Here's what some of the Philadelphia Eagles' "Offseason Report Cards" looked like in 2011:
AOL: No. 1 in the NFL
Bleacher Report: A+++
You get the point. The consensus is clear: The Eagles are way better now than they were at the end of 2010. By now, we all know who the Eagles added to their roster, so I'm not gonna bore you by listing out the names. Needless to say, most of them are very, very, good.
But to impulsively give the Eagles' offseason an A+ would not be doing your due diligence on everything they've done since the end of last season. What about all the players they lost? After all, it wasn't the Steelers who came the closest to beating the Packers in the playoffs last year; it was the Eagles.
If only five points separated the Eagles from the eventual Super Bowl champions in the playoffs last season, doesn't that mean the team was fine? Couldn't you argue that they didn't need to make a giant roster overhaul, or that by changing too much, the Eagles actually had a bad offseason?
Blasphemy, I know.
I'm not willing to go that far, but there are reasons to be skeptical. Here are five moves the Eagles made this offseason that may cause you to quell your enthusiasm.