I think one of the reasons Howie Roseman and the Eagles front office made the decision to acquire running back Jay Ajayi when they found out he was available, was because of the memories of the early 2000’s. Remember when Donovan McNabb was a young second year quarterback. The Birds looked up and were astonished to find out they were in the playoffs with a chance to go to and win the Super Bowl.
They had a young talented quarterback and a good defense. McNabb carried the offense along with a decent running game, but the wide receivers left something to be desired. James Thrash and Todd Pinkston were good teammates but they were playmakers. McNabb threw the ball more to his tight ends and running backs.
For those three or four years, the Birds didn’t take advantage of their chances to win a Super Bowl and the door was wide open for them to do so, but they didn’t do enough to go after it. Roseman has let it be known, by his actions that he’s going for it. Eventually when they acquired Terrell Owens, the New England Patriots had built a dynasty with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Clearly the Eagles franchise doesn’t want that to happen again.