Target Talk

Posted: January 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 288 Comments »

Everyone has a wish list. You might hear…the Eagles must go get a stud RB like Dalvin Cook. No, they need to go get an explosive receiver like DeSean Jackson. I’m old school…let’s get more good players for the line of scrimmage, whether OL or DL.

People love to ask me who I want or what I think the Eagles should do. I’m working on that. There are so many players to target and so many variables that it is hard to offer up a good scenario and one that is also realistic. There’s no fun in just throwing out a bunch of big names. I prefer to come up with an interesting combination of names.

Since I’m still doing a lot of research and thinking, I’m just going to offer some quick thoughts on a variety of players that interest me or that people have asked about.

Leonard Fournette is a dominant college RB, but I don’t see him as a good fit for the Eagles. Fournette would be great for an offense built around the power run game, but I don’t think he would be good value for the Eagles. Doug Pederson wants to use multiple RBs and wants guys that have complete skill sets.

Dalvin Cook is the one RB that I would even consider spending a 1st round pick on (for the Eagles). Cook is a big play machine, consistently delivering runs of 20 or more yards. His style should adapt well to the NFL He also is a good receiver. I generally don’t like RBs in the 1st round, but there are some players who are worth it. I felt that way about Ezekiel Elliot. He was special. Cook isn’t as good as him, but is more than just a good RB. I lean against the Eagles going for a RB in the 1st, but Cook is so good that I would have to strongly consider it.

I would love the Eagles to get a RB with some size. Jamal Williams from BYU is a player that interests me. So is Kareem Hunt from Toledo.

There is no WR that I think the Eagles “must get”. After hearing Howie Roseman, I lean against veterans like DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Brandon Marshall, etc. They are good players, but they would be good for 2017, not the next 3 to 5 years.

Tim McManus wrote a piece on WR Kenny Stills being a good target for the Eagles.

Stills (6-foot, 195 pounds) seems to fit the bill.

The 24-year-old out of Oklahoma had 42 catches for 726 yards and nine touchdowns for the Dolphins this season. A fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2013, Stills was traded to Miami for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick prior to the ’15 season and has proven to be an asset for the Miami offense, particularly this season. The Eagles are in desperate need of a receiver that can stretch the field, and that happens to be Stills’ specialty. Possessing sub-4.40 second, 40-yard speed, Stills averaged 17.3 yards per catch in 2016 — good for third in the NFL behind DeSean Jackson (17.9) and Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots (17.9).

Stills is one of the possible targets on my list. He has a good combination of size and speed. He is good downfield, something the Eagles lack now. He doesn’t have great hands, but is a reliable receiver. Stills is young and a player on the rise. Miami has Jarvis Landry and just spent a 1st round pick on Devante Parker so they aren’t likely to spend money to keep Stills. His price won’t be cheap, but should be reasonable compared to Alshon Jeffrey and the other top guys.

The free agent WR who fascinates me the most is Terrelle Pryor. He could cost in the $10M per year range and only has one season of being a full time WR. That’s a big risk. He needs work on route-running and other technical issues. That said, put on the tape and you see a player with special potential. He is huge at 6-4, 223 and is a great athlete. He is an offensive weapon. I doubt the Eagles pursue him, but he’d certainly be worth checking out and having a long discussion over.

Clemson star Mike Williams is very intriguing. He goes about 6-4, 220 and is athletic. He is a skilled WR that plays to his size. He missed most of 2015 due to a neck injury and that has to be factored in. He will get a ton of attention from doctors at the Combine. If he does check out, Williams is worth serious consideration.

Western Michigan’s Corey Davis is terrific. He has great RAC skills and is the kind of highly competitive player I can see Joe Douglas and the scouts loving.

There is no O-lineman that I’m in love with yet. I don’t think the Eagles will add any vets. This feels like purely a draft area.

The Eagles will be cutting Connor Barwin, unless they can trade him. That means there will be an opening for a DE. They’ve already got a lot of money in Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry so they are likely to bargain shop or use a draft pick here. There are a slew of good draft targets, including non-1st rounders.

I don’t know what is going on at DT. Will Bennie Logan be back or not? The Eagles like him a lot, but can’t afford to hand him a huge deal. Will some other team offer him a huge deal?

