It’s easy to get stuck in the past and say the Philadelphia Eagles should be Super Bowl favorites in the NFC, but in reality, they shouldn’t be.
I understand they have some excellent NFL players and Carson Wentz should be healthy again this coming regular season.
However, there are a few reasons why that glow from Philly’s Super Bowl 52 victory against New England has started to fade away.
First of all, Nick Foles played in the Eagles’ Super Bowl win two years ago, but he is no longer donning a Philly uniform.
Second, Carson Wentz has not been healthy late in the season and missed Philly’s playoff appearances in 2018 and 2019.
He played only eight snaps before exiting the Eagles’ playoff loss to Seattle back in January due to a concussion.
If Wentz gets hurt and misses the playoffs again, who steps in for the Philadelphia Eagles?
The Eagles don’t have Frank Reich as the offensive coordinator anymore after departed to become the new head coach in Indianapolis.
Some folks wonder how Philly will improve on offense with Doug Pederson calling the plays continuously for the long-term future.
Also, Alshon Jeffery is not the same player.
During the Eagles’ Super Bowl season, Jeffery caught 57 balls for 789 yards and nine touchdowns.
Last year, he only caught 43 passes for 490 yards and four scores.
Philly needs a No. 1 wide receiver and maybe Jalen Reagor grows into that type of player after getting taken in this year’s draft.
Then, there are questions about their primary ball carrier.
Last year, Sanders had over 800 yards and Howard posted over 500.
However, Howard played only one snap during the Eagles’ final eight games, including their playoff loss to Seattle.
There are also questions along their offensive line as Andre Dillard is entering his second NFL season.
Rookie Jack Driscoll could also end up at right guard this season. He was selected by Philly in the fourth round.
Philly also took Prince Tega Wanogho out of Auburn in the sixth round.
Suspicious of Secondary
I understand that the Philadelphia Eagles acquired cornerback Darius Slay to boost their secondary.
In an article released in January, Pro Football Focus said the Eagles secondary ranked 21st out of the 32 NFL teams.
They added their coverage units played zone in order to “better protect their ever-changing lineup of players.”
It makes sense since the squad dealt with injury on that section of the team, but that doesn’t change the questions surrounding the lack of depth in their secondary.
Even if everyone is healthy, I worry about that Philly unit.
Let’s also remember the Eagles have work to do with their linebackers.
The Philadelphia Eagles have too many questions and are not good enough right now to be on anybody’s “Super Bowl Favorites” list.
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