I’m finishing up the game review (crazy week) and I wanted to throw something short and quick out there. What do you guys think of Howie Roseman right now?
Howie is always going to be a lightning rod for criticism. He’s seen as Joe Banner’s guy. He doesn’t have a traditional football background. He has yet to make any defining moves that do great things for the franchise. When things are good, some people will give him credit. When things go wrong, his detractors come out in droves.
Things aren’t great right now, but they are pointed in the right direction. So what is going on with Howie and Eagles Nation?
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As we look at some moves, they are tough to evaluate. Isaac Sopoaga was a disappointment, but if he had any kind of a positive influence on Bennie Logan, you might have to argue that was a great move. Logan was able to work his way into the lineup and got mentored by a smart veteran on the way.
James Casey has been a disappointment. This is more on Chip Kelly for not playing him. Casey has looked good when he’s gotten the chance. He’s been terrific on STs.
Signing Donnie Jones was a terrific move. Adding the right veteran Punter just didn’t register as a sexy move back in the offseason. We wanted star players or key positions.
Cedric Thornton has outplayed Fletcher Cox to this point. Depending on what you think of Howie, you can look at that 2 different ways. Howie found a UDFA D-lineman that has become a very good starter. Or…Howie’s high pick DL is getting out-performed by some UDFA.
Nick Foles looks great right now. Why did Howie let Chip Kelly waste time with Michael Vick? The flip side is that Howie may have found a franchise QB in the 3rd round.
You can go back and forth on everything as you try to spin it.
I don’t think you can deny that the last 2 draft classes are looking pretty darn good. Howie did a good job in FA this year. Connor Barwin has been better than I expected. Bradley Fletcher has been good. Patrick Chung and Cary Williams are flawed but effective. Allen Barbre was a terrific signing. Oddball additions like Jeff Maehl, Najee Goode and Roc Carmichael have worked out well.
Howie isn’t suddenly a genius. He’s finding some talented players, but a lot of the credit also has to go to Kelly and the staff for developing these players in terms of fitness and football skills. The coaches are finding a way to get the best out of players.
Here’s an interesting question…have any players this year been major underachievers? Vick got hurt. Todd Herremans is learning a new position. Has any player flat-lined?
Whenever we talk about a great GM, people tend to forget there is usually a really good head coach and coaching staff involved. Brett Favre sat on the bench in Atlanta and became a Hall of Famer in Green Bay. Did the Falcons GM make a bad pick? No. Jerry Glanville didn’t like Favre and things didn’t work out, but that circumstantial, not about talent. The Cardinals spent a high pick on Darwin Walker and cut him before the season. He came to Philly and sat for most of the year and then became a darn good player. The staff knew how to coach him up and use him.
The Eagles have a good coaching staff right now. It just might turn out the GM that so many people love to hate actually knows what he’s doing and is pretty good.