I’m still doing research on free agent CBs. Stephon Gilmore from Buffalo is one of the big names and did play for Jim Schwartz, but Gilmore wants huge money and isn’t coming off a great year. I haven’t seen a CB yet that I would break the bank for.

That is Texans CB AJ Bouye, who is on my list of corners to study. Just have to make sure he’s not a product of the system and would be worth a good investment. Learn from the Byron Maxwell move, right?

CB is another spot where there are some very good draft targets. Corn Elder from Miami doesn’t have good hands, but he can really hit and tackle and he’s aggressive. Desmond King from Iowa has excellent ball skills. Rasul Douglas of West Virginia led the nation in INTs and is a defensive playmaker. The Eagles can go a number of different ways, depending on which CBs they fall in love with.

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Tough Guys

Posted: January 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 219 Comments »

I wrote about Joe Douglas recently and mentioned that he is likely to want guys that are big, strong, tough and physical. A few people wondered if that wasn’t the same thing Chip Kelly wanted. You know, big people beat up little people. There is a definite difference.

Kelly loved size. He loved measurables. I think Douglas is more about attitude. Think about the difference in Connor Barwin and Terrell Suggs. Think about the difference in Anquan Boldin and Miles Austin. The Ravens didn’t just want guys with size. They didn’t just want guys with strength. They wanted people who would literally beat up other guys. They wanted guys who played with an edge.

Size without attitude is just a number.

Ravens players are tough. They have an attitude. The Ravens might praise a player they liked as “a blood-and-guts, relentless guy”. That description was for LB John Simon, a player that Douglas and Andy Weidl coveted. He didn’t pan out for the Ravens, but kept grinding and became a good LB for the Texans.

Effort, toughness and attitude are key traits. Players must be highly competitive.  Douglas is that kind of guy himself.

It comes as no surprise that Douglas is extremely competitive, especially in football. “I am not an outwardly screaming kind of guy, but I do whatever it takes to win the game,” he says.

That’s the same type of drive the former NFL football scout looks for in his players — people who hate to lose more than they enjoy winning. “I look for that desire to win. That mental toughness,” he says. “The NFL will humble everybody. You have to be able to pick yourself up when the going gets tough. I’m looking for guys that love football, that make great teammates and that hate to lose.”

Here’s another good story about Douglas and toughness from his Ravens days.

On a May afternoon following the 2007 NFL Draft, several Baltimore scouts were meeting in the office of Joe Douglas, who at the time, was in charge of cross-checking all offensive line prospects the Ravens deemed draftable.

Without notice, then-director of college scouting Eric DeCosta walked into the room and made a silent, yet attention-striking statement.

Picking up a Dry Erase marker, DeCosta quickly scribbled something on Douglas’ whiteboard. Never uttering a single word, he then turned around and exited the office – leaving behind a message that had his scouts beaming.

YANDA = TOUGH-A**

DeCosta’s declaration came fresh off his return from the Ravens’ first offseason rookie minicamp. In practice that day, a young Marshal Yanda had made an immediate impression – one that began validating the Ravens’ decision to utilize a third-round pick on the promising Iowa Hawkeye.

Receiving high grades from every Ravens scout who evaluated him for months, Yanda exhibited outstanding intelligence, an exceptional work ethic, a desire to excel, and most importantly, a level of toughness that went beyond extremes.

Recalling Baltimore’s initial evaluation of Yanda, Douglas states: “We knew we could win with this guy on our offensive line.”

Yanda will battle you on the field, but he would also out-work you off the field. He will do anything to win. That’s the kind of relentless, tough player that Douglas wants. Toughness can be physical, mental or emotional.

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I have mentioned a time or two the need for stability. That has been a huge part of the Ravens success over the years.

The NFC personnel director states, “What Baltimore does, they play a certain way, and they find pieces that fit the way they play. They don’t re-sign guys above the value they’ve assigned them, and they find players who fit roles, even if some of those guys have issues. They feel like they can work those out because they have a strong locker room. Ozzie knows what he wants in a player, and he goes and gets it. They miss like everyone else, but they have a plan and they’re good at executing it. … Everyone there is so clearly on the same page, and that’s key. They work well together, they’re consistent in what they’re looking for and they haven’t changed much. They just find people that fit, and when guys move on, they find other people to fit in.”

