We’re getting ready to go into a fun part of the year…offseason moves. They won’t start til March so all we’re doing now is speculating and sharing our near perfect plans. I’ve already gotten lots of questions about who the Eagles should target in free agency and the draft. I’ve got a lot of tape study and research to do before I can give you good answers. We’re just beginning the process.
CSN had a good video segment where Roob and Dave Spadaro discussed/debated the offseason. Each guy was asked to name his 3 keys for the offseason. Roob went with specifics (pass rush was #1). Dave came at it from a more philosophical angle. Both guys were actually right. Roob pointed out the areas the Eagles should focus on, but I think there is also a lot of value in Dave’s answers. His big point is to evaluate honestly and bring in the best players possible. Don’t obsess on needs at the cost of passing on talent.
The Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010. They went 15-1 in 2011. They won the NFC North each of the last 2 years despite not having great regular seasons. That organization has a lot to be proud of from recent years. Or do they? Columnist Bob McGinn really ripped on the Packers.
Listening to Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers and others last week, it would appear as if the Green Bay Packers think they can just roll the balls out next season and be a prime contender for the Super Bowl.
All this stuff about finishing strong and overcoming adversity has to stop.
The Packers didn’t finish strong. They were on their home field in their kind of weather and in ideal position to beat a powerful foe in the playoff opener. Then they blew it in the last six minutes.
They also didn’t overcome adversity. The Packers lose their starting quarterback for the first time in 21 years and are proud of going 2-5-1 against a soft schedule (five at home) without him?
Let’s be clear about something else. The NFC North championship was more about the Detroit Lions pulling a colossal fold than the Green Bay Packers doing anything wonderful.
From the sound of things, the Packers — aside from a tweak here and a tweak there — plan to keep on operating the way they always have under Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers.
In case they missed it, pro football has moved on since the Packers’ lone Super Bowl in their eight seasons as partners.
While the Packers were beating the Joe Webb-quarterbacked Vikings for their only postseason triumph since the 45th Super Bowl, NFC upstarts Seattle, Carolina and San Francisco — a combined 15-33 in 2010 when Green Bay was winning it all — drafted dynamic quarterbacks and made vast improvements to marginal defenses.
It might have been a terrible year in the division, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way.
As I read that story, I compared the situation to the Eagles. What lessons could be learned? Tramon Williams played at an elite level down the stretch in 2010. He looked like a stud CB. He hasn’t played like an elite CB since then. James Starks looked like a terrific RB down the stretch that year. He’s not been the same guy since. Matt Flynn was a late pick who developed into a good backup QB. I think that made the Packers arrogant in their attitude toward finding backups. That cost them dearly this year.
You have to be careful when a guy plays really well for part of a year. There is no guarantee he’ll repeat that performance. You have to be careful about assuming you can find a late rounder or UDFA to fill a role just because you did that once.
Cary Williams played well down the stretch. Let’s not assume that will automatically carry over. Trent Cole was productive in the 2nd half of the season. Is that an anomaly? Is Riley Cooper the real deal? And so on.
I’m going to re-watch some players and really focus on them to get as good a feel as possible for what is real and what was lightning in a bottle. The first key to a successful offseason is evaluating your own roster and knowing as closely as possible what you have and what you don’t. Overrating your own players can lead to huge problems.