5 Checkpoints on the Philadelphia Eagles roadmap to offensive success

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3. Limit turnovers.

Here’s one for the ‘obvious’ category. Teams that don’t take care of the ball lose in the NFL, and even though mistake-free football is an impossible ask of a young offense, the Philadelphia Eagles will want to chase perfection and constant concentration.

We’ve seen Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders struggle with the ball on the ground before, and Jalen Hurts has coughed the ball up nine times in each of his first two seasons. That can’t happen in 2022.

Confidence rating: A-

4. Jalen Hurts’ continued evolution as a passer

Fingers are crossed for a bounceback year from Miles Sanders. Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell don’t get enough credit for how good they are. Hurts has the help in the backfield. He most certainly has a qualified group of skill players to get the ball to.

We know he’s a playmaker. We’ve seen him make throws. Now, we just want to see the latter more frequently. The next step in Jalen Hurts’ development is taking another step forward as a passer.

Confidence rating: B-

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5. Fingers are crossed for Shane Steichen as a play-caller.

There’s a humility to Nick Sirianni that’s refreshing to see. Knowing that he has the courage to admit failure as a play-caller and give that responsibility to someone else is encouraging. That’s a trait that some of his peers may not share (see Doug Pederson).

The offense’s controls will be manned by its coordinator, Shane Steichen. You don’t need us to tell you this, but we’ll say it anyway. He and Jonathan Gannon are under a tremendous amount of pressure this season.

Confidence rating: A