Last season the Philadelphia Eagles had potential, but little else. Philadelphia had supposedly drafted their QB of the future with Carson Wentz but a terrible stretch to end the season had doubters springing up in massive numbers. Fast forward to 2017 and with a win over Seattle, Philadelphia can clinch a division win inside of the NFC East. What happened? What changed? How did the Philadelphia Eagles become so good, so fast, with the potential to be good for so long?
An honest analysis of the tremendous turnaround that Philadelphia has undergone should start with the offense. QB Carson Wentz went from a rookie with potential to the potential MVP of the entire National Football League. Of course, Wentz put in more hours than anyone in order to hone his talent and become better. It doesn’t hurt that Wentz was also given a slew of new offensive weapons to lean on during the season. The Philadelphia Eagles brought in former Pro Bowl wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to space the outside and that gave room for young Nelson Agholor to grow in the slot. Wentz has seamlessly found both wide outs while simultaneously getting tremendous help from veteran tight end Zach Ertz. All of these receiving options don’t even take into account the massive overhaul in the backfield with the addition of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount.
Alshon Jeffery was recently rewarded with an extension to his contract to the tune of 4 years at $52 million total, keeping Jeffery in Philly until at least 2021. Carson Wentz has found Jeffery early and often so far this season as the two have hooked up for 43 receptions, 619 yards and 7 scores. Wentz will continue to look to his big bodied star receiver as the Eagles get closer and closer to the playoffs. What comes after, when the playoffs begin in earnest, is anyone’s guess.
As one of the youngest teams in the NFC East, Philadelphia is in a unique position where they can compete for a title and build for the future at the same time. Having dominated so much of the regular season, Philly will be tasked with heavy expectations coming into the playoffs. Is it too much to ask young Wentz to lead the Eagles to the Promied Land in just his second season? Can Philadelphia continue to live up to these insane expectations? We’ll find out soon enough.