The Ravens and their continuity in their front office leads me into my next point, head coaches and general managers should be allowed to play out their vision. Teams hire these guys and then sometimes they’ll end up being fired two years into the job, which doesn’t even really give players time to buy into the coach’s system or the coach time to fill the roster with the kind of players he needs to succeed.

In short, the Ravens have a vision and they stick to it. They play the long game. They are patient. That fits in to what Howie Roseman talked about earlier in the week and it is the smart philosophy for this team. Howie, Douglas and Doug Pederson are on the same page in terms of how to build the Eagles.

That plan won’t do them any good if they can’t find the right players. Knowing how competitive Douglas is, you can bet he will do anything and everything he can to find some tough guys and turn the Eagles around.

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Overnight Success

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 149 Comments »

Brandon Graham is a good football player. Damn good, in fact.

In some ways it feels like he got good in a hurry. It is easy to forget that when Graham started his first game for the Eagles, Kevin Kolb was the team’s starting QB. That seems like ages ago.

Graham was disruptive in that game, starting at DE and sliding inside as a DT in Nickel/Dime sets. He played pretty well as a rookie, but got hurt late in the year and that seemed to completely throw his career off track. Graham only played in 3 games during the Dream Team season of 2011. He came back in 2012 and proved to be an effective situational pass rusher.

Then Chip Kelly took over and Graham moved to OLB. He was borderline awful at first. Graham says that Kelly wanted to cut him and keep Travis Long. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it didn’t happen because Long got hurt. Graham didn’t play a lot in 2013 because he just wasn’t a good LB.

I was shocked at how much better he was in 2014. You weren’t going to mistake Graham for Seth Joyner, but he was functional as a LB and remained a disruptive pass rusher. He became a starting OLB in 2015 and had a good year. Graham got to move back to 4-3 DE when Jim Schwartz took over and he had a terrific season.

Graham didn’t post gaudy sack numbers, but all you have to do is watch the tape and you see him in the backfield over and over.

It is good we didn’t rush to judgment on BG. After 5 years, he had 13 starts and 17 sacks. Graham had to deal with different coaches and schemes and lots of overall changes. He kept his nose to the grindstone and worked himself into being an outstanding player.

I would love to tell you Marcus Smith could do the same kind of thing, but Graham showed serious flashes from the first game he ever played. Smith is way behind that schedule and has never looked more than average. Maybe the light comes on for him, but Graham is the exception and not the rule. Most guys who don’t pan out early on don’t pan out at all.

I have a lot of respect for Graham because of how hard he’s had to work to get to this point. He had challenge after challenge and none of them were self-inflicted. He wasn’t out of shape. He wasn’t partying too much. He wasn’t distracted by fame. Life put a lot of obstacles in Graham’s way and he overcame them all. I hope Eagles fans appreciated what a good player he has become.

Kudos, BG.

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Congratulations Mr. Wentz. You won’t be winning the award, but it is still good to be considered.

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I can’t believe I didn’t see this picture until the other day. I assume she watched the Body Bag Game in 1990 and decided she had to get some Eagles gear. Clearly a classy princess.

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No Magic

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 147 Comments »

We love to analyze draft picks and free agent signings, trying to figure out who to give credit to for the good ones and who to blame for the busts. The truth is that rarely is one person to blame, or credit. NFL teams are just that…teams. Scouts do the grunt work. Personnel executives make the picks. The head coach and coordinators build gameplans. Positional assistants hone specific skills and teach players how to perform in their specific roles.

It is easy to blame Howie Roseman for some of the problems of recent years. It would be so convenient if all that had to be done was getting rid of him and the Eagles could magically go back to being a 12-4 team and title contender. That’s not reality.

The Eagles have failed as an organization.

Howie Roseman has been a key part of the personnel department since 2008. He has worked with the following defensive coordinators:

Jim Johnson
Sean McDermott
Juan Castillo
Bill Davis
Jim Schwartz

You went from a 4-3 zone blitz scheme under JJ and McDermott to Castillo’s version of the Wide-9 to a 2-gap version of the 3-4 under Davis and now to Schwartz’s version of the Wide-9. That’s a lot of change. Roseman and the scouting staff have had to find different players for all of those systems. That’s very difficult. You really need stability so players can develop.

