Eagles come in at No. 1 on Peter King’s offseason power rankings
After the Philadelphia Eagles dominated draft weekend, it seems like every NFL pundit is expecting another Super Bowl trip for the Birds in 2023. Including NBC Sports’ Peter King, who placed Philadelphia atop his annual offseason power rankings in his most recent FMIA column.
King broke his rankings down into seven tiers.
- Can’t find a weakness
- They’ve got Super Bowl vibes
- They’re on the border
- If all goes right…
- They’ve got holes
- Under construction
- Wait til 2025
The Eagles were the only team under King’s “Can’t find a weakness” tier. His reasoning:
“The Eagles averaged 34.7 points per game in the playoffs, have adequately compensated for losses of both coordinators, are not worse at any position (amazing on the defensive line, considering they had a 69-sack year last year and lost Javon Hargrave), have an offensive line that should keep upright a rising superstar QB-of-the-future at the top of his game, and will field two top-15 NFL wideouts entering their age-25 (DeVonta Smith) and age-26 (A.J. Brown) seasons.”
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Hard to disagree with what King is saying here. Mostly because I’m a biased Eagles fan, but also because King is pretty much spot on with his assessment. If I put on my ‘objectivity cap’ on for a second, the only push-back I would pose is the situation with Philly’s coordinators.
Offensively, I’m fairly confident in former QB coach Brian Johnson to pick up right where Shane Steichen left off. Steichen, on paper, is the bigger loss on the coordinator front. But, Johnson has been with Jalen Hurts nearly every step of the way throughout his football life. Johnson knows how Hurts operates and he’s well aware of his strengths. Comfortability goes a long way in a quarterback-coordinator relationship. The offense should do just fine.
As for the defense, I think Sean Desai brings a lot of potential to the job and the tweaks in defensive scheme should be noticeable. It’s just hard to completely place my faith in the guy given the fact that he’s never been a defensive coordinator. Everyone has to start somewhere, though. Hopefully, Desai brings some extra juice to the defense and manages to hold any above average quarterback in check (looking at you Gannon).
Nevertheless, the Eagles are in a great position to push for another Super Bowl appearance in 2023. The NFC is there for the taking and there doesn’t seem to be anyone standing in the Eagles’ way, regardless of how many times Niners’ players and fans will try and tell you otherwise.
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