Eagles Offense Breakdown

Story posted February 9, 2023 in CommRadio, Sports by Jakob Schnur

After a phenomenal season in which they finished with a 14-3 record, the Philadelphia Eagles secured the first round bye in the playoffs and dominated their next two opponents en route to their first Super Bowl appearance since 2018.

While the phrase “defense wins championships” tends to hold true, the special aspect of this Eagles team is that, while they have an elite defense, it is paired with an elite offense, making them one of the most well-rounded teams in the league.

This genius roster construction can be attributed to one of the best front offices in the NFL, led by Executive Vice President Howie Roseman.

Roseman had attracted his fair share of hate over the past few seasons, primarily for the draft selections of Jalen Reagor and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside while passing on Justin Jefferson and D.K. Metcalf.

However, despite these blunders, almost the entirety of Philadelphia’s offensive starters were drafted by the team.

The only acquisition via free agency or trade is A.J. Brown who they traded for on draft night last year.

Franchise staples such as Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson have been with the team since being selected in 2011 and 2013 respectively, but most of the other starters were fairly recent additions.

The next longest tenured starter is Isaac Seumalo who was taken in 2016.

Even more impressive than the sheer number of hits that the Eagles have had in recent years is the fact that many of them were selected outside of the first round.

As a matter of fact, the only two first round picks starting on Philadelphia’s offense are right tackle Lane Johnson and wide receiver Devonta Smith.

All-Pro quarterback Jalen Hurts was a second round pick, along with running back Miles Sanders, left guard Landon Dickerson and tight end Dallas Goedert.

Right guard Seumalo was a third rounder, center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Quez Watkins were sixth rounders and left tackle Jordan Mailata was a seventh rounder.

Schematically, head coach Nick Sirianni has turned this offense into a powerhouse and a lot of that can be contributed to the development of the ground game.

Just last season, Sirianni caught flack from fans and media members alike for not running the ball enough.

Now, the Eagles boast one of the most prolific and unstoppable run games in the NFL.

Much of this can be attributed to the dominance of the offensive line, but the centerpiece is really Jalen Hurts.

Everyone already knew he was a dynamic runner, but on top of that, his emergence as a true threat passing the football has opened up even more opportunities for runs and forces the defense to respect the air attack that much more.

Overall, the Eagles offense is as balanced as the rest of their roster, and it is why they are on the verge of their second Super Bowl win in five seasons.

Jakob Schnur is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jks6463@psu.edu