After taking their sweet time to look around, the Eagles have chosen Billy Davis to coordinate their defense. In breaking that news, CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher also states unequivocally that the team will run a 3-4 base. The Davis hire seems curious. Despite coaching in the league since 1992, Davis has proved an abject failure in 2 previous stints as coordinator. Under HC Mike Nolan, his Niners unit finished 30th in points allowed and 32nd in yards in 2005, then 32nd and 26th the following year. He was fired in favor of Greg Manusky after that, and the rankings improved. As Cardinals DC in 2009 and 2010, Davis watched his D go from 14th in points and 20th in yards the 1st season to 30th and 29th in his 2nd year. Then he was booted in favor of 1st-time DC Ray Horton. Guess the optimistic view is that Davis can only get better. A switch from 4-3 to 3-4, however, figures to hurt the fantasy outlooks of DEs Trent Cole and Brandon Graham. In typical tackle-heavy IDP leagues, each will be hard pressed to make an impact at LB. On the bright side, perhaps Mychal Kendricks can shift inside and boost his numbers in year 2.
The Eagles have named Shane Steichen their new OC. Steichen coached alongside new Eagles HC Nick Sirianni with the Chargers from 2014 to 2017. He took over as Chargers OC midway through the 2019 campaign and then led the squad to a 9th-place finish in total yards this past year. The 2020 Chargers were a fast-paced offense, ranking 5th in situation-neutral pace.
The Eagles are hiring Nick Sirianni as their new HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sirianni has 12 seasons of experience in the league, spending the past 3 as Colts OC. Indianapolis finished top 7 in points and yards with QB Andrew Luck in Sirianni's 1st year. The unit took a step back after Luck's surprise retirement in 2019 but bounced back to rank 9th in points and 10th in yards this past season. It's worth noting, though, that it was HC Frank Reich calling the plays for the Colts. So the 39-year-old Sirianni heads to Philly as a bit of an unknown.
The Eagles have fired HC Doug Pederson. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the move was made as a result of both on-field performance and disagreements between Pederson and management on coaching staff changes for 2021 and beyond. "Pederson was sick of people telling him what to do," Rapoport adds. Pederson is just 3 seasons removed from bringing a Super Bowl to Philadelphia, but his 2020 Eagles were 1 of the most disappointing teams in the league. We'll see who Philly hires as its new HC and, more importantly, how they decide to move forward at QB.
The Eagles have ruled DE Derek Barnett and DT Fletcher Cox out for Sunday night's season finale against Washington. With DE Josh Sweat on IR, that leaves Vinny Curry to start opposite Brandon Graham for the 2nd straight game. He carries intriguing upside against Washington. With Cox missing, Javon Hargrave and Malik Jackson figure to be the top 2 at DT again.
Eagles DEs Brandon Graham (concussion) and Derek Barnett (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Rams. It'll be Barnett's 2020 debut after he missed the opener. Graham profiles better for IDP usage. Both help the upside of the Philly team defense.
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