The Philadelphia Eagles went into the 2023 NFL season as one of the bookmakers’ favorites to win the Super Bowl. Things did not go to plan.

A 38-35 defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs in last season’s championship game sparked talk that the Eagles could go one better this time around.

The pre-season NFL betting odds ranked the Eagles as the team most likely to knock the Chiefs off their perch, and the early signs were undoubtedly promising.

However, after posting a 10-1 record in their first 11 matches, the Eagles won just one of their last six regular season games to miss out on top spot in NFC East.

While they still comfortably secured one of the three Wild Card spots in the NFC, very few people expected them to make further progress.

A 32-9 defeat against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a ring of inevitability to it and naturally led to some awkward questions for head coach Nick Sirianni after the game.

Social media painted an ugly picture, with Philadelphia fans blasting Sirianni for his failure to guide the team to another Super Bowl.

Sirianni refused to answer questions about his future in his post-match press conference, saying he was ‘not worried’ about what may happen.

He added that he would ‘look at everything that we’re doing’ to decipher where things went wrong, yet fans would be justified in asking why the analysis did not happen a little earlier.

History does not put the Eagles in a good light, with the team becoming just the second after the 1986 New York Jets to start a season 10-1 or better and finish with seven losses.

The Eagles’ demise can be traced back to damaging defeats against the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, from which they never recovered. The coaching staff were unable to stem the flow of blood from that point, particularly from a defensive perspective and handling the blitz.

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When teams allow quarterback Jalen Hurts time to play, he can tear them to pieces. However, he is incapable of performing when teams blitz him. Hurts was woeful against the Buccaneers, completing just 12 of his 20 attempts when blitzed for only 92 yards. Teams cannot win games with those statistics.

While offensive coordinator Brian Johnson’s inability to solve the problem exposed his lack of experience, the buck ultimately stops with Sirianni.

The best head coaches find ways to help their support staff resolve issues – Sirianni failed miserably in that regard. When the going got tough, he was absent without leave.

Sirianni will argue that he has guided the Eagles to the playoffs in each of his three seasons in charge, but that is not enough for a demanding fanbase.

Many respected pundits think the Eagles have a squad capable of winning the Super Bowl but are being held back by Sirianni and some members of his coaching staff.

The availability of former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick adds an intriguing dimension to proceedings, but the Eagles may want a longer-term solution.

While the 71-year-old would potentially have the know-how to get the best out of Hurts, many people think the six-time Super Bowl winner should retire. 

Regardless of which route management takes, the Eagles need a reset during the close season. Determining Sirianni’s future is top of the list.

Mike Vrabel has been touted as a potential replacement, and there are plenty of reasons to think he would be a big success with the Eagles.
The 2021 NFL Coach of the Year overachieved with the Tennessee Titans and could be the ideal choice to deliver the goods in Philadelphia.

Photo: Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles

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