Future of the Eagles: Philly Unspecial
The 2020 NFL season has been a wild one and it has been especially crazy for the Eagles. They have struggled to get their footing this year and build off of solid performances from the past two years. Now, they are stuck in a very unforgiving cap situation, lack a prominent young core, and are hampered by a lot of old players on bad contracts.
The problem with the Eagles starts at the top of their organization. General Manager Howie Roseman has done a poor job managing this team. If they were to change nothing on their roster in 2021, they would be spending 131% of their cap space. Obviously, this is illegal so they will have to find some method to dump 31% of that money. Even after that, they won't have enough money to sign any free agents and their roster will be significantly worse.
Twelve players on their roster in 2021 will be earning over 10 million dollars. Some of those players are Alshon Jefferey, DeSean Jackson and Malik Jackson. Those three players have yet to make an impact on this team. However, you can't just cut them because the dead cap will be worse than keeping them on your roster.
But worst of all, Carson Wentz is due for 34 million dollars. He will be payed north of 30 million until 2024 when he becomes a Free Agent. It is safe to say that Wentz has not delivered the production to match that salary. Currently, he has the most interceptions this season with 15. When watching the Eagles, it is evident that he has no confidence and tries to play hero ball every single time he throws a pass.
To compound the issue, the coaching has been inept as well. It really seems like Frank Reich was the mastermind behind the success of that offense. Ever since Reich departed for Indianapolis, the offense hasn't been the same. On the defensive side of the ball, Jim Schwartz has a really bad scheme and refuses to change it. He has a set scheme and brings in players that fit his scheme instead of bringing in really good players and building a scheme around those players. Great coordinators do the latter.
Maybe the worst part about all of it is the drafting. Philadelphia has continually missed in the draft in recent years. In the past few years, they passed up on great Wide Receivers to select guys who haven't shown they can be starting players in the NFL. Primarily, I am talking about passing up on DK Metcalf for JJ Arcega-Whiteside and selecting Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson. They need to do a better job of evaluating talent and identifying the best player available at their positions of need.
The Eagles are in a desperate situation right now and I see no way of it turning around anytime soon. I expect them to pretty much clean house this offseason. Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, and Jim Schwartz will most likely be leaving the Eagles organization in 2021. But that isn't the end all be all. This team has a lot of work to do and it won't get done overnight.