Why Is the Eagles Coaching Staff Better In 2016 vs 2015?
After 9 games the Eagles are trending in a positive direction under 1st Year Head Coach Doug Pederson. Beyond their 5-4 record, the Eagles are statistically better than last year's team. In 2016 the Eagles are top ten in the NFL in both Points For (25.1/game - 10th) and Points Against (17.8/game - 3rd) compared to last season when they were 13th in Points For (23.6/game) and 28th in Points Against (26.9/game). Also the 2016 Eagles are averaging more Plays Per Offensive Possession (6.36 vs 5.57 in 2015), more Net Yards Per Offensive Drive (29.8 vs 28.4 in 2015) and compiled a lower Percentage of Offensive Drives Ending In a Turnover (9.7% vs 15.3% in 2015).
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan joined The Sports Bash on Monday and discussed why the Eagles coaching staff has been such an improvement over the previous regime:
“ The Eagles coaching for the most part has been fantastic, way better than the previous regimes coaching job. I think coaching has been really big for this football team...Each week unlike the previous coaching staff they go with a one week game plan: so what is it going to take for this team to win? What they are doing is like this past week to run the football because Atlanta has the best offense we want to keep their offense off of the field so they did that. That was very good coaching....The fact of the matter is that they look at this as a one game season each week which is really the best way to coach. Your job is to coach against and manage against the opponent and that is what this coaching staff has done on both sides of the football each week.”
Checkout Caplan's analysis of Eagles Offense, Ryan Mathews at Running Back, Jim Schwartz defense and his thoughts on NFL Officiating in 2016