The recent NBA trade deadline has Philadelphia fans questioning “the process”. While the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Eagles are run by two entirely different front offices, how much should fans tolerate from their favorite team?
Remember when Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie called the team “the gold standard“? It’s been a long time, with no championships, since that infamous quote. With the team clearly not being the gold standard in the NFL, at what point should fans be vocally critical of the process in which teams operate?
Obviously, The Process in Philadelphia should not be questioned. That of course is Joel Embiid. However, the process for the Eagles is definitely worth questioning.
Carson Wentz is certainly worthy of the hype. While there has been criticism of his mechanics, he owns nearly every rookie record in franchise history. What about the rest of the roster however?
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Once again, the Eagles failed to sign an efficient cornerback in free agency. Of course, that position was a glaring hole in the defense after General Manager Howie Roseman traded Eric Rowe to the Super Champion New England Patriots.
Or what about wide receiver depth? Remember the signing of Chris Givens and Reuben Randle? Neither player made the 53-man roster. Dorial Green-Beckham made the roster after the Eagles traded for him. His contributions were minimal (at best).
Fans knew (or should have known) that this team was rebuilding last year. How long is a rebuild supposed to last though? In the modern era of franchise quarterbacks, winning quickly is a necessity. After all, Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger won Super Bowls in their second season.
In a time where NFL stadiums are often funded by excessive taxpayer dollars, fans deserve to be critical sooner than later. We as fans have a lot invested our teams. In the event that the Eagles miss the playoffs next season, it would be the longest playoff drought for the team in 30 years. If we as fans are looking for a time to revolt against this front office, the time would be then, not now.
Lurie wasn’t far off when he made the gold standard comment. The Eagles at the time were one of the premier teams in the NFL. For a team that went 7-9 last season, the Eagles are closer to being contenders than they are to being cellar dwellers. With no real losses looming in free agency (sorry Bennie Logan fans) and the addition of Lane Johnson for a full season, the team has a chance to make significant strides next year. Another offseason of inadequacy by Roseman and the Eagles’ front office will lead to many more questions than answers.
The team doesn’t need to sign Alshon Jeffery and they don’t need to sign anyone else flashy in free agency in order to restore faith in the franchise. This is a team that allowed less than 100 rushing yards in nine games. There’s talent on this Eagles roster. The key in the next few weeks will be to add more in the right spots. Easier said than done right? The fans will simply need to trust the process.