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State Of The Eagles’s Coordinators

The 2021 season was a learning year for the Eagles’ brand new coaching staff which was among the youngest in the NFL. Head coach, Nick Sirianni, along with his coordinators were in their very first year in their position and with the team.

After some growing pains, the Eagles coaching staff found their way to a winning record and a wildcard spot in 2021. With one year of experience, the coaches and coordinators are expected to improve this year. Here is the state of the Eagles’ coordinators entering the 2022 season.

Eagles Offensive Coordinator: Shane Steichen

Head coach Nick Sirianni and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen shared play calling responsibilities last season, but that is expected to change in 2022. It has been reported that Steichen will do all the play calling this season with input from Sirianni.

The Eagles offense after a 2-5 start in 2021 got better as the season progressed. The offensive play calling went from primarily passing the ball early in the season to a heavy ground attack. Philadelphia led the league in rushing last season.

With the addition of playmakers, expect passing the ball to be an emphasis this upcoming season. Quarterback Jalen Hurts now has a number one receiver in A.J. Brown. Devonta Smith, Quez Watkins, and Dallas Goedert add to the receiving threat. The Eagles als have an elite offensive line that can get the run game going when needed.

It will be very interesting to see how Shane Steichen handles the offense. He has more playmakers to work with plus another offseason of work from Jalen Hurts. Hurts has potential but needs to be more accurate and limit turnovers. Steichen is 37 years old and was previously with the Chargers before coming to Philadelphia in 2021.

Eagles Defensive Coordinator: Jonathan Gannon

Gannon’s defense did some good things in 2021, but there were plenty of struggles along the way. The defense ranked ninth in the league against the run and 11th against the pass. These numbers were pretty good, but the situational defense was not. The Eagles allowed 22.6 points per game which was below average. Philadelphia’s defense ranked 31st in the league in number of sacks and fumble recoveries.

The 2022 Eagles team will have upgrades in the secondary, defensive line, and linebacker group. The added talent should make up for the struggles of last season. If Gannon can find a way for the defense to generate more pressure and takeaways, the group could be special.

It will likely be the final year of Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham in Philadelphia. Newcomers like Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean are going to be exciting to watch. The cornerback duo of Darius Slay and James Bradberry should be able to slow down elite receivers.

Gannon will have plenty of talent to work with plus has a season with the Eagles under his belt. He was previously a defensive backs coach and defensive quality control coach for the Colts, Vikings, and Falcons. Gannon is just 39 years old and was already linked to head coaching jobs this past offseason.

Eagles Special Teams Coordinator: Michael Clay

Michael Clay’s unit had mixed success in 2021. Kicker Jake Elliott was outstanding and made the Pro Bowl. Elliot had a franchise best 90.9% field goal percentage and was perfect on extra points. Punter Arynn Siposs was inconsistent and ranked just 26th in the NFL with a 43.9-yard average punt. The Eagles also struggled in the return game ranking near the bottom of the league for punt and kickoff return average.

Clay will need to find a way to scheme the special teams to have more success. He will be just 31 years old when the season starts which is the youngest coordinator in the league. Clay was previously an assistant special teams coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 2016-2020. He worked for the Eagles under Chip Kelly from 2014-2015 also as an assistant special teams coach.

In Conclusion

The Eagles coordinators are familiar faces to Eagles fans. All three coordinators were hired on under Nick Sirianni and have one year together in Philadelphia. The chemistry they have developed under year one should help going into 2022.

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