Philadelphia Eagles 2024 NFL offseason primer: More changes ahead for NFC contender that soured quickly

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Philadelphia Eagles’ 2023 season: 11-6, lost in wild card

Overview: The Eagles collapsed hard in trying to return to the Super Bowl, starting 10-1 with some notable victories but finishing 1-5 with some equally ugly losses. Long considered one of the top teams in the NFC, they blew the inside track to the NFC East title on multiple occasions in December, and then everything looked bad in a wild-card round loss at the Buccaneers.

That led to a pretty sizable shakeup. Head coach Nick Sirianni kept his job, but both coordinators lost theirs in January with OC Brian Johnson being replaced by Kellen Moore and DC Sean Desai — who himself had lost play-calling duties late in the season to Matt Patricia — being dumped in favor of Vic Fangio.

The top priorities for team owner Jeffrey Lurie, GM Howie Roseman, and Sirianni and his staff? Helping Jalen Hurts rediscover his franchise quarterback self after a step backward in 2023, as well as returning the defense to among the league’s best, not to mention fixing the apparent chemistry issues that led to that ugly night in Tampa.

(Taylor Wilhelm/Yahoo Sports)

Key free agents

C Jason Kelce
DT Fletcher Cox
RB D’Andre Swift
DE Brandon Graham
LB Zach Cunningham
LB Shaquille Leonard

Who’s in/out: Kelce is the biggest name to watch here. Initial reports suggested the future Hall of Famer had decided to retire right after the Eagles’ wild-card loss, but Kelce himself denied it. “I just don’t think you’re in a position after a game like that to really make that decision,” Kelce said on his “New Heights” podcast. Over a month later, he still hasn’t announced his decision. Graham, meanwhile, has said 2024 will be his last season, and hopes to re-sign with the Eagles on another one-year deal. And while the forthcoming defensive revamp could mean Cox and others are playing elsewhere next season, the Eagles have a decision to make with Swift, who was productive in 2023 and finished fifth in the NFL in rushing yardage — for a franchise…

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Publish date : 2024-02-23 01:36:56

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