Shane Steichen conquered winding road to become Eagles success story

Shane Steichen, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts (L), Shane Steichen (R), Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Shane Steichen reunites with Nick Sirianni and the two eventually find their way to Philadelphia.

In 2021, Shane Steichen would reunite with Nick Sirianni, who had left the Chargers in 2018 to join Frank Reich’s staff in Indianapolis with the Colts. Philip would follow him to Indy in 2020. Most of you know how the story turns out. The Eagles moved on from Doug Pederson following the 2020 NFL season. Nick got the job, and as mentioned earlier, he went with someone he knew and had worked with closely, Shane Steichen who joined the Birds as the new O.C.

Shane Steichen has been a play-calling guru for the Eagles since taking over last season. Philadelphia hasn’t lost often with him leading the offense. Since losing badly to the Raiders a season ago, we can point to a three-point loss to the Los Angeles Charges in Week 9 of 2021’s season, a six-point loss in week 12 to the New York Giants (in a game where nothing went right), and a 51-26 loss in the regular-season finale, a game where the Eagles rested their starters.

The Eagles led the NFL in rushing last season, finishing first league-wide in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. They also fielded the best offensive line. Through three games of the current campaign, they’re the NFL’s top-ranked offense.

The Eagles lead pro football in total yards (1,341). They’re third in passing yards (890). They boast the sixth-highest rushing total (451 yards). They’ve also scored the fifth most points during this young NFL season (86). Some of that is attributable to talent. Shane Steichen deserves some credit too.

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The Eagles utilize a committee system with their tailbacks, ad they do so, perhaps, better than any other team in the league. Jalen Hurts has improved greatly as a passer. They have an opportunity to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2004. Something tells us that the offense will help them do so. The sky is seemingly the limit with a fiery young head coach in Nick Sirianni and with Shane Steichen continuing to lead the Birds on offense as the play-caller.