Eagles

Eagles

Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 03: Head coach Nick Sirianni of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a penalty is called during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field on October 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

In school I used to dread this time of year. Report cards! It was the point of the year where my parents learned just how lazy I truly was for 6 hours a day. But my life motto of “C’s get degrees” doesnt really fly in the NFL. C’s get degrees in the real world but they dont win championships. While expectations werent high for the Eagles this season, grades still need to be given out. From the quarterback to the coaches and everyone in between.

  • Quarterback: C+

    Jalen Hurts has had some great games (Atlanta, Kansas City) and some really bad games (Dallas). Fact is, we still don’t know enough to make an informed decision on Hurts. His arm strength has come into question, but his accuracy has shined at times. Jury is still out.

  • Runningbacks: N/A

    You cant give a grade to a position thats been ignored by the head coach. What youve seen has been solid, but right now its incomplete. Maybe they should try it out more and we can get a complete grade.

  • Wide Receivers: D+

    It would be a D- if it werent for DeVonta Smith. Jalen Reagor has been non existent. Greg Ward is incredible at catching garbage touch downs. JJ Arcega-Whiteside is incredible at blocking…..its the best part of his game. The Eagles wide receivers leave a lot to be desired. But they’re young. They could develop. This is a group project with one person doing all the work.

  • O-Line: A-

    The O-Line has been great, even when banged up. They went into a game against the Chiefs with ONE starter on the offensive line, and they stood the test. They are a student with an incredible tutor. Jeff Stoutland has developed not just starters like Jordan Mailata, but also the depth that the team has now with Jack Driscoll and Nate Herbig. The team has, for the most part, kept the quarterback clean.

  • TE: B-

    Dallas Goedert, despite lacking a new contract, has become a go to red zone target for Jalen Hurts. And hes produced. In 4 games he has 188 yards and 2 touch downs but that doesnt account for the touch down that was taken back because of a questionable “pick play” that wouldn’t really have made a difference. Zach Ertz was a slow starter but has had 50+ yards the last 2 weeks and is coming off his best game of the seaosn. Its a solid core, they just arent used a ton.

  • DL - C

    This is the definition of a bell curve. The good has been really good. While the bad has been REALLY bad. Players like Javon Hargrave has been a beast. Proving why the Eagles threw a lot of money his way in free agency. Josh Sweat has been their best edge rusher and it got him a contract extension. Those are all good. But then players like Derek Barnett (who just got another penalty as I write this) Ryan Kerrigan, and Fletcher Cox, have either been irrelevant or a down right hindrance.

  • LB: F

    They try.

  • CB: C-

    Last season they had an F, so this season even though it isnt great, its passing. Steven Nelson has been the worst of the group but he was signed off the street late so what do you really expect? “Big Play Slay” hasnt made a big play yet, but for the most part hes been solid. Avonte Maddox has actually been pretty solid in the slot. But the Eagles corners still leave a lot to be desired

  • S: D+

    Anthony Harris has been ok but with the absence of Rodney McLeod have hurt them. But I expect this grade to go up now that McLeod is back.

  • Special Teams: A+

    Between “Siposs DaGawd” and Jake Elliott banging bombs through the uprights the Eagles special teams unit has been, by far, the teams strongest. Siposs has been great at pinning teams deep in their own zone and Elliott has been perfect so far this season.

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  • Coaching: D

    The Eagles lead the league in penalties….by a lot. Their defense has given up 40 points in back to back weeks. Their personal hasnt been great, but at times neither has their game plan. The coaching staff ignoring the run game is a bold strategy and its not really working. But the season is still young

     

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