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Tony Romo joined a conference call earlier this week and he most notably described a bright future for the Philadelphia Eagles. Like, way brighter than you or I can envision.
“I think the Eagles are going to be a surprise team,” Romo said. “If you go in and think they’re really not ready, they could shock a lot of people and go 10-6 or 11-5 very quickly. That’s an uphill battle right now, but still I think they have a lot of talented players, and the coaching staff is good. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Eagles have a great season this year.”
Romo already knew how whiny Cowboys Twitter is about to be after this statement, but he didn’t care whatsoever. What’s even more interesting is that Tony Romo knows football. It’s not as if CBS forked over $17 million a year for the former Pro-Bowler to call games without breaking them down to perfection. I don’t know how we should feel about this — maybe he’s onto something?
Tony Romo says he thinks the #Eagles could “shock” the NFL.
“I think they’re going to be a surprise team. They could shock a lot of people and go 10-6/11-5 very quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they have a great season this year.”
Also says Sirianni will be “great.” pic.twitter.com/d3V17vQhb9
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) September 3, 2021
When we break down this prediction, we need to remember that the Eagles conveniently play in the NFC East. Matching up with the Cowboys, the should-be Redskins, and the Giants six times — which is more than 1/3 of the new 17-game schedule — helps. With that kind of schedule, Eagles starting quarterback Jalen Hurts doesn’t have to play at Aaron Rodgers’ or Patrick Mahomes’ level. He just has to be pretty good. That can happen.
Is it out the realm of possibility for the second-year quarterback to make a jump with a much improved team? Probably not, as most of the team’s issues last year involved Carson Wentz overthrowing open receivers, who, outside of first rounder Jalen Reagor, really weren’t that talented. The Eagles utilized this year’s first-round pick on Heisman winner Devonta Smith, another perimeter playmaker.
Even though it’s not likely that Hurts takes advantage of these acquisitions, Romo still brings up the possibility anyway.
“Jalen Hurts has an opportunity to show his ability and you’re not afforded that many in the NFL, but he showed a lot of flashes last year, and he has a chance to be very good,” Romo said.
We’ll see what Hurts and the Eagles can do starting Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons.
Most rushing yards in first 4 starts by a QB in NFL history:
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) September 5, 2021