In Roob’s Observations: A crucial addition to Eagles’ coaching staff

In Roob’s Observations: A crucial addition to Eagles’ coaching staff originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Why Clint Hurtt is a critical hire for the Eagles, a look at Charle Young’s unprecedented rookie year for the Eagles and my thoughts on Greg Ward. Yes, Greg Ward.

Here’s a Super Bowl Weekend shipment of Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Observations!

1. One of the most important of the Eagles’ coaching hires is Clint Hurtt, the new defensive line coach. We’re assuming defensive line coach Tracy Rocker won’t be back and we don’t know yet about Jeremiah Washburn, who coached the edge rushers, but out of all the position groups that underachieved the second half of last year, the defensive line was at the top of the list. At some positions, the Eagles just didn’t have much talent. They just weren’t very good at linebacker or in the secondary, and that’s on Howie Roseman as much as anybody. But the d-line is loaded with talent, with 1st-round picks, with huge contracts. For that group to struggle the way it did is a direct reflection of the defensive coaching staff. The first nine games of the season, the edge rushers had 16 sacks. The last eight, they had 4 ½. The last four they had none. If you include the interior linemen, the defensive line had 25 ½ sacks the first nine games and 11 the last eight. We saw Josh Sweat disappear. We saw Haason Reddick mis-used. We saw Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter fade. The Eagles’ most effective defensive linemen the second half of the season were Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, two older veterans who are probably immune to subpar coaching at this point. We also saw the whole group suddenly begin to struggle against the run, and that’s not all d-line but a good chunk of it is. Through nine games, the Eagles were 7th-best in the NFL vs. the run (3.7 yards per carry) and the rest of the year they were 25th (4.6). There’s no way to know how much blame to assign to Sean Desai, to Rocker, to Washburn or…


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