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Philadelphia Eagles

Well, That Escalated Quickly

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Well, that escalated quickly.

Few, if any, could have imagined that the Philadelphia Eagles would enter the 2021 season with a new head coach and quarterback. Just a few years removed from a Super Bowl title, the round robin of deteriorating relationships between ownership, front office, coaching staff, and players ended with a disappointing 4-11-1 season, Doug Pederson fired, and Carson Wentz traded to Indianapolis.

Amazon's All or Nothing followed the Eagles throughout the 2019 season. A 2020 version might have been more fit for Bravo, complete with an Andy Cohen-hosted reunion special. The most successful football group in Philadelphia throughout the 2020 season might have been the beat writers, who were able to dive into how everything broke down. A January story from the Philadelphia Inquirer detailed the falling out between Wentz and Pederson, which included the quarterback killing plays at the line of scrimmage "for no other reason than personal distaste." An April story from The Athletic highlighted the rift between Pederson and the duo of Howie Roseman and owner Jeffery Lurie as well as growing tension between different departments within the Eagles' building.

Wentz no longer trusted Pederson's offense. Pederson's offense no longer had answers to cover up the quarterback's flaws. The coaching staff no longer had anyone willing to hold Wentz accountable for his mistakes. Lurie no longer trusted Pederson's play calling or staffing decisions. All of this combined to paint the picture of an organization that went from a Super Bowl following the 2017 season to back-to-back nine-win seasons, then a complete bottoming out and rebuild.

Since 2000 only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, and Denver Broncos fell to a worse DVOA than the 2020 Eagles (-18.8%) within five years of winning the Super Bowl. Two of those teams had Peyton Manning during the Super Bowl season and then did not during the poor season in question. The 2006 Buccaneers completely collapsed on defense (24th in DVOA after eight straight years in the top 10) and offense (30th in DVOA behind 11 starts from Bruce Gradkowski) but they rebounded again...