Last season, the NFC East was one of the most competitive divisions in the National Football League with three of the four teams qualifying for the postseason. Part of the reason for the success last year was good leadership. Each head coach in the NFC East has a unique resume. All four of them field competitive teams. As a result, no one should be surprised that they all return in 2023 with higher expectations than ever.
Let's take a look at each of them. Let's discuss possible improvements. Here's a ranking from first to worst that is based primarily on their expected finish.
1. Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Sirianni surpassed fans' expectations in 2022 by leading the Eagles all the way to the Super Bowl. On the way, Philly notched the best record in the NFC. Unfortunately, the Birds were unable to secure the franchise's second Lombardi Trophy to cap what was truly a remarkable season.
Sirianni enters his third season as the Eagles' head coach. His era got off to a shaky start as the Eagles began the 2021 season with a 2-5 record. Sirianni found ways to make the team more competitive as they closed the second half of his rookie campaign with a 7-2 mark to clinch a Wild Card berth. A loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs ended the season, but created something to build on.
Things came together for the Eagles in 2022. With an improved Jalen Hurts at quarterback, a successful running game, and a defense that led the league in sacks, Philadelphia won a franchise record 14 games. Two blowout wins over the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs put them back in the Super Bowl where they narrowly lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sirianni has quickly ascended to the top of head coaching ranks throughout the league. He has a talented roster, but has to navigate significant change in 2023. The Eagles will have new offensive and defensive coordinators as well as roster turnover on both sides of the ball.