Howie Roseman: We’re going to be disciplined building around Carson Wentz

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It’s been an eventful year for the Eagles.

They ended the 2015 season with an interim coach after firing Chip Kelly and spent the next few months dismantling much of what Kelly had done to build the roster during his three years in Philly. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman called it a “challenging” process during Wednesday’s press conference and it was one that kept going right up to the trade of Sam Bradford right before the start of this season.

That trade pushed first-round pick Carson Wentz into the starting job and Roseman said that the silver lining of a 7-9 season is that they “couldn’t be more excited” about what they saw during his rookie season.

“It’s never satisfactory when we are sitting here having a press conference in January,” Roseman said. “But the reality is that when we made this decision to trade up for the quarterback, we’re going to build around him. When we re-signed [Fletcher Cox], we knew we had a 25-year-old we were going to build around. And we are going to stick to our plan. We are going to be disciplined with our process, and we are going to do the right things for this football team.”

One of the areas they need to build up to help Wentz is wide receiver and Roseman seemed to reference Kelly when saying that they don’t have “a DeLorean time machine” to go back to when they had players like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Jackson is headed for free agency, though, and there’s already been chatter about a return engagement with his first NFL team.

19 responses to “Howie Roseman: We’re going to be disciplined building around Carson Wentz

  1. WR, CB, OL, HB

    Really, Ertz and Johnson are the only pieces around Wentz that I find mandatory to keep around. Howie’s got the right approach here. Spend a few drafts slowly building up the pieces around him. In a couple of years if he’s got a solid OL and three+ dependable targets, they’ll compete in the NFC.

    My main flashbacks of this season are pretty easy to pinpoint:

    -Johnson suspension
    -Blowing games vs DET/DAL/NYG
    -Dropped passes and dropped passes

  2. parasol monster says:
    Jan 4, 2017 2:23 PM
    WR, CB, OL, HB

    Really, Ertz and Johnson are the only pieces around Wentz that I find mandatory to keep around. Howie’s got the right approach here. Spend a few drafts slowly building up the pieces around him. In a couple of years if he’s got a solid OL and three+ dependable targets, they’ll compete in the NFC.

    My main flashbacks of this season are pretty easy to pinpoint:

    -Johnson suspension
    -Blowing games vs DET/DAL/NYG
    -Dropped passes and dropped passes

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    Nailed it.

  3. With some of the top QBs in the league aging and in their final years, it is nice to see young QBS showing positive signs of taking their place….

    In Wentz and Prescott’s 1st year playing well along with 2nd year Carr and Mariota, the nfl qb position looks promising for them… Now if Luck could just live up to his hype…

  4. I loath Chippy Kelly more and more each time I saw Maclin and McCoy make play after play the past few years. I’d even take Jackson back, too. At least the dude could ball when his heads right. And by ball, i mean actually catch the ball, something 5/6th of our offense can’t

  5. I think they got a 2nd round pick for Bradford. That was a brilliant brilliant move. Wentz got valuable experience and the team got back a pick to helps build around him after giving up a lot of chips (no pun intended).

  6. Wentz is a one-year flash that will crash and burn next year when defenses have more film on him. He’s a small-school QB that will eventually perform like one. Keep looking in Draft, Howie.

  7. @ montrealraider says:
    Jan 4, 2017 3:45 PM

    I think they got a 2nd round pick for Bradford. That was a brilliant brilliant move. Wentz got valuable experience and the team got back a pick to helps build around him after giving up a lot of chips (no pun intended).
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    the Eagles sent Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a first-round draft pick in 2017 as well as a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018.

  8. @NFLexpert says:
    Jan 4, 2017 3:45 PM

    Wentz is a one-year flash that will crash and burn next year when defenses have more film on him. He’s a small-school QB that will eventually perform like one. Keep looking in Draft, Howie.
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    You wish! While he certainly had flaws, just like Mariota and Winston showed in year 2, he also showed he can be very good. Imagine if the WRs had caught half of the passes they dropped, the narrative on his 1st season would be dramatically different. In addition to dropped passes, the injuries on the o-line took a toll too. Being from a small school doesn’t mean he can’t be successful anymore than being #1 from Cal or USC or Oregon or Florida or FL State guarantees a successful career.

  9. I find it interesting that Wentz did so much better than the #1 pick, Jarred Goff.
    This will be talked about for decades, where the Rams pay through the nose to trade up and draft a bust, while the Eagles got a decent QB.

  10. If there was a do-over for the 2016 Draft, Dak Prescott would be #1, Wentz would be low first round and Goff may not get drafted.
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    So with that logic, in a do-over, we could have seen…

    Dak going to LA or Cleveland, who stays put knowing how well he played, and then he winds up having a sub-par season due to lack of an all-star OL and wealth of riches at WR and HB.

    Wentz going low-first to a team that made the playoffs last year, who already had pieces in place. And he’d have been able to sit a full year, at the worst.

    It’s a team sport that’s based *so much* on the player’s surroundings when they’re a rookie. It’ll take a few years to truly know how good these kids are. We’ve seen one-year studs flame out overnight, and long projects become eventual solid starters that win titles.

  11. Wentz, Johnson, Ertz, Burton, Smallwood, J. Matthews, Brooks, Kelce, Wiz, Barbre, Vaitai, Seumalo, Fletch, Logan, Bradham, Graham, Kendricks, Hicks, Jenkins, McLeod.

    That’s a nucleus around which to build.

    I think Howie’s got the right idea.

    And for anyone who thinks he’s done cleaning up Chip’s mess, think again. He’s not going to be able to spend much because of the way Chip busted up the cap, and he’s still a little light on picks because of the way Chip squandered them.

    But I do think being disciplined is the way to go.

  12. Wentz, Johnson, Ertz, Burton, Smallwood, J. Matthews, Brooks, Kelce, Wiz, Barbre, Vaitai, Seumalo, Fletch, Logan, Bradham, Graham, Kendricks, Hicks, Jenkins, McLeod.

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    Gotta take Kendricks off that list (he won’t be around next season) – and add Curry, who will be, due to contract extension that, hopefully, he’ll live up to next season. And you got to hope they can find the $$$ to sign Logan.

  13. I don’t think most Eagles fans need a silver lining. Going 7-9 in a rebuilding season with a rookie coach and rookie QB is great. Finishing the season with two wins over division rivals is icing on the cake. This year has been a solid first step and I think both Wentz and Pederson are smart enough to learn from their mistakes and work to get better.

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