After getting a behind the scenes look at the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 season through Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ docuseries, these are the major takeaways.
Last Friday, Amazon released its new documentary series, All or Nothing: The Philadelphia Eagles, which recapped the team’s entire 2019 season from the season-opening kickoff all the way to their playoff exit.
While many will be reminded of the style of HBO’s Hard Knocks, this docuseries takes you behind the scenes on Philly’s remarkable season beyond just training camp and the preseason. All or Nothing brings you on a journey that goes through trials and tribulations only to end with their unfortunate playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
After taking in all eight episodes of the series, here are the major takeaways for the Philadelphia Eagles from All or Nothing.
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5. DeSean Jackson will be a difference-maker in 2020
The first game against the Washington Redskins in 2019 was an absolute tease. Carson Wentz connected with DeSean Jackson for eight catches, 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The connection was absolute fire. Then, the Atlanta Falcons game transpired the following week and that was it.
Jackson was declared out of the game with a groin injury but he tried to make a comeback against the Chicago Bears a few weeks later. He then suffered a season-ending core muscle surgery. It was extremely disappointing for Jackson but he should be back in 2020 fully healthy. Barring another injury, Jackson will make a huge impact on the Eagles offense next season.
4. Eagles’ secondary needs major improvements
The secondary was exposed in 2019, especially in the early part of the season when they went up against Julio Jones, Davante Adams and Stefon Diggs. Unless the Eagles make changes to the unit, 2020 will not be any easier as they will be going up against Michael Thomas, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Odell Beckham Jr., to name a few.
They’ll also be going up against talented offenses in the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles front office will need to upgrade the secondary both during free agency and the draft because their defense will get absolutely torched moving forward if they don’t.
3. Super Bowl 52 is still remembered by most of the players
There were many players on the 2019 team that went up against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl two seasons prior. Former cornerback Orlando Scandrick went on the FOX airwaves and stated that the players still had a high from that Super Bowl victory. Whether that’s true or not, one thing is certain: These players have not forgotten about winning that championship.
Missing out on that game due to injury continues to motivate Wentz while the rest of the players desire to win another Lombardi Trophy. Their playoff loss to Seattle is absolute evidence that the Eagles have unfinished business. The Super Bowl two years ago should not extinguish that fire.
2. Injuries defined 2019
Watching All or Nothing was only a reminder of how bad the 2019 season got at times due to injuries. What I found surprising is that the series didn’t mention Malik Jackson and that was the first major injury of the year, taking place during the first game.
What followed soon after was a plethora of injuries to DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert, Jordan Howard, Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks and Nelson Agholor. Even during the playoff loss to Seattle, Zach Ertz played with a lacerated kidney, Miles Sanders played with a bad ankle, Wentz was taken out due to a concussion and backup quarterback Josh McCown played with a torn hamstring.
The Eagles’ injury bug just never ended and 2019 had many fans asking, “What could have been?” Let’s hope 2020 will bring better luck when it comes to health.
1. First Giants matchup was the turning point of 2019
After their unfathomable loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Eagles stood at 5-7. But, fortunately, they were only a game behind the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. All they had to do was win their final four games against the Giants (twice), Redskins and Cowboys in the division.
It didn’t seem that would happen as the team trailed the Giants on Monday Night Football, 17-3, at the half. However, the Eagles rallied behind Wentz and they came out victorious in overtime, 23-17, on a game-winning touchdown by Ertz. It was just the spark the Eagles needed to make their miraculous run to the division title and the rest is history.
The Eagles ran the table, including a huge win against the Cowboys, and they won the NFC East at 9-7.