The eerie similarities between the 2017 and 2022 Eagles initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia
Does it really feel just a little bit like 2017 round right here? It’s too early to know whether or not the outcome would be the identical, however the similarities between this yr’s Eagles workforce and the 2017 workforce at the least by way of the top of the common season are hanging.
Right here’s a have a look at a dozen of them.
Damage to Finest Offensive Lineman
2017: Jason Peters
2022: Lane Johnson
Jason Peters was one of the best offensive deal with in soccer from about 2007 with the Payments till the center of 2017, when he tore his ACL in a recreation towards Washington on the Linc. His substitute was a 24-year-old sixth-round decide with the longest identify in Eagles historical past — Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Lane Johnson has been one of the best proper deal with in soccer the previous few years, however he’s missed the final 2.5 video games after struggling a core muscle harm in Dallas on Christmas Eve. His substitute has been 25-year-old fourth-round decide Jack Driscoll. In contrast to Peters, Johnson hopes to return for the playoffs.
Key One-Yr Contract Guys
2017: Patrick Robinson, LeGarrette Blount, Torrey Smith
2022: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Kyzir White, James Bradberry, Zach Pascal
Howie Roseman crammed loads of holes in 2017 with stop-gap gamers on one-year contracts. Robinson, Graham, Blount and Smith have been among the many key members of that 2017 workforce that solely performed one yr for the Eagles. He’s accomplished the identical factor this yr on an excellent higher scale.
2017: Led NFL with 17 conversions, third at 65%
2022: Second in NFL with 23 conversions, fourth at 69%
Doug Pederson and Nick Sirianni are each very aggressive head coaches. Pederson actually pioneered the notion of going for it on fourth down out of desperation in 2016 and that turned an actual weapon for the Eagles in 2017. The Eagles tried 22 extra fourth-down conversions than another workforce from 2016 by way of 2020, and Sirianni has stored that up, particularly this yr with Jalen Hurts virtually unstoppable on fourth-and-1.
Prime 3 in Crimson Zone
2017: No. 1 in NFL at 66%
2022: No. 3 in NFL at 69%
Each groups have been extraordinary within the crimson zone, an actual reflection of their quarterback play. Wentz was the NFL’s greatest red-zone QB in 2017 with 24 TDs, no interceptions and an NFL-best 111.6 passer score. Nick Foles added 5 extra TDs and no INTs. That’s 29 passing TDs and no INTs for Eagles QBs within the crimson zone in 2017. Jalen Hurts has been almost as efficient however differently — 20 whole TDs (9 passing, 11 speeding), one interception and an NFL-best 22 red-zone first downs.
2017: No. 4 at 307 yards
2022: No. 3 at 302 yards
The Eagles have solely had two top-five defenses within the final 15 years — No. 4 in 2017 below Jim Schwartz and No. 2 this yr below Jonathan Gannon (and 15 whole yards out of first). Earlier than 2017 and 2022, the Eagles’ final top-five protection got here in 2008 below Jim Johnson.
Coach in Second Yr
2017: Doug Pederson, 13-3
2022: Nick Sirianni, 14-3
The final seven Eagles head coaches have received at the least 10 video games of their second season: Buddy Ryan went 10-6 in 1988 (not counting the strike-shortened 1987 season), Wealthy Kotite was 10-6, Ray Rhodes 10-6, Andy Reid 11-5, Chip Kelly 10-6, Doug Pederson 13-3 with a No. 1 seed and Nick Sirianni 14-3 with a No. 1 seed. The final Eagles coach who didn’t attain double figures in his second season was Marion Campbell, who went 6-9-1 in 1984.
Damage Value QB MVP
2017: Carson Wentz 11-2, missed remainder of season
2022: Jalen Hurts 13-1, missed two video games
Late-season accidents probably value each Wentz and Hurts MVPs. Wentz tore his ACL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, and Hurts sprained his shoulder on Dec. 18 in Chicago. Luckily, the Eagles obtained Hurts again, however Wentz had a 101.9 passer score, an NFL-best 33 touchdowns to simply seven INTs, and three,296 yards in 13 video games. When Hurts obtained damage, he had a 104.6 passer score, 33 whole TDs (22 passing, 11 speeding) and 5 INTs in 14 video games. However Wentz obtained handed by Tom Brady in 2017, and Hurts will possible be handed by Patrick Mahomes this yr.
Offensive Coordinator Turns into Colts Candidate
2017: Frank Reich
2022: Shane Steichen
Per week after the Eagles beat the Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LII, the Colts employed Frank Reich to exchange Chuck Pagano as their head coach. The Eagles had the third-highest-scoring offense within the NFL in 2017 in Reich’s second yr on the job. With the Colts sitting at 3-5-1 in November, Reich was fired in November and changed by interim coach Jeff Saturday, who went 1-7. The Colts at the moment are establishing interviews for a everlasting head coach, and 5 years after they pursued the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, they’re doing it once more with Shane Steichen. The Eagles had the third-highest-scoring offense within the NFL in 2022 in Steichen’s second yr on the job.
Prime-5 Dashing Assault
2017: Third, 132 yards per recreation
2022: Fifth, 148 yards per recreation
The 2017 and 2022 Eagles each had nice success working the soccer. The 2017 workforce ranked third within the league with Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement, and this yr’s workforce was fifth with Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell and Boston Scott.
Key Secondary Acquisition in August
2017: Ronald Darby
2022: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
The Eagles went into each 2017 and 2022 with critical questions relating to the secondary, and each years they added vital defensive backs who had large years regardless of vital accidents. In 2017, they traded Jordan Matthews to the Payments for cornerback Ronald Darby on Aug. 11, and Darby went on to choose off three passes in simply eight video games in 2017 and had six go knockdowns within the three playoff video games. This yr, on Aug. 30, they traded a 2023 fifth-round decide and a 2024 sixth-round decide to the Saints for security and slot Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and a 2025 seventh-round decide. Gardner-Johnson wound up sharing the NFL interception lead regardless of lacking 5 video games.
Double-Digit Loss Late in Season
2017: Seahawks 24, Eagles 10, Dec. 3
2022: Saints 20, Eagles 10, Jan. 1
Neither workforce went into the postseason taking part in its greatest soccer. The 2017 Eagles misplaced by 14 to the Seahawks in early December, trailed a 3-13 Giants workforce within the third quarter earlier than successful 34-29 in Week 15 after which trailed a 6-10 Raiders workforce within the third quarter at residence earlier than successful 19-10. This yr, the Eagles misplaced consecutive video games to the Cowboys and Saints with backup QB Gardner Minshew and completed with a clunky six-point win over the Giants’ backups to clinch the No. 1 seed.
QB in Second Yr as Starter
2017: Carson Wentz
2022: Jalen Hurts
Wentz had gone 7-9 as a rookie in his first yr as a starter however did some promising issues and completed robust, with wins in his final two begins. Then he was virtually unbeatable in Yr 2, with an 11-2 document. Hurts went 8-7 in 2021 in his first yr as a starter however did some promising issues and completed robust, with wins in his final three begins. Then he was virtually unbeatable in Yr 2, with a 14-1 document.
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