The 2013 Philadelphia Eagles appear to have surprisingly few holes, at least based on the way they’re playing of late. With a five-game winning streak, the Birds are officially the hottest team in the NFL. Their offense is ranked third overall. The defense hasn’t surrendered more than 21 points in nine straight.
While the Eagles are 8-5 and still trending up, the playoffs are right around the corner and the offseason isn’t far behind. With that in mind, there is a reason most fans and experts weren’t anticipating this kind of success in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach. Philly has needs just like everybody else.
The need that has seemingly disappeared is at starting quarterback, which coincidentally is also the hardest position to fill and the one that often correlates the most with winning. The emergence of Nick Foles has spared the front office from having to focus on signal-callers—at least in the upcoming draft—freeing up numerous other possibilities instead.
When it’s time for general manager Howie Roseman and the front office to go shopping this spring, they’ll be building around Foles and the 10th-youngest roster in the league. If you think the Eagles are good now, they could become a powerhouse with a strong draft and a couple of quality free agents—if they’re not there already.
Of course, piling up victories has done a number on the Birds’ draft slotting as well, so don’t expect to see any of the top, top prospects in midnight green in 2014. However, the Eagles will have plenty of money to spend in free agency, coming in at nearly $20 million under the salary cap this season.
Which brings us back around to the beginning. The Eagles don’t appear to have many glaring holes since Chip arrived and started putting the pieces together, so how will how the organization allocate its precious resources come March? Here are five suggestions.