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Now that the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 season is over, let’s look back at how fan confidence fluctuated over the course of the year.
Expectations were high coming into the season but confidence dipped when the Eagles got off to a 1-2 start. Beating the Packers in Green Bay and then the New York Jets provided a rebound before the team lost two straight games in Minnesota and Dallas by a combined score of 75 to 30. A win over the Buffalo Bills restored some confidence in the team before things went on a downward slide until the Eagles hit rock bottom: a loss to the Miami Dolphins. From there, the Eagles went on a four-game winning streak that ended the regular season on a high note. Losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs was a bummer but the circumstance of Carson Wentz getting knocked out of the game early with a cheap shot made it hard to be super mad at the team.
Heading into the 2020 offseason, the Eagles have a 61% confidence rating. That figure ranks 11th out of 32 teams, so, it could be worse.
The Eagles have a big offseason ahead of them. They’re off to a nice start by getting rid of Mike Groh and Carson Walch. But now they need to make the right hires to replace those guys. Howie Roseman also needs to deliver on the messaging from his post-season press conference and add more young, dynamic talent to this aging roster. Roseman needs to help this team out more than he has the past two years.
If Roseman can do some good work in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft, fans should be feeling good about the team’s outlook next season. Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz eliminated doubt that they’re one of the better head coach and quarterback combinations in the league.
Elsewhere around the NFC East, Washington (!) actually has the second highest fan confidence rating in the division. Washington fans are feeling the best they’ve felt since shortly after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Ron Rivera effect:
I think Rivera will raise Washington’s floor, for sure, but Dan Snyder ultimately lowers that team’s ceiling.
Dallas Cowboys fan confidence jumped up 30% following the Mike McCarthy hire:
My question is: did McCarthy really reinvent himself or was it all just lip service in order to get another coaching opportunity? I can’t help but wonder if the Cowboys replaced Jason Garrett with another coach who will keep the team competitive but not make them good enough to get over the hump.
The New York Giants saw a decrease in fan confidence with the team missing out on Matt Rhule and hiring Joe Judge (who?) instead:
As long as Dave Gettleman is employed by the Giants, it’ll be hard to take them super seriously. The guy is not in touch with the modern NFL:
Dave Gettleman: "People say it's a passing league, I get that...but the the top four teams were not in the playoffs, the top four rushing teams were in the playoffs" pic.twitter.com/RGi8tXDQ7K— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 9, 2020
This week’s national FanPulse questions asks: Which wild card upset was most surprising?
Hard to be totally shocked by the Patriots losing when they had just lost at home to the Miami Dolphins. Not to mention Tom Brady looking pretty washed in 2019.
Kirk Cousins showing up for a big game was legitimately shocking.
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