The Philadelphia Eagle seem to be on the right track for a rebuild from the Chip Kelly nightmare. They have seem to found their quarterback of the future, have seemed to build a respectable defense, and have answered their biggest question marks from last years roster. Here are three reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles could compete for a Super Bowl sooner than expected.
Many people remember Schwartz for his time with the Detroit Lions and his infamous handshake scuffle with Jim Harbaugh, but Schwartz has quietly been one of the leagues best defensive coordinators the past couple years. Schwartz was successful in a one-year stint in Buffalo leading them to the number two overall defense DVOA from football outsiders.
Schwartz came over in 2016 to coach the defense and took the Eagles defense from number seventeen to number four on football outsiders DVOA list. DVOA ratings represent the value the defense has for the team. Schwartz’s wide-9 set allowed for Brandon Graham to have a break out year on the defensive line as a pass rusher, and for Jordan Hicks emerge as one of the best coverage linebackers.
Schwartz did not receive any big name free agents to work with, but Derek Barnett, and Chris Long give the Eagles a deep defensive line rotation, and could allow for a four defensive end set such as the “NASCAR” set the Giants sometimes run on passing downs. If Schwartz is able to succeed with the Eagles young secondary, Schwartz should be in line for another shot at a head coaching job.
The Eagles wide receivers were just simply bad last year. Jordan Matthews is not a number one option on the outside, Nelson Agholor battled concentration issues, and Dorial Green-Beckham could not live up to his hype. The Eagles addressed the wide receiver position in the free agency market by signing a legitimate number one option in Alshon Jeffery, and Torrey Smith.
Carson Wentz needed help in order to take a step forward in his development and he got it this offseason. Zach Ertz is a great safety blanket for a young quarterback. Brent Celek is mostly a blocker at this point of his career, but Trey Burton is a versatile piece that can be used all over the field.
With Jeffery, and Smith on the outside, Jordan Matthews is allowed to bump back inside to his natural slot position where he excels. Jeffery is a large red zone target, with a skill set that the Eagles have not had since Terrell Owens. Smith is a deep threat that can take the top off of a defense who succeeds with quarterbacks who like to throw the deep ball.
Carson Wentz’s Potential
In Wentz first couple games everything seemed to go smoothly for him. He seemed to have a grasp of the offense, he seemed to have control of the huddle, and was making all of the right decisions. Once teams got tape on Wentz his production dropped, and some of his fundamental flaws came to the forefront.
Wentz has spent time this offseason working with a quarterback guru sharpening his mechanics. The major mechanic flaw that hurt Wentz the whole year, is during his throwing motion, his throwing elbow would dip to low, which will then make the ball sail on him. Many of Wentz’s interceptions last year were due to this, missing receivers high over the middle landing right in the safeties laps. If Wentz is able to correct this, he has the ability to be one of the more accurate passers in the league.
Wentz has the size, arm strength, mental capabilities, decision making, and athletic ability to be one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the league. Wentz is his most exciting when he gets outside of the pocket, extending a play, and is able to keep his eyes downfield. The Eagles success all rides on what way Wentz’s development goes. If he corrected his fundamental flaws and is able to build a repitoire with the new receivers the Eagles will make the playoff. If he makes a Blake Bortles type regression, it may be time for the Eagles to be looking for a new quarterback of the future once again.
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