Colin Cowherd: “Every year we know there are seven new playoff teams, and any time you suggest a team that made it last year won’t this year, people freak out. They’ll be seven new playoff teams and half the playoff teams [from last year] won’t make it [on average]. Here is something else that has happened in the NFL for five straight years: a really high-end playoff team, Rams won the Super Bowl, falls off a cliff. The year before, both the Ravens and the Seahawks. Playoff teams and then missed the playoffs in 2021. In 2020 it was New England. Tom Brady left— 12-4 to 7-9. In 2020 it was San Francisco, 13-3 to 6-10. In 2019 the Chargers went from 12-4 to 5-11. In 2018 the Panthers went from 11-5 to 7-9. In every single one of them it was either a quarterback who was old, previously injured, moves a lot and gets hurt, and in many instances, the o-line falls apart in front of him. Now we have to tell you a team who we think is really good, but there are some blinking red lights. Jalen Hurts runs more than any quarterback since Lamar Jackson, and got hurt year. Little wide receiver drama— AJ Brown. Leading rusher is gone [Miles Sanders]. Offensive line is really, really old. Nick Sirianni gave up play-calling and then they got really good. Uh, oh, they lost both coordinators, including the play-caller, Shane Steichen. I know, Eagle fan, you know you’re getting back to the Super Bowl! But there’s a lot of blinking lights here. Philadelphia has the second-best roster in the NFC to San Francisco, but this team got really good when Nick Sirianni gave up the play-calling, and James Steichen is who Justin Herbert had a great rookie year with, and who Jalen Hurts went from ‘is he any good?’ to possible MVP. Coaching matters and he’s gone. They also lost their defensive coordinator. And the schedule, ten teams that made the playoffs are on the schedule. To October 8th to December 17: at Matt Stafford, at Aaron Rodgers, Miami’s high-powered offense, Cowboys, at Mahomes, Buffalo, San Francisco, at Dak, at Seattle. Long trips, a lot of trips, great quarterbacks week after week. That is a ten-game stretch with only one layup, and that’s divisional rival Washington, a team that is more talented than they get credit for. Philadelphia is really good but there are some blinking lights. Old o-line, lose your OC, Jalen Hurts moves, schedule is brutal, no breaks in the middle of the year, and lost your leading rusher.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Colin Cowherd explain why he thinks the Philadelphia Eagles could be a major candidate to take a big step back in 2023, as Colin says the NFL has long had a trend of contenders who went from playoff juggernauts to under-.500 due to a string of bad breaks the following season.
Check out the segment above as Colin lays out why he thinks the Eagles could be extremely vulnerable to a drop off.