Beyond schemes, you have personal preferences. Castillo put Mychal Kendricks at SAM and wanted him to be the key to the LB corps. Davis moved him to ILB. Schwartz moved him to WLB and didn’t play him much at all. Chip Kelly wanted tall, long CBs. Schwartz needs CBs who are supremely confident and aren’t scared to make mistakes.

There is a union between coaching and personnel where both sides help each other. The personnel department brings in the best possible players. The coaches then do their part to get the most out of the players they have to work with. The Eagles failed with Jerome McDougle, but succeeded with Trent Cole. Who do you blame for McDougle being a bust? Who do you credit for Cole becoming a star? Same scouts. Same coaches.

When we talk about how good the Eagles were from 2000-2004, there was scheme stability and Andy Reid had a great coaching staff. The Eagles could draft and develop players.

Recent years have been anything but stable. The Eagles had 3 head coaches in a 5-year span. I already noted all the different defensive coordinators and defensive systems earlier. The Eagles have had a lot of player changes. Key players like DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Evan Mathis were let go while the Eagles brought in outsiders like DeMarco Murray, Kiko Alonso, Sam Bradford and Byron Maxwell.

The best thing for the Eagles right now is stability. Stick with the same systems. Keep most, if not all, of your assistants. You can tweak the staff, but not in a hugely impactful way. You want to let Joe Douglas, Andy Weidl and the scouts find the players to fit this team. The coaches then need to develop those players so that you have a strong core of young talent to build around.

Don’t run off every player who isn’t a star. You never know if another year could bring out more from guys like Marcus Smith, Jaylen Watkins and Nelson Agholor. You don’t want to keep underachievers too long, but there is something to be said for keeping players around to make sure one of them isn’t a late bloomer. As long as the player fits the system and you think there is potential for the guy to contribute, see what happens. Obviously money plays into this. If cutting a player will save you enough money and he’s replaceable, that changes things.

The point of all this is that the Eagles need to have organizational vision.

I thought they had that with Chip Kelly, but that proved to be false. I’m not sure who is more to blame, Kelly the coach or Kelly the GM, but he had too much of a Larry Brown thing going on. It seemed like he wanted to tinker because he had this idea in his head that made sense at the moment. The problem is that he either didn’t have good long term vision or didn’t have good discipline.

You need to come up with a plan and you need the whole organization on board. That way the scouts, coaches and personnel department can all work together to build up the roster and put together an outstanding team.

There is a notion with some people that a personnel guru can make a few picks or sign a couple of players and turn a team around. That’s just not the case. There needs to be the whole organization for things to really work. When Ron Wolf put together the great Green Bay teams, he had Mike Holmgren running the offense and Fritz Shurmur running the defense. There were great assistants all over the place.

Jimmy Johnson used the same philosophy when running the Dolphins that he did in Dallas. The results were very different because he didn’t have the same set of assistant coaches. He also had changed as a head coach. He couldn’t drive players the way he did earlier in his career. He got tired of being the relentless taskmaster who got the best from his players.

John Schneider and Pete Carroll do a great job in Seattle because they are on the same page. Schneider knows how to find the right players for Carroll. And Carroll knows how to use those guys. Both of them are also willing to take chances and fail. They have missed badly with draft picks, trades and free agent signings. They have also hit some home runs. They continue to swing for the fences and it works for them.

Howie Roseman is not the best GM in the league. Doug Pederson is not the best coach. But right now the best thing for the Eagles is to have those two men work together to build the core of this team. They worked well over the past year. They focused on the OL and getting a QB. Both areas are better now than they were a year ago.

Now we’ll get to see how Joe Douglas affects things. He and his scouts will be identifying the right players for the Eagles. It will be up to Howie and Doug Pederson to make the right choices and get this team back to being a contender.

Some of you will moan and groan about a 5-year plan and how this is all just an excuse so Howie can’t be held accountable. Look at Dallas. Look at Jason Garrett’s coaching record.

5-3
8-8
8-8
8-8
12-4
4-12
13-3

Old Jerry Jones would have fired Garrett and gone after the hot name in the football world. New Jerry is patient. He let his coach build something. He didn’t force Johnny Manziel on his team and let the personnel guys build up a great O-line. That wasn’t sexy or fun, but it has worked really well.

