The Eagles are a league-best 8-0 on the season so far. With the first half of the season now in the books, it’s time for people to speculate just how far this eagles team can go. But that’s not why I’m here. Instead, I think it’s being overlooked just great this season is for the franchise as a whole.
Sure, the Eagles can make it to the Super Bowl and hoist another Lombardi down Broad Street but what about next season? Or the season after that? What’s being overlooked is just how masterful Howie Roseman is at his job.
I can truly say that not many GMs in the league are great at recognizing their mistakes and implementing changes to get better for the sake of the franchise. Fortunately for Philadelphia, Howie Roseman is great at that. He did it when Chip Kelly tried to have him fired and he did it again after the Eagles fired Doug Pederson and traded away QB Carson Wentz
This team was not supposed to be a playoff team last year and they were. They aren’t supposed to be the best team in the league this season but they are. And while the league focuses on the Eagles of now, Howie Roseman has set up the Eagles of tomorrow with an incredible foundation that will allow this team to make several runs to the Super Bowl.
See, when the Eagles won the Super Bowl back in 2017 they were on borrowed time as the team was among the oldest groups in the league. The wide receivers were on the back end of their careers and several defensive players were having the season of their careers.
Eagles are built different
This year’s team is built completely differently. It’s all about the youth. Not only do they have one of the youngest coaching staffs in the league but the stars are this team are all young. Jalen Hurts is only 24 years old and is making his way to being one of the top QBs in the league. A.J. Brown is one of the top wideouts in the league and he’s only 25 years old. DeVonta Smith is only in his second season and is the youngest out of three at 23 years old.
On defense, star safety, C. J. Gardner Johnson is only 24 years old. Rookie Defensive Tackle, Jordan Davis, is only 22 years old. Even Nakobe Dean is only 21 years old.
Not many of the pillars of the team are above the age of 30. The only position in question when it comes to age is Cornerback where Darius Slay is 31 years old and James Bradberry is 29 years old.
Outside of those two, the Eagles are well-established to make a big run over the next couple of years as one of the more dominant teams in the league. So as fun as it is to debate how good this Eagles team is this year, the fact of the matter is that this is no fluke. This team is young and very hungry. They want to prove themselves after last season’s playoff exit.
No other team has played that thrives off of accountability like this team. There is no ego associated with this franchise which has allowed them to just flourish and play their brand of football. Whether the Eagles win it all this year or the next, the truth is that Eagles fans are about to have the best football years of their lives over the next decade.
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