PHILADELPHIA — OK, the 2020 NFL regular season is over. Now the real fireworks begin for the Philadelphia Eagles.
This offseason is setting up to be one of the more consequential for the franchise in recent memory. The Eagles’ relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz — the center of their universe up until a couple of months ago — has frayed. That leaves Philadelphia with a disgruntled franchise quarterback making $32 million a year, a promising rookie QB in Jalen Hurts who flashed during his four-game audition, and a monster decision to make.
The Eagles hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft and have to nail the selection in order to rebuild a roster that has gotten old and expensive. They need a new defensive coordinator and likely several new offensive coaches. There are franchise cornerstones outside of Wentz, including Super Bowl hero Zach Ertz, who are seemingly on their way out.
Breathe deep, and let’s dive in.
Will Wentz be traded?
What will happen to coach Doug Pederson’s staff?
Expect a revamping on the offensive side of the ball. The thrown-together group of Press Taylor, Rich Scangarello, Andrew Breiner and Marty Mornhinweg predictably failed to yield a coherent product. Wentz regressed to the point where he was barely recognizable and the offense had no identity. The Eagles will hire an offensive coordinator after going without one this season. Pederson needs to find a trusted aide-de-camp like the one he had in Reich.
Philadelphia is also in the market for a defensive coordinator with Jim Schwartz deciding to take a year off. Matt Burke and Marquand Manuel are potential in-house candidates. There are plenty of notable names on the market, including Gus Bradley, Dan Quinn and Wade Phillips.
Anything else we should know?
The Eagles have secured the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft after a controversial move to pull Hurts in the season finale against Washington, putting them in the center of the action this April. They wouldn’t flirt with selecting a quarterback to compete with Hurts … would they? Or, how about finally solving their wide receiver issues by drafting Alabama’s DeVonta Smith or LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase?
And while Roseman is safe, there is bound to be some moves in the front office. John Dorsey has been serving as a consultant and could take on a full-time role.
So yeah, it’s going to be a pretty wild offseason in Philly. Buckle up.