2. A rough defense
There's no sugarcoating it, the Eagles' defense is faltering. Handing over play-calling duties to de facto defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has exposed schematic and personnel deficiencies. It's astonishing to consider that this same defense propelled the team to a Super Bowl appearance last season and now the unit ranks among the worst in the NFL.
The recent matchup against the Cardinals exemplifies the defensive struggles. Despite a halftime lead, the Eagles allowed 29 points in the second half, with every Cardinals possession resulting in a 70+ yard touchdown drive. Since Patricia took over, the Eagles have averaged 26.6 points and 346 yards allowed per game, placing them in the bottom 12 in the league.
As the team heads into Wild Card weekend, Sirianni's commitment to Patricia's play-calling raises questions about the defense's ability to adapt and perform at a higher level. Something simply has to change.