The Philadelphia Eagles are a long way off from being an elite NFL franchise. The team’s weaknesses on the offensive line, the inability of the secondary players to defend the pass, the small and injury-prone receiving corps and the questions surrounding the quarterback position have left the team and its fans struggling to paint a clear picture of the Birds’ future.
Although nothing is definite until it comes to fruition, the closest thing to definite about the Eagles’ future is that Andy Reid will likely not be coaching the team. Although the idea of the Eagles under different leadership may conjure the kind of sentiments in some fans that would hate to see Reid go, for others, it is a welcomed prospect that is rich with the fruits of change.
One of the biggest and most promising aspects of the idea of a new head coach and management regime is that of a different draft style. After all, it’s no secret that Andy Reid isn’t a very good drafter. If you need evidence for this, aside from the fact that he hasn’t won a Super Bowl, the current situations of most of his draft picks and the success of the players who were drafted after the players he picked (especially in the first round), you can reference the Birds’ activity on the free-agent market. Reid has tried to make up for his lack of talent and depth by signing big-name free agents instead of developing young players in his system over recent years. That’s a big part of why the Eagles’ 2011 and 2012 campaigns turned out the way they did.
Although a team cannot be “fixed” with a single draft, a team can most certainly be placed on the right track with one.