By Harry Allison
The Chiefs and Niners are preparing to meet in Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2.
That means the Eagles are two years out from their magical Supe 52 win in Minny.
What will it take for them to be serious contenders for the 2021 NFL title?
The Eagles’ 2019 season was defined in large part by their attrition, particularly at offensive skill positions down the stretch.
A lack of wide receivers, and specifically Desean Jackson (above), due to injury created a season in which running back Miles Sanders led the team in receiving yards on passes 20 or more yards downfield. It’s hard to have an effective passing game when that is your reality. Jackson should be back and healthy in 2020, but the Eagles could still benefit by adding a speedy receiver or two this offseason.
On the other side of the field, the Eagles’ coverage was one of their bigger weaknesses.
Cornerbacks Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills all finished the season with PFF grades below 60.0, and Darby had one of the worst coverage lines of any cornerback in the league with 17 yards allowed per reception and a 117.9 passer rating into his coverage.
Adding cornerbacks and safeties who can positively impact the most important aspect of defense in today’s NFL — coverage — will be vital.