Howie G guitarist Joe

Howie & Joe Getting It Done

Posted: November 2nd, 2017 | Author:Tommy Lawlor | Filed under:Philadelphia Eagles | 181 Comments »

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Carson Wentz has gone from fan favorite to the greatest QB, if not human, of all time. Doug Pederson has gone from questionable hire to the unquestioned leader of the team with the NFL's best record.

How has the 7-1 start affected Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas?

I wrote a piece for PE.com on how the personnel department deserves a lot of credit for how this team is playing this year.

I know Howie remains a polarizing target. Sure he drafted Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Mychal Kendricks and Jason Kelce, but he also had Marcus Smith and Danny Watkins. He signed Malcolm Jenkins, Connor Barwin and Nigel Bradham, but also had his hands all over the 2011 Dream Team failure, as well as 237 mediocre CBs.

It is fair to say that Howie needs some postseason success (no playoff wins under him) before we praise the moves too much, but I think it is fair to say that he has learned some valuable lessons from the past and they are serving him, and the Eagles, well. At this point, it looks like Howie’s resume will be defined by Carson Wentz. Right now, that seems like a good thing for the Eagles GM (or what the heck ever his exact title is these days).

As for Douglas, it feels to me like the organization is doing things his way. The Ravens usually focused on their own players, which the Eagles have done this year. Jordan Hicks get hurt, Joe Walker gets his job. Jason Peters gets hurt, Big V gets his job. When you do look for outside help, focus on young players with upside. Caleb Sturgis is replaced by rookie Jake Elliott. At the trade deadline, the Eagles didn't go grab a 30-year old RB. They traded for a 24-year old player with talent and upside.

The Eagles feel like a true family right now. There is no dysfunctional Juan Castillo-Jim Washburn-Todd Bowles thing going on. There is no Howie-Chip thing going on. There is true stability at QB. All of this gives me hope that this isn't just a hot start, but is what the Eagles can be for an extended run over several seasons.

Sure helps to have this guy.

https://twitter.com/Eagles/status/926092153394290691

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