If you’re a completely unbiased Eagles fan who manages to avoid the preseason hype train that rolls into Philly every season — regardless of realistic expectations — you’re probably not surprised by what we’ve seen out of the team so far in 2021.
A head coach that’s in over his head, a coaching staff that is without any true experience, a roster that’s constructed of over-the-hill veterans and unproven players, and a quarterback who’s on the brink of being benched. Add all that up, and you get a team that’s heading for the NFL basement in a hurry.
In other words, you get the 2021 Philadelphia Eagles.
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It’s fair to place the bulk of the blame on any of the factors mentioned above — you’d have a strong argument for any of them. But the man who’s overseen this mess, Howie Roseman, is once again being thrown into the fire by Eagles fans.
Now, is that fair? Absolutely. But does it mean he’s in jeopardy of losing his job before Nick Sirianni, Jalen Hurts, or any of the other coaches on this staff? No, not a chance.
I’ve been up and down on Howie throughout the years, but since the beginning of 2020, it’s starting to feel like the whole Jeffrey Lurie-Howie Roseman marriage is approaching its breaking point.
The team is in complete shambles as it currently stands, but there is a glimmer of hope for the future. With three potential first round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft — two of them likely to be top-10 picks, if not top-5 — along with eight more picks between rounds two through six, the upcoming draft is shaping up to be the most pivotal draft this franchise has faced in some time. And this assortment of picks are thanks to none other than Howie Roseman.
So, to think Lurie will pull the plug on Roseman before he even has the chance to use all these draft picks he’s acquired would be foolish. I completely understand being anxious or nervous about Roseman handling a draft with this much at stake, but that doesn’t mean he should be canned in favor of an unproven GM. A general manager that could very well botch this draft too.
While it feels like Roseman should probably already be gone, given what he’s managed to accumulate in draft capital for next year, he deserves one more shot to right the ship here. If he fails miserably and the product on the field doesn’t improve, then yeah, it’s time for him to go.
But if we know anything about Lurie’s mode of operation, it’s that he’s endlessly loyal to his guys — sometimes to a fault. That won’t change this year.
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