By Rob Maaddi
NFL players drafted or signed as undrafted free agents since 2014 have combined for 274 Pro Bowl appearances. The Eagles have just one of those.
That’s the main reason why this team is 4-10-1.
The Pro Bowl is not as prestigious as the All-Pro team. Even Tyrod Taylor made a Pro Bowl so considering how many players and replacements make the roster, the fact Carson Wentz is the only player drafted by the Eagles over the past six years to earn that nod is damning.
The Eagles simply lack talent across the board on offense, defense and special teams. They couldn’t even compete in one of the worst divisions in NFL history.
Wentz took most of the blame for the team’s failures until he got benched. Now, the heat is on Doug Pederson.
But he didn’t select J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Sidney Jones, Donnel Pumphrey and so on and so on. Howie Roseman made those picks with help from his scouting department.
Maybe Pederson should seek more input on personnel decisions. It doesn’t sound like he wants it, however.
“You get into this business, especially as a head coach, and you do it because you love being around the players and you want to teach football,” he said Monday. “I want to be a part of the solution. I want to be a part of the evaluation process. I want to be a voice that’s heard, and I want to have that collaborative communication with Howie and his staff and be a part of that process. I don’t necessarily want to cross that line because it takes you away from doing your job as the head football coach. I like being on the football side of things as a former football player and obviously now a coach. That’s where my passion lies. But yet, I want to be part of the solution. I want to help evaluate and help bring guys in here that can help us win.”
Roseman’s job seems safe. The Eagles won a Super Bowl three years ago and he assembled that roster. They won a playoff game the following season. They won a division title last year. Jeffrey Lurie is comfortable with Roseman and it would be surprising if he cut the cord.
But Lurie has to evaluate the team’s future. Poor drafts cripple organizations. The Eagles have reached this point because they can’t pick the right players. There’s already help on staff. Former Chiefs and Browns GM John Dorsey is already earning a paycheck from the Eagles as a consultant. Dorsey drafted Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters, Kareem Hunt, Zach Fulton, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Patrick Mahomes, Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, among others.
The best move Lurie could make is to give a Dorsey a full-time position and authority over the draft.