New Year’s Resolutions: Eagles

It goes without saying how difficult 2012 was in Philadelphia sports.

The Andy Reid era came to a disastrous, disappointing conclusion. The Team to Beat looked like a part of Phillies’ folklore rather than one cementing its legacy. The Sixers’ season was not thwarted on the court, rather, it fell apart at a bowling alley. Oh, and the NHL no longer exists.

While 2012 changed the way we looked at our teams, 2013 will be a year of correcting the mistakes of yesteryear. There are no delusions, no talks of dreams or dynasties, just realizations that it’s time to build teams that can make our fine city proud.

Getting another title is not going to be easy, and it probably won’t happen in 2013, but over the course of the week I’m going to suggest a little something to each team to get on the right path.

With this week’s developments, it’s only natural to start here. Watching the Birds probably won’t be fun this year. However, it shouldn’t be.

No one ever talks about the Ray Rhodes era. The team spiraled from 10 wins in 1995 and 1996 to 3 in 1998. Pretty dismal, huh?

That said, I would argue those were the Eagles’ most successful years since Buddy built his defense.

In 1995, the Eagles drafted Bobby Taylor, in ’96 the team added Brian Dawkins, Troy Vincent, and Jermaine Mayberry. After grabbing Duce Staley in the ’97 draft, the team nabbed Hugh Douglas, Tra Thomas, Jeremiah Trotter, and Brandon Whiting in 1998. Before finishing 5-11 in his first year, Reid completed a masterpiece with Donovan McNabb, John Welbourn, and David Akers. Add in a smart signing in Jon Runyan and the Eagles quickly ascended into the NFL’s elite.

While the Eagles did not win many games when those players were acquired, the organization laid the groundwork for a team that could.

The Eagles’ are in a similar spot now. While the team has some promising young players in LeSean McCoy, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks and others, this team needs to rebuild.

The Eagles do not have a high ceiling with their current roster. The next step is to drop or trade veterans like Nnamdi Asomugha, DeMeco Ryans, and Trent Cole who could have something left, but will not contribute to a championship here.

If a Super Bowl is not on the horizon, this team is best served evaluating its young players and letting them develop while using high draft picks to add to a new core.

The next head coach will be important, but the onus is on Howie Roseman to rebuild this roster.

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