Was the Eagles’ Super Bowl win an aberration?
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski had an excellent column this week, looking at how far the Eagles have fallen less than three years after defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
His premise? General manager Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson let the title go to their heads. In other words, they started thinking they were smarter than everybody else.
He makes a great point. Pederson looks nothing like the envelope-pushing, innovative coach of three years ago. Was Frank Reich, the offensive coordinator during that magical season, really the genius? Reich moved on to the head coaching job with the Colts, and Pederson hasn’t really been the same since.
One thing’s for sure: He’s no Andy Reid. When Reid left the Eagles, it was time, but there’s no doubt Reid’s a great coach, and he didn’t need a Super Bowl victory to earn that distinction. However, now Reid has that elusive ring, and could very well win several more in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.
Pederson, however, looks increasingly like a guy who’s never going to get within shouting distance of another Super Bowl.
Front office no help
Then there’s GM Roseman, who did a phenomenal job compiling the Super Bowl-champion roster. Who knows what happens if he doesn’t bring in Nick Foles as the backup quarterback?
But since then? Ugh.
There have been terrible acquisitions (DeSean Jackson, for example), free agent signings and draft picks. And they let a team leader like safety Malcolm Jenkins leave for the Saints. The trade for cornerback Darius Slay was good, except he can’t play every position on defense.
Sielski wrote that the ultimate hubris move was drafting QB Jalen Hurts this year in the second round. It was like saying, “We’re such a successful franchise we can take the luxury of drafting a backup quarterback in round 2.” Who does that? Especially when you have glaring needs.
I remember at the time giving Roseman the benefit of the doubt on this, thinking they were going to use Hurts as an offensive weapon. Nope, it turns out he’s just a backup quarterback, who comes in a few plays a game.
On the other hand, maybe Hurts won’t be a second-stringer that much longer, if Carson Wentz doesn’t snap out of his season-long funk.