Howie Roseman’s Additions Help Lead Eagles Back to Super Bowl
The Eagles hit it out of the park this offseason with their free agent signings.
After being pushed to the broom closet during the Chip Kelly era, Roseman served his time and reemerged, making a bold trade for Carson Wentz as his first major decision.
After an encouraging rookie season by Wentz, Roseman began to add veteran pieces this offseason to complement the young roster.
The additions of veterans like LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long, who won Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. Castoffs like Torrey Smith, Corey Graham and Patrick Robinson. They brought in a bigger name, Alshon Jeffery to help Carson Wentz grow, and then brought back a familiar veteran backup quarterback in Nick Foles in the event that something major happened to Wentz.
"I mean it’s a credit to [Eagles head coach] Doug [Pederson], the coaches, [Eagles executive vice president of football operations] Howie [Roseman] and his staff in terms of the roster and people he brought in," Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said.
"It’s something very special. This is a special group of players and coaches."
In Sunday's 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game, each one of those guys contributed to the team’s return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004.
"It took Howie and [vice president of player personnel] Joe Douglas and their staffs a lot of work to figure out going after the [Eagles safety] Corey Grahams, you name it, the [Eagles CB] Patrick Robinson, all over the roster," Lurie continued.
We were aggressive at the trade deadline because we thought we had a chance. Normally you wouldn’t do that, but we thought we had a chance.”
Each player the Eagles brought in, had a hand in the win.
Blount with six carries for 21 yards and a bruising touchdown run, Long with a hurrying hit on Case Keenum forcing him into an interception to a opportunistic Patrick Robinson, who returned it for a touchdown. Then there was the tremendous touchdown catch by Torrey Smith, who had five catches for 69 yards and the interception by Corey Graham. Jeffery caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
It wasn't just the free agent additions, rookie draft pick Derek Barnett had a strip sack, trade acquisition Jay Ajayi rushed 18 times for 73 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 26 yards
But most of all their was Foles, who completed 26-of-33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns, to lead the offense and quiet the doubters.
"I’m just grateful and humble to be a part of this team, to be in this moment, and to share it with our family, our fans, all of the people who love the Philadelphia Eagles, this franchise, and my teammates," Foles said after the game. "It is honestly unbelievable and words just can’t describe it.”
While the players made plays, the coaches put in the game-plan, Howie Roseman put them in position to make it all work.