Dallas has used coaching and personnel stability to develop a good roster. They were smart and patient. They didn’t panic when a pick went wrong, a signing went wrong or even a whole season went wrong. And that drives me nuts. I miss the old Jerry Jones who flew off the handle on a regular basis and who drove his coaches/personnel guys crazy with his tinkering and splashy moves.

There are no quick fixes. There are no magic answers. The best way to succeed in the NFL is to build a team. That takes time and smart moves. It sounds like the Eagles are committed to taking their time and doing this the right way.

I don’t know if Joe Douglas and Howie can make the right moves, but I do know that roster, schematic and coaching stability is needed for them to have the best chance to succeed.

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Howie Speaks

Posted: January 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 223 Comments »

The offseason is officially here. Howie Roseman came out of the shadows to meet with the media and share his thoughts on the 2016 season, the state of the team and the future. He spoke for about 30 minutes. While Howie didn’t say anything mind-blowing, he did offer some interesting comments and gave us some hints about what to expect.

PE.com has the video here.

My biggest takeaway is that Howie is trying to build something. He admitted that in recent years the Eagles got too much into trying to find “band-aids” to help get the team back to the playoffs. As he said, “10-6 isn’t good enough.”

Howie made it a priority last year for the Eagles to find a long term answer at QB. He didn’t get into specifics, but you can look at recent years and see where the Eagles had the wrong thinking. Michael Vick had a good stretch in 2010, but that proved to be lightning in a bottle. Nick Foles just wasn’t talented enough to be a guy you build a franchise around. Sam Bradford was more talented than Foles, but still not good enough. There was more hope than proof when it came to those players.

That isn’t to say Carson Wentz is guaranteed to pan out, but he fits the bill when you think about everything you want in a QB. If you are going to take a chance on a player (which all picks/signings are), you want it to be someone you believe in on the field, in the weight room, in the classroom and at home. Wentz was that guy so the Eagles moved up to get him and now plan to build the team around him.

Howie brought up the position of CB as a spot where the team had tried to find too many stop-gap solutions. I won’t get into discussing the position at length (that’s a post of its own), but the Eagles haven’t had good long term vision there for a while. It sounds like CB is going to be a position that will be addressed this offseason in a way to try and solidify it for multiple years and not just 2017.

I liked the fact Howie had some moments of honesty. It is one thing for a coach or GM to admit mistakes in a general way, but it feels a lot better when they offer a specific example. That helps you to understand they aren’t just saying things for the sake of good PR.

Reporters did try to get Howie to talk about positions that need to be improved. He wouldn’t say anything. Howie didn’t want to broadcast his intentions to the rest of the league. The other 31 teams can look at the Eagles and see some of what needs to be done. So can you and I. Still, I don’t blame Howie. When you say something, you can try to make a bland, general statement and still say more than you want. Better to say nothing at all and just assume everyone with a pulse knows WRs and CBs are needed.

Obviously any discussion of CB brings up the question of why Eric Rowe was dealt so early in his career. Howie said that after talking to the coaches and evaluating the situation, the Eagles didn’t see him as a long term answer. They didn’t anticipate giving him a contract extension. Rather than just keeping him around, they decided to get something for him so they could use that resource to try and find a player who could be a long term fit.

I liked Rowe a lot as a prospect. I thought he showed good promise in 2015. Rowe did not handle the coaching/scheme change well. He really struggled to fit into the scheme and had a bad spring and summer. Rowe was drafted for one system. He didn’t fit into the new system. You can question how the coaches and personnel people could see that. Good football people can sometimes see things very quickly.

I remember a scout once telling me that a really gifted prospect (DL Jeremy Staat) was going to be a bust. I asked the guy to explain. Staat was terrific at Arizona State and I thought he was a stud. The scout said he could just see Staat was going to fail. He couldn’t put it into words. Size, strength, speed and all the physical tools appeared to be there, but something was missing. I thought the scout was nuts and told him I still thought highly of Staat. The scout was right. Staat, taken 41st overall,  played 29 games and had 20 tackles in his career. He was a major bust.

