One more look at Haason Reddick's phenomenal 2022 Eagles season, thoughts about 2023

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles' defense was one of the NFL's elite units during the most recent regular season. They forced turnovers. They got to the opposing quarterback often. They had a fire that the City of Brotherly Love hadn't seen in several years. Haason Reddick's addition was a huge reason why that was the case.

Reddick wasn't a team captain, but he brought veteran leadership to the defensive unit and led by example. He also brought a swagger that the group has been missing since Malcolm Jenkins left the team after the 2019 season.

Reddick's work ethic mirrors his play on the field, and that certainly had to rub off on some of his teammates this past season. Philly earned their highest sack total in franchise history (70)and the second-highest total in league history as a result.

All of this also helped Philly's secondary. They finished first among pro football's 32 teams versus the pass by allowing the lowest passing yards total. Opposing quarterbacks had to keep their heads on swivels. Let's take a quick look at what the Eagles' defense did in the sack department before Reddick's arrival and what could be in store in the future.

Believe it or not, the Eagles hadn't had a player post double digits sacks since 2018. Four players did so last season.

Before the most recent regular season, the last time we saw an Eagles player collect double-digit sacks was in 2018. Fletcher Cox finished the campaign with 10.5.

Since then, from the 2019's regular season until 2021's run, the highest individual sack total came from Brandon Graham, He notched 8.5 quarterback takedowns in 2019. That isn't great.

Everything changed in 2022. The arrival of former Temple star and hometown product Haason Reddick led to immediate results. He led Philadelphia's defense with 16 sacks. Three other players eclipsed the double-digit sack threshold as well. Javon Hargrave, Josh Sweat, and Brandon Graham all finished the regular season with 11 sacks.

You have heard the saying before. Success is contagious.

Reddick's aggressive play ignited the defense. Talk about a turnaround. Graham definitely benefited from Haason's arrival. Philadelphia was able to use him in a rotational role, and that kept B.G. healthy and fresh all year.

What can we expect from Reddick and the rest of the defense in the terms of sacks in 2023?

Haason Reddick is already a seasoned veteran. He is also still relatively young. The coming NFL season will be his seventh. He turns 29 years young on September 22nd.

He is truly entering the prime of his career. These past three seasons, he has averaged 13.1 sacks, and there is no reason not to expect him to achieve a similar during the coming campaign.

Now, 70 total team sacks might be tough to match, but it would be nice to see Philly get within striking distance of that number again. if two or three of Reddick's teammates join him and produce double-digit sack totals of their own, Philadelphia should still produce a respectable number.

Josh Sweat is a fine candidate for the double-digit sack club. Graham, if he stays healthy and, again, plays a generous number of snaps, can enjoy another nice season in what might be his swan song.

Everybody hopes Jordan Davis takes the next step. There is also a buzz growing around Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith. Don't forget about fellow rookie Moro Ojomo, new guys like Kentavius Street, and veterans like Fletcher Cox. The Eagles have seen changes. Javon Hargrave is gone, but as long as Haason Reddick is still around, opposing offenses won't enjoy seeing the Eagles on the upcoming schedule.

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