As strange as it sounds, Eagles looking long-term


It’s not as if the Eagles stood pat in free agency, and they got high marks for adding players such as Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz in the draft.

But they’re still coming off a 4-12 season, and still have thin spots on defense, and general manager Howie Roseman wants to make sure everyone stays focused on the long haul.

“When you’re in the moment and you’re in the draft and you’re thinking about what players you’re going to draft and who you’re going to get and who’s the best available player and who’s the best available player the next day, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and take it all in,” Roseman said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “If you go into it saying you’re going to fix every single part of something, it’s going to be impossible. If you come out of a draft saying we’ve filled every need, it’s probably not going to be a good draft.

“I don’t think that was our goal, . . . to make sure we had a perfect team in 1 year, it was to start the process of building back a team that’s going to compete every year.”

Toward that end, getting a left tackle and a versatile tight end with their top picks should help. And they tried to fill in with some free agents such as Connor Barwin and and Cary Williams and Kenny Phillips, but the Eagles had too many issues in the secondary and at linebacker to fix in one offseason.

But it still sound strange for a team that was so recently taking the “Dream Team” approach to now be preaching patience.

14 responses to “As strange as it sounds, Eagles looking long-term

  1. Feels like they’re finally doing it right. Perhaps this will eventually lead them to winning the big one. Hard to argue that they haven’t taken a sound approach so far during the Kelly era. “Win the day”

  2. They were 4-12 and have a new head coach – don’t see why it would sound strange to you that they understand they’ve got a rebuilding process ahead of them that will take some time.

    The purported “Dream Team” approach was Andy Reid’s last ditch effort to try to win big. It didn’t work, and they now have to rebuild. Not at all unusual.

  3. The fan base in Philly would not have put up with this approach from Andy Reid. They wanted their pound of flesh and they got it. They’ll eventually be calling for Chip’s head. It’s their nature.

  4. It’s no different that how it was done during Andy Reid’s early years. Draft BPA and build your roster through the draft. It made this team extremely competitive for a long time. But falling short created a sense of panic in the front office and they began throwing money away in free agency and drafting for “need.” Hence the downfall. Now, they start over and it seems they are doing it the right way. Hopefully they exercise patience and continue down the right path.

  5. They barely won the four game ms they did win last year. If they said they thought Johnson and Ertz were the missing pieces, and that they would contend this year, wouldn’t you find that odder?

  6. Really good teams are built through the draft and we’ve had about 4 to 5 years of poor drafting to make up for… Howie is correct they’re at least 2 years away from competing and doing some damage.

  7. I think everyone fails to recall this whole “dream team” term came from an absolute idiot in Vince Young. It’s one thing if it came from a key player (or even a starter!), but it came from the 2nd string quarterback.

    Yes they did bring in a bunch of mercenaries during that free agency, but no intelligent, MEANINGFUL player called it a dream team.

  8. Most teams think long term. It’s just balancing the “now” and “then” that seperates the yearly playoff teams from the yearly top 5 draft pick teams.

  9. It’s been pretty much downhill for the eight year period following the Super Bowl appearance in 2004. Only two seasons in that span were they a legitimate contender (2006 and 2008), and even those years were kind of fluky. There were a lot of bad drafts and free agent signings in the middle / end of the Reid & Banner era.

    It makes sense that they take the long-view now. I just wish they would have done it sooner. I see this as a two-year rebuilding project. Hopefully, by the start of year 3 they are ready to be a contender again. Eagles fans aren’t known for their patience, but I think we’re all relieved that Reid is gone and we’re headed in a new direction. Hopefully, it’s the right direction. So far, I have no complaints.

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