3 steps to ensuring another Eagles playoff run this season

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Josh Sweat #94, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Eagles’ pass rush must produce more sacks and force more turnovers.

It won’t take much to improve the Birds’ pass rush because they definitely do a lot of it last season. Javon Hargrave and Josh Sweat both recorded 7.5 sacks (and they made the Pro Bowl), but they’ll need more help as this defense wants to rely on the pressure created by the front.

Philly recorded the second least sacks in the league last season with 29. It’s a huge drop-off from 2020 when the team recorded the third-most sacks in the NFL (49). To be fair, Jonathan Gannon’s defense scheme wasn’t very aggressive, but that can’t be used as an excuse.

This team has to attack. They have to get home more than they have when they elect to do so. Drafting Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean and adding Haason Reddick should help as should the return of Brandon Graham. B.G. missed all but two games thanks to a torn Achilles.

Good defenses create additional opportunities for their offensive teammates. Forcing turnovers gives Jalen Hurts and the rest of Philadelphia’s offense more offensive possessions. Over the course of the past two seasons. Philly’s secondary has produced 20 interceptions, which is not great, especially when you consider the fact that the Cowboys and New England Patriots both notched 20 picks in 17 regular-season games last year.

Philadelphia has added former New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry via a one-year deal to help. The combination of him, Darius Slay, and Avonte Maddox should give quarterbacks tons to think about all season when they drop back to pass.