Good Times

Posted: June 10th, 2024 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

We are now officially in the off part of the offseason. I could write about Jalen Hurts comments on Nick Sirianni, but I don’t think that’s a big deal. I could write about the Eagles signing Parry Nickerson, but that’s hardly compelling. Jeff Lurie might be selling a minority stake in the team. I don’t think that would change a whole lot. Other writers are covering those topics so I’m going to write about something that interests me.

These are good times.

The Eagles have had three straight winning seasons. They have a star QB. They wore kelly green jerseys last year and will do that again this year. They just spent big money on a star RB in March.

We just saw the team lose one of the greatest centers in the history of football and a DT who was a borderline Hall of Fame player. They are able to replace both of them with homegrown players with big time potential. Cam Jurgens and Jalen Carter might not be as good as Kelce and Cox, but this is worlds different than replacing Brian Dawkins with Quintin Demps or Hugh Douglas with Jerome McDougle.

These are good times.

Life isn’t perfect, of course. The Eagles melted down at the end of last season. There are two new coordinators. While that could be a big improvement, there are no guarantees when it comes to coaching changes. The LB position is still a mystery. It feels like the Eagles will be better there, but we need to see results before we can truly believe.

Let’s circle back to talking about winning. The Eagles should have a winning season in 2024. If they do, that would be four years in a row. They haven’t done that since the peak of the Reid era, 2000-2004. The Eagles had three in a row from 2017-2019 and from 2008-2010. The Eagles reached the Super Bowl in 2022, but couldn’t pull off the win. Still, that was an incredibly fun team.

Don’t take winning for granted.

We all want another Super Bowl, but don’t get into the mindset of championship or misery. The 2024 team has a lot of stars and could be a lot of fun to watch. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see Saquon Barkley in green. The combination of the Eagles offense and OL paired with Barkley’s special ability feels like a match made in heaven.

Let’s hope the match goes that well.

One of the reasons the Eagles melted down last year is that the defense couldn’t get stops or make plays. Howie Roseman added CJ Gardner-Johnson, who was a takeaway machine in the Birds run to the Super Bowl in 2022. They drafted Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean, a pair of playmaking DBs who also offer versatility. The Eagles signed Devin White, a LB with playmaking ability. He had 2 INTs last year. He’s got 23 sacks, 40 TFLs, 6 FF and 9 FR in his career. They drafted a playmaking LB in Jeremiah Trotter Jr. The initial reports on him are pretty good and that’s encouraging.

Last year’s meltdown was so bad that it forced definitive changes from the front office and coaching staff. Remember when the 2020 season went sideways and Doug Pederson was hesitant to offer real solutions? Nick Sirianni wasn’t about to stick with the status quo. He’s far too competitive for that. I’m sure he also got a lot of pressure from above. To Nick’s credit, he embraced change rather than trying to protect his coaching staff.

Winning isn’t easy. Sirianni and the Eagles know they have a good thing going, but it needed adjustments. They made a lot of smart changes and now feel like a team that will compete for another Super Bowl.

Good times, indeed.

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I’ll start writing misc pieces on past teams and players. There doesn’t have to be current news for me to come up with something Eagles related.

First up, the 500 greatest plays of Jaiquawn Jarrett’s career!

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One Comment on “Good Times”

  1. 1 The Linc – Two Eagles atop the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List - Balance Sportscast said at 2:04 PM on June 11th, 2024:

    […] Good Times – Iggles BlitzOne of the reasons the Eagles melted down last year is that the defense couldn’t get stops or make plays. Howie Roseman added CJ Gardner-Johnson, who was a takeaway machine in the Birds run to the Super Bowl in 2022. They drafted Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean, a pair of playmaking DBs who also offer versatility. The Eagles signed Devin White, a LB with playmaking ability. He had 2 INTs last year. He’s got 23 sacks, 40 TFLs, 6 FF and 9 FR in his career. They drafted a playmaking LB in Jeremiah Trotter Jr. The initial reports on him are pretty good and that’s encouraging. Last year’s meltdown was so bad that it forced definitive changes from the front office and coaching staff. Remember when the 2020 season went sideways and Doug Pederson was hesitant to offer real solutions? Nick Sirianni wasn’t about to stick with the status quo. He’s far too competitive for that. I’m sure he also got a lot of pressure from above. To Nick’s credit, he embraced change rather than trying to protect his coaching staff. Winning isn’t easy. Sirianni and the Eagles know they have a good thing going, but it needed adjustments. They made a lot of smart changes and now feel like a team that will compete for another Super Bowl. Good times, indeed. […]