Grading the Offense

Looking at the Offense, l like to try and constructively break things down and grade each groups performance.

Starting with the Coaches and the Offense:

Coaching: D

Head Coach: Nick Sirianni (D-). There seems to never be any effort on his part to make game time adjustments. He delivers excuses for seemingly predictable outcomes, and about the only thing he did effectively was commit to a sound running strategy, which if we're honest, would have benefited any coach given the talent along the O-Line. He never effectively utilized 2-TE sets with Ertz and Goedert and tried to rely on an undersized rookie WR to carry the team’s hopes in the passing game. The Bucs illustrated his shortcomings in a single playoff game, and his inability to beat a team with a winning record doesn’t look promising moving forward.

Defensive Coordinator: Jonathan Gannon (D+). I understand that Gannon wants to try and bring pressure utilizing only the front four. Yet imagine how much more effective the defense could be if he mixed in hidden blitzes that would help maximize the pressure against opposing QBs. There was hope in one game. Yet afterwards, he lapsed back into zone coverage against every team thereafter; with LBs not up to the task of covering the center of the field. The only bright side was that Gannon was very proactive at mixing up the looks along the defensive line.

Quarterbacks: (C+)

Jalen Hurts: (C) Cmp: 265 / Att: 432 / Cmp%: 61.3 / Yds: 3,144 / TDs: 16 / Ints: 9

While no one can question Jalen’s determination, there are times when one can question his judgment. His tendency to overlook open receivers, and key defenses towards his primary targets led to a number of interceptions. Yet, his ability to threaten defenses with his legs remains intriguing. While he isn’t a Josh Allen or Kyler Murray in the pocket, hopefully he can begin to show some more consistency with his arm. I think the organization will look toward giving him another shot at the position, unless he struggles in camp. In which case, a competition would most likely determine who starts next season.

Gardner Minshew: (B-) Cmp: 41 / Att: 60 / Cmp%: 68.3 / Yds: 439 / TDs: 4 / Ints: 1

Minshew performed well when called upon, but let’s face it, the season lasts longer than just a few games. Still, he demonstrated an ability to operate from the pocket effectively and was able to locate targets down field. What’s more, he also showed an ability to move the chains with his legs when needed. His performance against the Jets was a promising look at the potential he could have. Yet, he did struggle a bit against Dallas, when he no longer had the protection of a starting OL. Still the future looks bright.

Running Backs: B

Miles Sanders: (B) Att: 137 / Yds: 754 / TDs: 0 / Rec: 26 / Yds: 158: / TDs: 0

It’s concerning that Sanders never found the endzone, especially with repeated opportunities. Yet, there’s no denying that he’s as elusive as they come. If there’s one drawback, it’s that Sanders doesn’t possess the size to punish defenses between the tacklers. It was nice to see him bounce back from a broken hand though, and not really suffer from the ailments that plagued his 2020 season.

Kenneth Gainwell: (B+) Att: 68 / Yds: 291 / TDs: 5 / Rec: 33 / Yds: 253 / TDs: 1

A refreshing change of pace from the backfield, Gainwell’s shown some reliable receiving hands and a determination to punish would be tacklers. I think the coaching staff neglected him as the season went on, but with Howard and Scott set for FA, things should improve.

Jason Huntley: (B) Att: 13 / Yds: 51 / TDs: 0 / Rec: 0 / Yds: 0 / TDs: 0

Despite his diminutive size, Huntley displayed some determination every time he had the ball in his hands against Dallas. It will be interesting to see how things progress in camp. However, while his speed is an asset, his size remains a concern.

Jordan Howard: Probably lost to FA.

Boston Scott: Probably lost to FA.

I don’t see either Howard or Scott back unless interest in FA leaves them no other choice. Jordan Howard would be of more help to the team, possessing the size none of the other three listed RBs have. The best option would be to try and bring in a younger, bigger back like always, through FA.

Wide Receivers: (D+) Arguably the weakest group on the team. Its hopes relied on an undersized rookie WR carrying the load and to help draw attention away from 2nd and 3rd year starts (Reagor & Whiteside) that couldn’t even gain production against opponent’s lesser CBs.

DeVonta Smith: (B) Rec: 64 / Tgts: 104 / Yds: 916 / TDs: 5

Remove Dallas Goedert, and very little talent surrounds Smith. With 916 yards from scrimmage and 5 TDs, Smith’s 64 receptions out of 104 targets (61%), can only improve if the team can somehow add a legitimate #2 threat. His routes were impressive, and his ability to exploit defensive gaps was refreshing. My only concern is whether Smith’s 6’, 170 pound, frame can handle the punishment of a 17 game season. Sirianni’s failure to get Smith involved early on against Tampa to help open up running lanes robed us of a chance to see how effective he could be in shouldering the #1 spot.

Jalen Reagor: (F) Rec: 33 / Tgts: 57 / Yds: 299 / TDs: 2

Arguably the most disappointing draft pick in recent years. As a first rounder, his career 64 receptions for 695 yards and 3 TDs should have been stats for his rookie season, on a bad day, in his 11 games played. But instead, they represent two seasons of missed opportunities, dropped passes, and an inability to productively stretch the field. Everyone knew Jefferson was the better talent, but the Eagles shot themselves in the foot chasing a speedster that has simply run out of road in Philly. Either Watkins or Ward, would have been more productive with his time on the field, and his roster spot would be better served at this point by any WR selected in the 4th or 5th round of the draft.

