I know, I know........How can someone who just wrote about patience quickly make predictions??
The answer is simple: I LOVE THE EAGLES AND WANT A GREEN BROAD ST PARADE!!
How can the Eagles end the tease of the new millennium and accomplish this goal?? Their approach how they handle free agency and the draft should stay the same. What needs to change is the players they bring in.
Example A: I hated to see Brian Dawkins leave, but I was more upset with the fact that at the time of his departure there was no back up plan in place. The front office's seemed to be caught off guard by his signing with the Broncos.
Bringing in a competent Sean Jones in a low risk/high reward deal was a relief, but it's bad business to allow the situation to happen in the first place.
Example B: Trading out of the first round is one thing. Trading out of the first round two years in a row(2007 and 2008) is another. The bigger issue to me is that the top picks in both years were for players who aren't in the team's primary plans to contribute on a starting level.
Kevin Kolb is only going to start if Donovan McNabb stinks it up so bad he forces a new beginning.
Trevor Laws has two young defensive tackles in Mike Patterson and Broderick Bunkley ahead of him so he's a perennial backup unless he goes elsewhere.
Drafting for depth should be saved for Day 2 picks.
Another philosophy regarding players is the ignorant "We can win with the players we have" approach. There are players aquirable that can make a difference and as long there are holes to fill, cap space should not be a topic.
The bottom line is the Eagles haven't achieved the ultimate goal yet.
Also, the holes they "plug in" with players have ended up being the most exposed differences between wins and losses. In 2007 it was special teams, in 2008 it was fullbacks/tight ends in short yardage situations.
That being said, I predict the Eagles will make some serious moves with more free agents, in trades and the draft.