quarterback dilemma between Flacco and Minshew has risen. One of the two is guaranteed 3 million dollars, and the other one was traded for a 6th round pick. Both players don’t seem to make sense to cut, but the Eagles have emphasized this year that they only plan to carry 2 quarterbacks on the active roster, and it wouldn’t make sense to make either of them a practice squad player. The Eagles have a very young and inexperienced wide receiver core full of potential with Devonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins. It seems that the defense will thrive with these great additions, along with having one of the best defensive lines in football.
While this season will be very unpredictable and inexperience may hurt the Eagles, they have the talent to go far with proper coaching and hard work. The only real way to judge a team such as the Eagles is to see what they can do this season.