Eagles Appoint Offensive Coordinator to Boost Jalen Hurts, Offense

Philadelphia Eagles face a season of highs and lows

by Zain ul Abedin
Eagles Appoint Offensive Coordinator to Boost Jalen Hurts, Offense
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In a strategic move to rejuvenate their offensive prowess, the Philadelphia Eagles have announced Kellen Moore as their new offensive coordinator. The decision comes after Brian Johnson departed from the role after just one season, as NFL Network and ESPN reported.

Philadelphia's head coach, Nick Sirianni, expressed his eagerness for fresh ideas to invigorate the team's quarterback, Jalen Hurts, and breathe life back into the offense after a lackluster end to the 2023 season. The Eagles had soared to the NFC championship in 2022 under the guidance of Shane Steichen, who was in his second year as offensive coordinator.

However, when Steichen departed to lead the Indianapolis Colts, Johnson was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator for the 2023 season.

Eagles' 2023 Rollercoaster Season

The 2023 season was a rollercoaster for Philadelphia, starting strong with ten victories in their first eleven games, only to lose six of their final seven, culminating in a disappointing 32-9 playoff defeat against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The team's offensive ranking also took a hit, finishing seventh in points and eighth in yards among all NFL teams, a stark contrast to their second-place standings in both categories in 2022. Kellen Moore, a former star quarterback at Boise State, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Eagles.

Moore had an impressive collegiate career, consistently ranking high in Heisman Trophy voting. His NFL journey included stints with the Dallas Cowboys, where he played in three regular-season games and started twice. Moore transitioned into coaching, serving as the quarterbacks coach for the Cowboys in 2018, followed by a three-year stint as the offensive coordinator.

In 2023, he took on the offensive coordinator role for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hurts' Performance Evolution

Coach Sirianni expressed his optimism about Moore's appointment, emphasizing the collaborative effort between Moore and Hurts to propel the Eagles back to their peak performance.

In 2022, Jalen Hurts showcased his potential, completing 306-of-460 passes for 3,701 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions, boasting a passing-efficiency rating of 101.5. He also exhibited mobility, rushing for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns on 165 carries in 15 regular-season games.

However, in 2023, Hurts faced challenges, completing 352-of-538 passes for 3,858 yards with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, resulting in a lower passing-efficiency rating of 89.1, while still accumulating 605 yards and 15 touchdowns on 157 carries in 17 regular-season games.

This move is part of a broader restructuring effort by the Eagles, who recently appointed Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator for the 2024 season. Fangio, a seasoned veteran with 20 years of defensive coaching experience in the NFL, served as the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator in 2023 and was previously the head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2019 to 2021. With these changes, the Eagles are gearing up for an exciting and promising 2024 season.

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