Howie Roseman knows Eagles need to get younger

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When the Eagles had quarterback Carson Wentz on that cheap rookie contract, it was easy to trade draft picks for veteran help to insulate him.

Now that they’re actually paying him, they’re recognizing the need to balance the books with some rookie-scale contracts.

“Going forward, we need to infuse youth in this team,” General Manager Howie Roseman said, via Dave Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “We think we’re going to have 10 draft picks in the draft. We’re excited about that.”

The Eagles had one of the oldest rosters in the league last year (only the Patriots and Falcons were older), and they’ve only drafted 10 players total the last two years, as they were clearly in a win-now mode.

“We have a lot to do going forward,” Roseman said. “When we look at our team from 2017 to 2019, we knew that we had one team. Really, a team that we were going to basically stick with. We didn’t have a lot of resources in terms of draft picks. That’s on me.”

Seeing some young players buoy them late in the season was also a metaphor, as they tried to run Darrren Sproles out there one last time before he got hurt and Boston Scott ever got a chance.

“It’s a great lesson. You have to let young players play,” Roseman said. “It’s natural for us to want to have a safety net at every position. We have to allow these young players to play and get some experience. Just the energy they injected into the team and obviously the production that they had. We have to balance that.”

That means Roseman will need to change some habits he’s built over recent years. But the recognition is an important step in that process.

17 responses to “Howie Roseman knows Eagles need to get younger

  1. 2 wins over teams with winning records. Drop off the Giants and Redskins and they’re 5-7 on the year.

  2. It’s Time to “ re- tool “ this Roster. New York and Washington will be doing the same which keeps the Eagles on Mark to stay on or near the top of the division. Of course I didn’t mention Dallas, they have the talent to win the division over the next couple years but do they have the means. They need to spend a lot of money on Prescott and Cooper, with many more playing the same card Malcolm Jenkins is playing in Philly. You can’t keep them all happy and win and I expect the Jones boys to screw it up. GO BIRDS.

  3. redlikethepig says:
    January 9, 2020 at 7:17 am
    2 wins over teams with winning records. Drop off the Giants and Redskins and they’re 5-7 on the year.

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    Surprise surprise, most team have a worse record against winning record teams than otherwise. That’s why they’re +.500.
    With the injuries the Eagles had this year they did alright, better do do worse due to that than organisational ineptness

  4. redlikethepig
    Jan 9, 2020, 7:17 AM EST

    2 wins over teams with winning records. Drop off the Giants and Redskins and they’re 5-7 on the year.

    ——————-

    Take away the Redskins & the Giants, and the Cowboys were only 4-8. So what?

  5. redlikethepig says:
    January 9, 2020 at 7:17 am
    2 wins over teams with winning records

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And that’s 2 more than anyone else in the NFC East.

  6. Sproles stayed 1 if not 2 years to long. The Eagles kept saying they weren’t going to fall prey to any of the post super bowl cliches but they fell for all of them.

    The hangover, trying to keep the band together, etc.

    Guaranteeing Jeffery’s contract for 2020 before the start of last season, why? He is now looking like a $20 mill anchor on this team for next year. Not choosing Metcalf in the 2nd round is looking horrible right now as is relying on DJax to put in his 3rd healthy season in 12 years.

    DJax opting not to have surgery on his injury absolutely screwed the eagles. Instead of missing 6 games he missed 13. Out of all the mistakes, this is the one that killed the Eagles the most.

  7. This is an 8-8 team tops for the foreseeable future. All those “young players” that shined brightest did soft against the dregs of the league.

    “Break out” player Boston Scott was out rushed by the Eagles’ 40 year old back up QB vs. Seattle.

  8. redlikethepig says:
    January 9, 2020 at 7:17 am
    2 wins over teams with winning records. Drop off the Giants and Redskins and they’re 5-7 on the year.
    ———————
    Doesn’t work like that.

  9. 1st place schedule next year plus all the other NFCE teams getting new coaching staffs looks like there will be another change at the top next year.

  10. romoscorona says:
    January 9, 2020 at 8:40 am
    1st place schedule next year

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Geez, when will everyone realize that the 1st place schedule is a grand total of 2 different teams. When you play teams (because of injuries, hot streaks) is waaay more important.

  11. maalea says:
    January 9, 2020 at 9:23 am
    Geez, when will everyone realize that the 1st place schedule is a grand total of 2 different teams. When you play teams (because of injuries, hot streaks) is waaay more important.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Understood. And yes it all can change in a year – injuries, FAs, etc. just saying when the division is so tight anyway with only 1 game separating first & second, those 2 teams can make a big difference.

  12. Eagles need alot…and most fans that follow the team know that. We need at least 1 Wr that can stretch the field..a couple of ball hawks in the secoundary..two more offensive lineman and most important a quality backup QB that manage the offense once Wentz gets hurt again.

  13. “Take away the Redskins & the Giants, and the Cowboys were only 4-8. So what?”

    Mediocrity. Both of them. That’s what. Nothing to do with ‘getting younger’.

  14. “Surprise surprise, most team have a worse record against winning record teams than otherwise. ”

    Two and seven in 2019. That’s worse all right.

  15. slimglynn, I’ll take your wager sure wish we could find away to get together so I can take your money. The Eagles will be a 10 win division winner.

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