Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com weighed in this week on what he believes has been a stellar offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite straying away from blockbuster free agent signings and hoarding big-name free agents, the Eagles took a more conservative approach this spring. Still, the hype from a year ago hasn’t dissipated–experts once again expect big time results from the Eagles in 2012.
“The Philadelphia Eagles smartly re-signed their best core players: Trent Cole, Todd Herremans, DeSean Jackson and Evan Mathis,” wrote Rosenthal. “I even like the continuity of keeping defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. The Eagles withstood public pressure to ‘blow things up’ and should be rewarded. (Just a year later than everyone expected.)”
Rosenthal’s colleague, Marc Sessler, agrees.
“The Eagles get my vote because they didn’t panic after a down year,” he said. “For all the abuse Philadelphia absorbed last season, this team finished fourth on offense and eighth on defense. Taking a page from the New York Giants, this team continues to add fire to the defensive line: Fletcher Cox won’t disappoint inside. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks should fix last year’s mess at linebacker. Aggressive moves minus desperation. I see a big year in Philly.”
Pre-season hype is fine. It means that the pieces are seemingly in place for a big run. But now it’s time for the Eagles to prove the experts right.