Quez Watkins: (B-) Rec: 43 / Tgts: 62 / Yds: 647 / TDs: 1

Seems to be developing nicely, and though I don’t see Watkins serving as a legitimate #2 threat. His productivity, 647 yards from scrimmage on 43 receptions via 62 targets (69%), from the slot is impressive and he remains a reliable option for the roster at this time.

Greg Ward: (C-) Rec: 7 / Tgts: 11 / YDS: 95 / TDs: 3

Plagued more by coaching ineptitude, then by anything else, Ward’s receptions plummeted from 53 to 7. Given the fact that he was only targeted 11 times, he still had 7 receptions (63%) for 95 yards and 3 TDs. While he did suffer some back issues, one wonders what production he could have had with some of Reagor’s time on the field to stay in better football shape. At 5’11" and only 190 pounds, Ward will never intimidate opponents, but his ability to stretch the back field to account for his presence still secures him a spot on a team that has more impending needs. Yet, this will depend on what type of money he is looking for as a RFA.

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: (F-) Rec: 2 / Tgts: 5 / Yds: 36 / TDs: 0

A 6’2", 225 pound WR that never lived up to his 2nd round selection. With only 290 yards on 16 receptions across three seasons, and 1 TD as a rookie; his departure is all up assured. His only talent seems to lie in blocking, which only helps with passes behind the line of scrimmage, which this team has become far too reliant on.

With defensive needs, I look for the team to bring in a couple free agent options, and maybe a mid to later round draft pick.

Tight Ends: (B+) The team never seemed to learn how to productively employee both Ertz and Goedert together, even after Belichick demonstrated how effective it could be with Gronk and Hernandez. Thankfully, TE seems to be one of the positions the Eagles have always been good at developing. Historically: Jackson (88-91)/Lewis (97-05)/Smith (03-08)/Celek (07-17) /Ertz (14-21)

Dallas Goedert (A-): Rec: 56 / Tgts: 76 / Yds: 830 / TDs: 4

All indications point to an ability to fill most of the void created by trading away Zack Ertz. While there are the occasional drops in the open field; his determination and drive more than make up for these rare mistakes. As long as he can stay healthy, he’ll remain a deadly passing option for the offense.

Jack Stoll (B-): Rec: 4 / Tgts: 5 / Yds: 22 / TDs: 0

While not much exists in the way of highlight reels; Stoll’s blocking along the OL and production on Special Teams have been pretty consistent. With a majority of needs elsewhere look for Stoll to fill the role as a #2 TE for now.

With both Goedert and Stoll, I don’t see the team doing much more than relying on Tyree Jackson to recover, or going with an undrafted option.

Offensive Line: (B+) The only thing preventing this grade from being an A is its durability. Otherwise, we’ve had one of the most talent lines over the last few years. Sadly, it’s been plagued with injuries and I think some tough choices need to start being made.

Center (B+) A position free from worry for years. Yet how much longer can Kelse set the bar on a Hall of Fame career?

Jason Kelse: (A) Future HOF. Nuff said.

Landon Dickerson: (C+) His size alone, 333 pounds, would help secure the line in the middle, but he is going to need to fill some pretty big shoes when the time comes. Hopefully he's been taking notes from Kelse.

Guard (C-) The weakest spot on the line, with the most injury prone players. Hopefully some of the additions we’ve added over the last few years received enough reps to warrant serious consideration for elevated duties.

Brandon Brooks: (C+) With an annual salary north of 14 Million, one wonders what it will cost to keep a player starting their 10th year coming off an injury. Don’t get me wrong, on paper, Brooks is a beast. But the game isn’t played on paper, it’s played on a field, and there just seems to be something always interfering with his performance.

Isaac Seumalo: (C-) Under contract till 2022, Seumalo was once one of the most unpredictable performers along the line. Some games, you’d sit back and wonder where he came from. And in others he was pretty much a turn style; with opponents just walking right on past. With two injury prone seasons, only time will tell which player returns to the team.

Tackle (B+) A phenomenal group.

Lane Johnston: (B) 13-7-12. The number of games played going back three years. Look, I’m glad Johnson was able to seek help for personal issues. Lord knows, B-Dawk passed on some serious words of wisdom for players back in Canton. But next year will be Johnson’s 10th, and the team will have to start looking at alternatives that can stay on the field. Dillard presents a unique option. Till then, the team will benefit from his experience and tenacity on the line.

Jordan Mailata: (A-) The fact that Mailata only gave up 3 sacks and committed 7 penalties in his third season is amazing; given the fact that he’d never played up until drafted by the birds. His size and speed are a rare combination and will hopefully secure the blind side for years to come.

Andre Dillard: (B-) In nine starts, Dillard has only given up 1 sack. Yet, at 6’5" and 315 pounds, he possesses some serious agility. Let’s fact it, there aren’t many teams that have a first round draft pick serving as the depth to their starters for three years. Thankfully, about the time Dillard’s rookie contract expires will be the time we’re going to need a starting RT.

I don't see the offense needing as much attention outside of WR in the draft. Given that the team needs to address Linebacker, Safety, an additional Corner, and probably a DE, any additions to this side of the ball can be handled in FA.