The Philadelphia Eagles finished their 2020 season with a disappointing 4-11-1 record.
Before it started, here were the Eagles’ odds at PA online sportsbooks:
- Super Bowl: +1900
- NFC Championship: +1000
- NFC East: +130
The Eagles’ injury riddled 2020 campaign was highlighted by the regression of their $128 million franchise quarterback and ended in a fitting, controversial fashion.
Before their Week 17 game against Washington, a report from Adam Schefter stated that Carson Wentz would seek a trade in the offseason and that his relationship with head coach Doug Pederson was “fractured beyond repair.”
Here, we provide offseason updates on the Eagles’ big moves, including the search for a new head coach.
Note: Head coach betting markets are available in New Jersey, but not in PA.
Jan. 21: Eagles reportedly hiring Sirianni
The Eagles have reportedly made a decision on their next head coach. Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni will replace Doug Pederson.
Eagles are hiring Colts' OC Nick Sirianni as their head coach, sources tell ESPN. Sirianni spent three seasons as a Chiefs' assistant coach, five seasons with the Chargers, and the past three with the Colts. Now the 39-year-old Sirianni becomes the lead man in Philadelphia.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2021
The “next Eagles head coach market” has not been available the past few days at FanDuel. The last time it was listed, Josh McDaniels (-300) was the favorite.
Sirianni was +900. Dennis Allen, Todd Bowles and Duce Staley all had better odds than the Eagles’ supposed eventual hire.
Jan. 20 update: McDaniels now the favorite to be Eagles next head coach
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was listed as the favorite (-300) at FanDuel to be the Eagles next head coach. The betting market was up earlier in the week, however it is no longer available.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was “obsessed” with the Patriots growing up and almost purchased the team in 1994. His infatuation with Foxboro still seems strong with one of Bill Belichick‘s longtime assistants emerging as the likely choice.
Jan. 15 update: Staley and Brady co-favorites to be Eagles next head coach after Jets hire Saleh
FanDuel’s market for “Philadelphia Eagles next head coach” listed San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as the favorite (+300), followed by Mike Kafka (+450) and Brian Daboll (+650). On Jan. 14, the New York Jets hired Saleh to be their next head coach. He takes over for Adam Gase who was fired after two seasons.
Currently, Duce Staley and Joe Brady are the co-favorites (+300) to be named the Eagles next head coach.
Staley, a running back for Eagles from 1997 to 2003, has been on the coaching staff since 2011. He started as a special teams quality control coach before being promoted to running back coach. Assistant head coach was added to his titles in 2018.
Philadelphia Eagles next head coach odds at FanDuel NJ:
Jan. 11 update: Pederson favorite to be Jets next head coach
Doug Pederson was installed as the favorite (+300) to be named the New York Jets next head coach at FanDuel online sportsbook. “The New York Jets next head coach” betting market is available in New Jersey, not in PA.
Pennsylvania does not permit betting on markets such as “next head coach” or a free agent’s next team. The Jets finished 2-14 and fired head coach Adam Gase after two years which he posted a record of 9-23.
Odds at FanDuel as of Jan 11 for New York Jets next head coach:
- Doug Pederson: +300
- Brian Daboll: +600
- Brandon Staley: +650
- Eric Bieniemy: +650
- Complete list on app
Eagles fire Doug Pederson
The Philadelphia Eagles’ first and only head coach to win a Super Bowl has been fired. After multiple meetings with owner Jeffrey Lurie, ESPN reported that the Eagles owner was “unconvinced that Doug Pederson had a sound vision for how to address the myriad issues facing the team.”
Per source, Doug Pederson is out in Philadelphia.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 11, 2021
The Eagles finished in last place in a historically bad NFC East. Their offense ranked 26th in scoring (20.9 PPG) and 28th in passing yards (207.9). Despite playing in 12 games, Wentz tied for the league lead in interceptions (15).
Pederson was hired in 2016 to replace Chip Kelly. In 2017, the Eagles upset the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII. In five seasons at the helm, Pederson was 42-37-1, with two division titles and three postseason appearances. Since their only Super Bowl victory in 2017, the Eagles are 22-25-1.
The Super Bowl honeymoon seems like it ended before Pederson was officially ousted.
Jeff McLane at the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the problems started last offseason.
Again, I refer to this story I wrote in Sept., which the #Eagles had tried to downplay. The signs had been there for months, that if the season went south, Doug Pederson would take the fall:https://t.co/9FbNbgTXHU https://t.co/PT9MAyradP
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 11, 2021
Eagles get 6th pick in NFL Draft
What will the Eagles do with their 6th pick in NFL Draft on April 29?
2021 NFL Draft odds
First overall draft pick odds at DraftKings (available in NJ, not avail in PA):
- Trevor Lawrence: -2000
- Justin Fields: +700
- Penei Sewell: +2000
- Zach Wilson: +2500
- Trey Lance: +5000
- Ja’Marr Chase: +10000
- Walker Little: +10000
- Rondale Moore: +10000
- Walker Little: +10000
- Micah Parsons: +10000
- DeVonta Smith: +10000
- Patrick Surtain: +10000
Eagles end season with loss to Washington
By kickoff on Sunday night, Wentz was inactive and the New York Giants needed an Eagles win to clinch a playoff birth. Tweets from the Giants cheering for the Eagles flooded social media but it soon turned bitter when Hurts was benched for Nate Sudfeld. With the loss, the Eagles will have the sixth pick in the draft; a win would have moved them to the nine.
Did the Eagles cover against Washington? It depends what number you got since the Eagles opened as one-point underdogs. But with many starters ruled out, the line took a big swing moving Washington to 5.5 or 6-point favorites.
Philadelphia Eagles 2020 betting stats
The Philadelphia Eagles were bad for backers, too.
They finished 6-10 ATS. Only the Dallas Cowboys (5-11) were worse. Four other teams were 6-10 ATS.
The Eagles’ O/U record was 7-9.
Eagles fall short of expectations
Before the season started, Pennsylvania sportsbooks pegged the Eagles with the seventh-best odds to win Super Bowl LV. The over/under win total for the Birds was 9.5.
The Eagles finished 4-11-1, their worst record since 2012. They failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Rich Schultz