USA Today: Eagles had One of Worst Offseasons in NFL
The Philadelphia Eagles had a disappointing 7-9 finish to their season, that ended with parting ways with their head coach, and bringing back their former GM Howie Roseman to lead this offseason.
The season ending win over the New York Giants, led by Pat Shurmur, gave fans a look at what a non-Chip Kelly outfit might look like and from there the goal was to try and improve on that. Sam Bradford had a very strong final three game stretch, throwing for 1,061 yards and five touchdowns and was re-signed - we all know what happened next.
So how much better can the team that won seven games be? Are they closer to a 10-6 team or closer to a 6-10 team?
According to USA Today’s Nate Davis — in a piece ranking all of the NFL teams’ offseasons — the Eagles look closer to the 6-10 team, coming in at No. 26.
26. Philadelphia Eagles: They swept away much of the Chip Kelly past – goodbye, DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso – but bet heavily on the future, surrendering a future first and second rounder in hopes that QB Carson Wentz is the ideal fit for new coach Doug Pederson’s system. Of course prior to maneuvering his way up the draft board for Wentz, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman had already guaranteed nearly $35 million to free agent QBs Chase Daniel and Sam Bradford. Despite a few other nice additions, G Brandon Brooks and S Rodney McLeod among them, how the quarterback situation unfolds (and whether something can be recouped in a future trade of Bradford) will define an extremely risky strategy in Philly.
The Eagles identified upgrading their offensive line and secondary as a priority, and the belief is they’ve addressed the issue with veteran guards Brooks and Stefen Wisnewski and even through the draft with Isaac Seumalo. In the secondary, they went with McLeod, plus veterans Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks.
Of the teams ranked behind the Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks (28), New England Patriots (31) and Denver Broncos (32) made the playoffs in 2015.