How Are The Eagles Different Than Previous Super Bowl Champions?
Since winning Super Bowl 52, Eagles Executive VP of Football Operations Howie Roseman has not sat on his hands this offseason. Unlike Super Bowl winning teams in recent history, the Eagles are not allowing the roster to lose it's strengths this offseason. Roseman has worked the salary cap to keep the team top tier for the 2018 season by trading Torrey Smith for Daryl Worley along with reworking Lane Johnson's contract and also restructure Zach Ertz contract and to add Haloti Ngata to the defensive line. One of the most important tasks this offseason was resigning Nigel Bradham and the Eagles got that done, bringing back one of their most valuable defenders from the 2017 season. The Eagles are taking the title of "Defending Super Bowl Champions" seriously this offseason as they prepare for the 2018 campaign.
The Sporting News NFL Writer Vinnie Iyer joined The Sports Bash on Wednesday and discussed how the Eagles are handling this offseason differently than previous Super Bowl winners:
“What the Eagles did differently (compared to other Super Bowl winners) is they made a lot of their moves last year – You look at their team, this is what a lot of contenders (are) doing is just making some tweeks and upgrades and that’s a good situation to be in. You look at the Patriots, they added Danny Shelton to their defense; You look at the Jaguars, they had the best Run Blocking team in the NFL and they added Andrew Norwell. But (Eagles) identity, what they can do well they add to that, you look at Haloti Ngata and (Michael) Bennett moves and (they) get their defensive line deeper, they are not going to let that slow down….They know where their strengths and they’re trying to add to those and sometimes some teams forget about that, you want to keep adding to what you do well and not always look at what you don’t do well.”
Checkout what Iyer had to say about Kirk Cousins going to Minnesota, Sam Bradford getting another big contract, and reviewing the latest NFL Free Agency moves