Follow the Plan

Posted: July 10th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have some very basic, but specific ideas on how to build a team. They focus on building up the line of scrimmage. They also believe in doing whatever it takes to have a franchise QB.

This is a great compliment for Roseman and the scouting department.

The Eagles invest a lot of resources in the offensive and defensive lines, but activity doesn’t always equal achievement. The Eagles make smart choices, both with the draft and in free agency.

Plenty of teams talk about investing in the lines. The Eagles put real actions behind those words. Think about this past draft. The Eagles had one of the best OLs in the league. They had some good depth pieces as well. Not only did the Eagles spend a first round pick on an OT, they traded up to do it.

Think about that. The Eagles went out of their way to acquire a player who they hope won’t play at all this year. That is serious commitment.

Jeremiah’s list is also quite a compliment to the coaching staff. Jeff Stoutland has done a good job of developing Lane Johnson, Isaac Seumalo, Big V and other young players. Stoutland also got the best out of free agents like Brandon Brooks and Stefen Wisniewski.

The DL coaches have also been tremendous. Derek Barnett played a key role on the Super Bowl team. Treyvon Hester showed good potential last year. Chris Long came to Philly with low expectations and turned out to be a terrific role player. Michael Bennett was outstanding last year.

I posted some predictions recently from NFL experts that think Carson Wentz will be the league MVP this year. The Eagles aggressively moved up in the spring of 2016 to draft Wentz and the results have been very impressive. If you go all in on a QB, you better get it right. So far, it sure looks like the Eagles have.

There is no magic formula for winning in the NFL. You need to have a sound plan for how to build your team and then go execute it. The Cowboys and Giants spent high picks on RBs and built offenses around them. Mike Zimmer loves physical CBs. For years, the Raiders were obsessed with speed. Bill Parcells always wanted big players.

The Eagles have done a great job of building their roster in just the way they wanted. They are deep and talented up front.

And they have a great young QB running the show.

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How cool is this?

Eagles fans are all over the place and it is a glorious thing.

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