With the exception of owner Jeffrey Lurie explaining that, if he didn’t expect the team to be better in 2012, he would have made a coaching change, Eagles management has been conspicuously quiet in the early stages of the offseason. Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman has broken the silence. Not surprisingly, he says that the team will be better in 2012.
Roseman spoke with Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday, from the Senior Bowl. “We were 8-8, and we have work to do,” Roseman said. “We’ve got to look at everything we’re doing and make sure we evaluate it honestly and learn from our mistakes. We’ll study everything around the league, the way everybody else does things, and we’ll get better.
“I’m not going to sit here in a bubble and say, ‘We’re so great.’ When we look back, there are things we wish we had done better. I can get better, we all can get better.”
If Roseman were to say, “We’re so great,” the bubble in which he would be sitting would be one of delusion and/or drunkenness. Though the four-game winning streak to end the season is encouraging, the Eagles failed miserably in 2011, especially given the standards they not only established but embraced. On PFT Live, Eagles president Joe Banner declared that the line between success and failure wasn’t making the playoffs but winning the Super Bowl.
“Obviously, when we’re sitting here at the Senior Bowl and not the Super Bowl, it’s not where you want to be,” Roseman said. “So we have to get better, and we’ll look at every facet of the team and every avenue possible to improve and make sure next year is different.”
Roseman, like Lurie, believes that will happen. “It always starts with your head coach and quarterback, and we are so fortunate to have Andy Reid and Michael Vick in those spots, and we feel like that gives us a chance,” Roseman said. “We need to get better, but I do feel like we have good players, and in the next few months, we’ll have the opportunity to upgrade in all the areas we feel like we need to.
“There’s a lot of optimism here. Everybody in the building is very excited about where we are.”
Eagles fans understandably are more guarded. They all got excited last year, and they suffered a major letdown. If there’s another letdown in 2012, the excitement next year could come from a new head coach, and possibly a new G.M.