Patience is a virtue, but there are times when you can just see something isn’t going to work. Rather than wasting time, you move on. The point here isn’t that Rowe can’t play at all. He wasn’t going to play well for Jim Schwartz and in the Eagles current system. Trust me when I tell you this wasn’t a casual decision. Schwartz doesn’t get rid of players he thinks can help him. He would not have told the Eagles to move on if he didn’t believe very strongly that the situation couldn’t work.

Disagree with the move all you want, but history is filled with good coaches who got rid of guys who didn’t fit their system. Buddy Ryan cut Mike Zordich, who then came to the Eagles and started for 3 years. Bill Parcells rebuilt the Dallas defense from undersized and speedy to big and physical because that’s what he wanted. They were #1 in the league in 2003 and he overhauled the group in 2005. Jon Gruden got rid of Fred Barnett and Calvin Williams because he wanted physical WRs. The Eagles signed Irving Fryar and he was great for a couple of years. Coaches must have players they believe in and they must have the right kind of guys to make their systems work well.

Howie talked about Joe Douglas. Paul Domowitch wrote a good piece on that.

“The first thing he did was bring in Andy to have someone who spoke the same (scouting) language,” Roseman said. “They’ve both got tremendous presence.

“Joe’s got a way of looking and evaluating players that is different than what we’ve done in the past. And quite frankly, we needed that. He has full rein to set the draft board. He’s involved in every discussion we have about building this team. And I think we’ll start seeing dividends.”

I asked Roseman to be a little bit more specific about the difference in the way the Eagles have evaluated players in the past and the way Douglas evaluates them. His answer, though, didn’t really address the question.

“I think when we look at the success the Ravens had – and certainly they’ve won two world championships (in 2000 and 2012) since the start of the century – what they’re looking for and the trades they’re looking for in particular positions fits the way that this city is built, too,” he said.

Douglas is worthy of a post of his own, but I think the kind of players he will bring in to Philly are going to be big, strong, physical guys that are ultra-competitive. The Ravens aren’t always the most talented team, but there is a mental, physical and emotional toughness to that group. They play hard, often with an edge. They want to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

Douglas is here to evaluate players. He will grade them and work with the scouts to set the Eagles draft board. Actual picks will be more of a collective decision, with Howie, Douglas and coaches/scouts involved. Howie has final say, but he will lean on Douglas in a big way.

Some critics will think this is all a bunch of bull. “Here’s another new guy to save the day. Blah, blah, blah.” I get that. It is easy to read the situation that way. I think this is different. Howie has to work well with Douglas. They have to get along. Howie has his share of critics in/around the league, but no team has made a move to hire Louis Riddick since he was pushed out. Jason Licht is now the GM in Tampa, but he’s had some issues with other teams. Chip Kelly’s credibility isn’t sky high right now.

Douglas is someone that is universally liked and respected. He worked with Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta for years. If Douglas gets the shaft in Philly, that could do huge damage to Howie’s reputation. The Eagles would struggle to hire good scouts and/or personnel guys. I also think Jeffrey Lurie is sincere when he says Howie is going to be held accountable for what happens. Lurie has been very patient with Howie, but this feels different. You can hear that in some of Howie’s comments.

“It will be a collaborative effort when we talk about who we are picking,” Roseman said Wednesday. “But at the end of the day, the responsibility is mine.”

The guessing game of who to blame is over. This is on Howie, whether good, bad or in the middle.

I liked the fact that Howie was generally positive, but also realistic. Doug Pederson over-praised his team and players during the season and I think that sent a bad message, whether intended or not. Howie talked about some of the good aspects of the team, but wouldn’t buy into the mantra that the Eagles are close. He wouldn’t talk about when this team will be ready to be a Super Bowl contender.

Howie is trying to build the Eagles. He wants this team to be a perennial contender. That’s the right mindset. He admitted there could be some short term deals if they make sense, but the offseason is going to be about the future as much as the present. The Eagles are going to look for ascending players. This team isn’t one acquisition away from the Super Bowl. They need talented guys that are young or in their prime.

Whether you love, hate or just tolerate Howie, I think you should come away from his press conference feeling the team is headed in the right direction and they have the right outlook.

Now they just have to go find the right players.

We’ll find out how good Douglas is at player evaluation and how much Howie has truly learned from past mistakes.

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