2016 NFL Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

Day two of the NFL preview continues with a team that is currently undergoing a makeover. After the Chip Kelly experiment went horribly wrong, the Eagles are left trying to pick up the pieces and rebuilding this thing into a playoff contender. However, there are a lot of questions surrounding this team.

Will new head coach Doug Pederson have any success now that he’s the head man in charge?

Will we see the second overall pick Carson Wentz at any point this season?

And of course….will the Eagles once again be flying into the post-season?

Let’s find out.

 

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Philadelphia Eagles

The Stats:

Record Last Ten Seasons: 7-9 (2015), 10-6 (2014), 10-6 (2013), 4-12 (2012), 8-8 (2011), 10-6 (2010), 11-5 (2009), 9-6-1 (2008), 8-8 (2007), 10-6 (2006)

Last Playoff Appearance: 2013 Wildcard vs. New Orleans Saints

Last Playoff Win: 2008 Divisional vs. New York Giants

Super Bowl Titles Won: 0

Passing Leader for 2015: Sam Bradford (3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions)

Rushing Leader for 2015: DeMarco Murray (702 yards, 6 touchdowns)

Receiving Leader for 2015: Jordan Matthews (997 yards, 8 touchdowns)

The Head Coach:

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Doug Pederson

Overall Record (as a head coach): 0-0

Record With Team: 0-0

Previous NFL Jobs: Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Quality Control Coordinator (2009-2010), Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks Coach (2011-2012), Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator (2013-2015)

My Grade: D+

The Team:

(Depth Charts will change as training camps progress obviously….)

Player Grade Guide:

Blue = Elite Player

Green = Really Good Player

Orange = Average Player

Pink = Meh

Red = NO THANKS

Gray = Rookie

Offense:

QB: Sam Bradford

RB: Ryan Mathews

WR: Jordan Matthews

WR: Nelson Agholor

WR: Chris Givens

TE: Zach Ertz

OC: Jason Kelce

OG: Brandon Brooks

OG: Allen Barbre

OT: Jason Peters

OT: Lane Johnson

Defense:

DE: Brandon Graham

DT: Fletcher Cox

DT: Bennie Logan

DE: Vinny Curry

LB: Jordan Hicks

LB: Mychal Kendricks

LB: Nigel Bradham

CB: Leodis McKelvin

CB: Ron Brooks

SS: Malcolm Jenkins

FS: Rodney McLeod

The Schedule:

vs. Cleveland Browns (September 11)

vs. @ Chicago Bears (September 19)

vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (September 25)

BYE WEEK

vs. @ Detroit Lions (October 9)

vs. @ Washington Redskins (October 16)

vs. Minnesota Vikings (October 23)

vs. @ Dallas Cowboys (October 30)

vs. @ New York Giants (November 6)

vs. Atlanta Falcons (November 13)

vs. @ Seattle Seahawks (November 20)

vs. Green Bay Packers (November 28)

vs. @ Cincinnati Bengals (December 4)

vs. Washington Redskins (December 11)

vs. @ Baltimore Ravens (December 18)

vs. New York Giants (December 24)

vs. Dallas Cowboys (January 1)

The Prediction:

6-10

Brief Synopsis:

The Chip Kelly era is over and the Doug Pederson era has begun in Philadelphia. The Chip Kelly era will long be looked at as a disappointment in Philadelphia, but I’m here to tell you guys….it will be fantastic compared to the Doug Pederson era. When the Eagles hired Pederson to be their head coach this past off-season, I was not a fan of the move. Even though Pederson was offensive coordinator of my favorite NFL team, I thought the Eagles were making a mistake giving their head coaching job to a guy who was basically just Andy Reid’s right-hand man. I thought the Eagles fans were SOOOOOOOO thankful that the Andy Reid era was over and that the team was finally moving on? Is that why they immediately jumped to the Andy Reid coaching tree when things with Kelly went south? Please. This organization has no idea what they are doing right now. They went ahead and hired a head coach who didn’t even call plays for the Chiefs and once proclaimed Alex Smith the best quarterback in the NFL. Yeesh.

So what exactly does Doug Pederson have to work with? The Eagles don’t have the best offense on paper, but they have an interesting one. Philadelphia drafted Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft this last year and even though Sam Bradford is the listed starter at the time, you have to throw Wentz in at some point this season to see what he can do. You don’t draft a QB “project” with the second overall pick. The Eagles need to see what he can do so they know what they have moving forward. Unfortunately for whoever the quarterback is, they don’t have a whole lot of pieces to work with. Jordan Matthews is good and Zach Ertz is a stud, but they need more pieces to work with. Nelson Agholor has been garbage so far and Ryan Mathews is extremely hit-or-miss. The good news? The offensive line is pretty good….at least I think they are when they are all healthy and not suspended.

What about the defense though? Can this unit be the savior of the team? I highly doubt it. Even though the defensive line should be extremely good, there are just way too many holes elsewhere. The cornerbacks are absolute garbage. After the Byron Maxwell experiment went horribly wrong (and who called that one by the way?), the Eagles are left scurrying for a “plan B” and that is to apparently bring former Buffalo Bill Leodis McKelvin into the picture and hope he returns back to his dominant ways. He won’t though. Fortunately for the Eagles, their safeties are really good and they may be able to make up for the play of the corners and the linebackers, who are also garbage for the most part. I know I’m being tough on these guys, but it’s hard to get excited for a defense that was ranked 30th in the NFL last season.

So what can we expect from the Eagles this season? A lot of stuff and most of it will be bad. The two things I’m looking forward to the most is, how will Doug Pederson do in his first year as the head man of a team? And when will Carson Wentz finally see some playing time? We all know it’s going to happen and it’s likely going to become a huge distraction for Sam Bradford and the team the entire season. It wouldn’t be football season if there wasn’t some kind of drama in Philadelphia though, right? I’m just guessing Eagles fans wish it was good drama though. This season….it won’t be.

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