For as great as Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been at building his team over the past few seasons, his failure to put assets into the defense has doomed that side of the ball.
Simply put, the Eagles don’t have a good defense. From their atrocious secondary to their inability to generate a consistent pass rush, Jim Schwartz’s unit has struggled in nearly every facet this season.
The warning signs were there this past offseason.
Roseman also traded away one of the team’s best pass rushers from a year ago in Michael Bennett for a 2020 fifth-round pick and then lost defensive end Chris Long to retirement. While Roseman did bring in Vinny Curry and Malik Jackson to help mitigate those losses, it clearly hasn’t panned out in the way he and the fans expected it to.
Now, the Eagles are enduring a historically bad season from their defense. Per Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia, this team has allowed five touchdown passes of 40 yards or more in their first six games, the worst output an Eagles defense has had through six weeks since 1965.
While some of the blame can fall on the injuries the defense has dealt with, the bulk of it should fall squarely on Howie Roseman’s shoulders. He had opportunities to make moves to improve the defense throughout the offseason, but he opted to place almost every asset at his disposal into the offense. An offensive unit that is now struggling to keep up with teams due to the defense’s inability to stop anyone.
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A huge reason the Eagles were able to win the Super Bowl two years ago was because of how balanced they were on both sides of the ball. Their offense put up points, and their defense was able to create turnovers and get after the quarterback.
Roseman gets a lot of credit for putting that championship team together, and rightfully so. If the fan base is going to praise him when things go right, it’s only fair that the bulk of the blame gets credited to him when things go south as well.
With the NFL trade deadline still about two weeks away, there is still time for Roseman and his staff to remedy this situation. There are a handful of big-time defensive names on the trading block, so the fans will have to wait and see if Roseman is able to pull anything off before the deadline hits.