Much of the demise of Andy Reid’s coaching tenure was the result of the 2010 and 2011 offseasons.
During those two years, Reid made a number of questionable free agent acquisitions and draft picks. His draft picks of Brandon Graham and Danny Watkins in consecutive years has given the Philadelphia Eagles almost no production thus far (although to be fair, Graham has started to come on strong as of late).
He whiffed on a number of middle to late round players like Nate Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Curtis Marsh, Casey Matthews, and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. And his free agent signings of Nnamdi Asomugha, Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith, and Vince Young have all backfired.
Even Reid’s coaching hires, notably Howard Mudd and Jim Washburn, cost the team a number of wins.
That’s why his 2012 draft was so spectacular. This is looking like one of the finest drafts the Eagles have had in a number of years, possibly since the magnificent 2002 draft. That one produced Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown, Michael Lewis, and Brian Westbrook in consecutive picks.
The strong play from the rookies this past year bodes well for the franchise’s future. If all goes according to plan, the ’12 draft class will play an integral in a playoff berth next season.