Here are the positives if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
The good news is this. If you’re one of those Eagles fans that feels like missing on draft picks and signing expensive veterans year after year to mask your roster issues is a poor method of roster-building, you’re feeling pretty good right now, and you should. Why? It’s simple. There’s plenty of truth with your theory.
Sure, players aren’t going to work out on every single occasion, but sometimes, it isn’t the players that are an issue. Sometimes, the blame has to be placed on the coaches. It’s their job to coach these guys up, and when every one of your wide receivers regresses, minus Greg Ward, and when your second-round guy, JJ Arcega-Whiteside isn’t producing, maybe it isn’t ‘JJAW’ that needs to get it together. Maybe it’s Carson Walch.
Trading for Ngakoue was going to be expensive. He was going to cost the team that acquired him multiple draft picks. He also still needs a long-term deal to be hammered out. You’re already aware of how challenging that was going to be for the ‘Birds’ with their financial constraints.
The goal here shouldn’t be acquiring the next big fish in free agency’s pool. It should be making sure that defensive line coach Matt Burke and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz finally maximize the potential of Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller, and Casey Toohill. This team shouldn’t be bringing back Vinny Curry every season. He shouldn’t still be one of this team’s best pass rushers.
This team has a lot of work to do, especially if they’re going to be ready for the Vikes and their new defensive end or any other contender that they face in an NFC Playoff Game though. They’re heading in the right direction though. This team has to get younger and less expensive, and as good as Ngakoue is, he wasn’t going to help them accomplish that.