The Philadelphia Eagles returned to the playoffs after winning Super Bowl LII but fell short of defending their title. Have they addressed their issues?
It had been a few years since the team from the City of Brotherly Love had made consecutive playoff appearances. One year after winning Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles won five of their final six games this past season to capture a wild card berth. Doug Pederson’s squad knocked off the Bears at Chicago in the wild card round before succumbing to the Saints at the Superdome one week later.
So now the Eagles look to make it three straight trips to the postseason for the first time since 2008-10. This is a franchise, led by general manager Howie Roseman and Pederson, which has done its due diligence this offseason. From adding some new pieces to making sure some of their better players didn’t get away. In numerous people’s eyes, it’s a club primed for another Super Bowl run.
Of course, getting to South Florida next February would be easier if the Eagles captured the NFC East. The reigning champions are the Dallas Cowboys, who swept Pederson’s club this past season. So has Roseman made the right moves over the last few months? And what are the questions that need answering in Philadelphia?
5. Are the Eagles set at cornerback?
Although he’s missed a total of 15 regular-season games the past two seasons and is currently on the mend from a torn ACL, Ronald Darby was re-signed to a one-year contract this offseason by the team. Three months ago (via Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer), the former member of the Buffalo Bills expects to be ready for the season opener vs. the Washington Redskins. Keep in mind that despite missing the final seven games of 2018, he led the Eagles with 12 passes defensed.
The team could use better play from three-year pro Jalen Mills and from the cornerback position in general. Elsewhere, the team signed free-agent safety Andrew Sendejo (Minnesota Vikings). And after skipping voluntary OTAs via contract issues, three-time Pro Bowler Malcolm Jenkins is preparing for his 11th NFL season and sixth in Philadelphia.
The bottom line is that the Eagles gave up the third-most passing yards in the league in ’18. This unit will have to perform much better this upcoming year.