What if someone told you the Philadelphia Eagles had a chance to be an NFL dynasty?
It wasn’t that long ago that a Super Bowl victory was the apex of any wish list created by any Philadelphia Eagles fan. Then, out of nowhere, the 2017-2018 NFL season transformed from one where the goal was simply just to take the next step into what surprisingly became the greatest single season in the history of the “Birds”.
Expectations have returned to what was a frustrated fan base prior to the arrival of Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz, and after a 7-9 finish closed the book on 2016’s run, Philly’s made the postseason in each of the past three seasons. Unfortunately, they’ve taken a step backward each time.
They’ve gone from winning the biggest game in American sports to coming within a few plays of a second-consecutive NFC Championship Game to losing in the Wild Card Round. All hope isn’t lost though. In 2020, the NFC East is expected to come down to the Eagles and rival Dallas Cowboys again after they pushed each other to the wire a season ago and then added talent to areas of need during the most recent offseason.
The moves made by both franchises seem to have impressed some of football’s most trusted voices, and recently, one of those minds lent his opinion to the conversation on both franchises.
NFL expert names Philadelphia Eagles as a potential NFL dynasty.
As many of us were venturing through our Tuesday, contributing columnist to NFL.com Adam Schein dropped a list of nine franchises that he could see becoming a dynasty. The Eagles finished fifth behind the Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers, and, yes, the Cowboys.
Here’s an excerpt from what he had to say about Philly.
"Fortunately, Howie Roseman did provide a needed influx of explosiveness to the receiving corps. First-round selection Jalen Reagor’s a home-run hitter who’ll immediately hold a prominent role in this offense. Meanwhile, fifth-round pick John Hightower and trade acquisition Marquise Goodwin bring additional take-the-top-off speed of their own. Roseman also shored up the defense with the marquee acquisitions of Javon Hargrave and Darius Slay, and don’t sleep on the signing of stout nickel corner Nickell Robey-Coleman."
Rounding out Schein’s list is the Buffalo Bills (sixth), the Los Angeles Chargers (seventh), the Tennessee Titans (eighth), and, believe it or not, the Cleveland Browns (ninth). While some of those are going to be a tough sell to most NFL pundits, it’s nice to see kudos given to this Eagles franchise.
We can speculate about reasonable expectations for stars like Fletcher Cox or theories about what can be expected from some of the question marks like JJ Arcega-Whiteside, but when it’s all said and done, it appears that some of the experts are still convinced Philly can catapult itself back to the top of the league’s elite. If you’re an Eagles fan, you have to hope his assessment is an accurate one.