The 2023 Eagles are hoping to avoid the Super Bowl jinx altogether.
Philadelphia lost their offensive and defensive coordinators this offseason. Jonathan Gannon leads the Arizona Cardinals now. Shane Steichen will be asked to restore order in the Indianapolis Colts' organization.
After losing Frank Reich to the Colts in 2018, the offense lost its flow. That won't happen with Brian Johnson. He's a brilliant young coordinator and someone to watch. Sean Desai is expected to be an upgrade from Gannon, hopefully.
The Eagles lost some talent during the offseason. That was expected, but Philly was able to keep much of its core together. They also made some key additions in free agency and the NFL Draft. Depth in the secondary remains a concern. No one knows what to expect from all of that talent from Georgia, but fingers are crossed that they're ready for the pro game.
Philly invested heavily in Jalen Carter, Jordan Davis, Nolan Smith, and Nakobe Dean. Many believe that they'll be fine. We agree with that sentiment.
The 2023 Eagles are a more cohesive unit than they were following a Super Bowl XXXIX loss. They're more talented than they were in 2018 following a Super Bowl win. You don't hear any issues about drama. This is a tight-knit unit whose players care about one another and want to see each other be successful. That's a good thing. It's also good that, despite the loss of two coordinators, they have found good replacements.
The schedule is tougher than it was last season, but playing in a watered-down National Football Conference will also play in Philly's favor. Injuries can be planned for, and depth is a concern heading into Nick Sirianni's third season as head coach, but there's no need to worry about a hangover.
This team is well-led and too talented, too tightly woven, and too focused to allow any complacency to set in.