Future Eagles Teams Will Be Built On Roseman DraftsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Monday, December 31st, 2012
Regardless of who the new coach is, we know that Eagles GM Howie Roseman will play a prominent role in the draft choices. Jeffrey Lurie emphasized today that Roseman had a major hand in the 2012 draft, but the drafts of 2010 and 2011 were primarily the products of Andy Reid and Joe Banner.
I asked Roseman what was the difference between his drafting style compared to that of Reid and Banner. He said the Eagles are going to focus on getting the best player on the board rather getting a player who fits a need.
It worked in the 2012 draft, but it had better keep working. Reid and Banner won’t be here to take any of the blame.
Roseman said they over-evaluated the current roster. That’s an understatement. He also said they overrated the chemistry of the roster. For some reason a good player like DeMeco Ryans didn’t demand better play out of his veteran teammates on the defense. I asked him whether he thought some of his teammates needed to be called on the carpet and he said no.
He never said anything to them and that didn’t work.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a great talent, but I don’t think I want him around my younger players because he knows how to underachieve. He likes to coast when he can. All the veterans on next year’s team should be hard workers. The young players will emulate what they see the veterans doing.
DRC had a great summer camp, but what good is that, it doesn’t count. He was pushing himself then, but once they got into the season, he started coasting rather than pushing his game to another level. DRC’s coach needs to be in his face and chewing him out.
Many times on losing teams the players are more interested in who gets blamed for a bad play or a loss rather than how do we find to prevent them. Think about it. Many Nmandi Asomugha who has never played on a winning team, was pointing at the safety who was supposed to be in the deep middle rather than trying to run down the receiver who was scoring a touchdown.
Football doesn’t seem to be the most important item on Asomugha’s schedule every day. It’s seems that he’s aspiring to be in the U.S. Senate rather in the Super Bowl.
The bad outcomes from the Jason Babin and Asomugha signings prove again that you can’t build a playoff caliber-team through free agency. You can find a player here or a player there, but you can’t build the foundation of your team through free agency.
In the past the Eagles did sign some free agents. They met a couple of needs when they signed Troy Vincent and Jon Runyan, but they made sure those players had great character. Both Vincent and Runyan became leaders on those good Eagles teams. They both exhibited a work ethic that spread to younger players.
I believe Jeffrey Lurie was right when he said you have get back to the fundamentals of drafting well and developing young players. I am somewhat concerned about this 2012 draft class because they were exposed to the wrong way to prepare and compete in the NFL. They should burn the tape of that New York Giants game.
Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy said not all the players bought into the system and what Reid was trying to do. Maclin specified that some of the free agents didn’t buy into the Eagles system. McCoy talked about players not giving their best effort.
I think Michael Vick’s comments about his teammates not giving it everything they’ve got were accurate, but they were also much too late. He should have been in somebody’s face much earlier in the season.
Vick was far too much a nice guy to his teammates. It’s as if he’s reluctant to be tough on guys because he feels the dogfighting scandal is still hanging over his head. He should get over that. Vick should have been chewing out members of his offensive line for most of the season.
Some players respond to kindness, but others respond to insults. A quarterback should sort his teammates out and know who needs to be chewed out and who needs to be hugged.
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