Will the NFC East be crazy again in 2021?
2020 was crazy enough as we remember, first of all with Covid and also a crazy NFC East. The Eagles made a significant change after the 2020 season with the firing of Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson and moving on from 2016 first-round draft pick Carson Wentz. Eagles fans thought a big change would be coming like always when there is a bad season, is firing Howie Roseman, but Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie decided to retain Roseman for the time being.
When I mentioned that the NFC East was crazy in the 2020 season and the final game of the regular season. The Eagles became the New York Giants, biggest enemy going into the 2021 season. After the Washington Football Team defeated the Eagles by a score of 20-14 after the Birds led throughout the game, an Eagles win would have sent the Giants to the playoffs. That led to the Washington Football Team winning the NFC East and having a quick playoff exit with a loss to Tom Brady and the Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers.
If the Birds would have beaten the Washington Football Team, the NFC East would have had a 6-10 champion going into the NFC Wildcard against Tampa Bay. The 2020 NFC East was as crazy as the year 2020 itself and the changes going into the offseason were going to be interesting enough. It also took a long time to find a new head coach that would be suitable for quarterback Jalen Hurts NFL development.
Nick Siriani is his first season as the Birds head coach. Siriani has worked under Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel at Kansas City, Mike McCoy at San Diego, and former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich in Indianapolis. Coach Siriani has coached Matt Cassel, Alex Smith, Phillip Rivers, and Andrew Luck. This is Siriani's first NFL Head Coaching job, but I am excited about what he will be able to do in Philadelphia because the Eagles are always talented.
The NFC East was also very weak last season and in recent years it has been. Last season's champion Washington Football Team won the division at 7-9, and before last season the Eagles won it in back to back years at 9-7 in 2018 and 9-7 in 2019. Have NFC East teams just been playing tougher schedules or have they have just not been good? This season the Eagles have a really tough schedule with the opener in Atlanta, a place the Birds have not won at since 2009. The typical NFC East opponents, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans at home, and trips out west to Denver and Las Vegas. The 49ers and Chargers will visit Philly, and the Eagles will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers, and the Eagles will visit Newark to play the Jets.
I am really looking forward to seeing how it all plays out in 2021 and I hope it is way than 2020. I can't wait to see what Nick Siriani does in year one and especially the positives. I am expecting more wins this season and hopefully an NFC East Championship and sweeps over Dallas.