The 2019 NFL season ended for the Philadelphia Eagles when they fell to the Seahawks 17-9 in the NFC Wild-Card game last Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
Now, with the season over, the Eagles must look to the future, and that future might include more young players. Coming into the 2019 season, Philadelphia had the second oldest team in football, which may have contributed to the number of injuries this team had in 2019.
According to Eagles GM Howie Roseman, the Eagles must get younger in 2020.
“We have a lot to do going forward,” Roseman said on Wednesday. “When we look at our team from 2017 to 2019, we knew that we had one team. Really, a team that we were basically going to stick with. We didn’t have a lot of resources in terms of draft picks. That’s on me. We made trades for some veteran players to go win. We stick to that. We’re glad of those decisions.
“But going forward, we need to infuse youth in this team. We have 10 draft picks. We think we’re going to have 10 draft picks in this draft and we’re excited about that. When we look at what the young players did for our team down the stretch, it’s a great tribute to them; it’s a great tribute to our coaching staff, and it’s a great tribute to our developmental program that we take a lot of pride in.”
Injuries were a big reason the Eagles struggled at times in 2019, and Roseman addressed that issue on Wednesday.
“I think the last part is that we need to look at everything,” Roseman said. “We’ve started that process during the season. As a front office, we have the ability to do that while the coaches are preparing for games. One of the things that obviously has been an issue for us has been the injury situation. When we look at the last three years, in 2017, we were able to overcome it. The last two years, the injuries have really hurt our football team.
“There is a part of that that is natural during the game. Injuries are going to happen. But we have to figure out a way to get better here. We can help from a front office perspective by looking at the players that we bring in. Hope is not a strategy when it comes to injuries. When you bring in guys that are injured, it obviously increases the risk that they will get hurt again.”
To get younger, Philadelphia has to draft better, and Roseman knows that.
“There are a lot of guys who are going to be drafted later than we pick that are going to end up being good players,” Roseman said. “We’re trying to not have many of them, but I think the big thing for us is, because we haven’t had a large number of picks, we have to hit on more of them, and volume is important to us going forward.”
The Eagles are not too far away from contention, and to get back to the top, Roseman is going to have to surround QB Carson Wentz with more weapons. Also, they have to improve the secondary, and bring in another guy that can get after the quarterback.
Roseman has done it before, and he will need to do it again if the Eagles want to capture a championship next season.