What’s happening in Philadelphia reminds me a lot of what happened with the Carolina Panthers following the 2015 season. While Carolina wasn’t able to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history after a 15-1 regular season like Philadelphia did in 2017, the fallout in the aftermath features plenty of parallels.
When franchises find success, other teams want to recreate that in their own facility, so plucking pieces away from them is expected. After Carolina’s 2015 campaign, the organization lost assistant general manager Brandon Beane, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, and assistant head coach Steve Wilks within two years following the conclusion of the magical ride in 2015. Beane became the general manager of the Buffalo Bills while McDermott and Wilks landed head coaching gigs. Beane, McDermott, and Wilks were critical members of the organization when it came to roster construction and leadership.
Now more than two years removed from the Super Bowl Championship in 2017, vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo have been hired away for higher positions with other teams. Reich is enjoying success as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts while Douglas is engineering a rebuild for the New York Jets as their general manager.
Both Carolina and Philadelphia found themselves in quarterback conundrums not long after those special seasons in 2015 and 2017. For the Panthers, Cam Newton was the MVP of the league in 2015 but foot and shoulder injuries limited him greatly in 2016-19. Carson Wentz played at an MVP level in 2017 but knee and back injuries have been problematic for him since his near-MVP campaign in 2017 was cut short. Wentz’s play has severely regressed and the Eagles are stuck with his hefty contract and plenty of doubt if he will ever find his form.
Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman now finds himself in a peculiar situation. What does he do at quarterback? How does he assemble a competitive roster in 2021, scheduled to be $65 million over the salary cap? Does his head coach even want to be there anymore?
Roseman has created a mess that he’s responsible for with his irresponsible management of contracts and more importantly, poor drafting.
The NFL draft is the lifeblood of sustaining success in the NFL and Roseman simply doesn’t have enough hits and his draft classes are littered with missed opportunities. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside over D.K. Metcalf and Derek Barnett over T.J. Watt are black eyes on Roseman’s resume, but he simply hasn’t been able to find enough impact starters through the draft.
Since he took over control of the roster in 2016, the only Pro Bowl selection that Roseman drafted is Wentz, whose starting job is currently in jeopardy. Dallas Goedert was a hit at tight end and Miles Sanders is showing promise at running back despite some inconsistency, but Roseman hasn’t been able to find enough difference-makers or even quality starters despite ample opportunities to do so. His poor drafting has spurred some questionable trades and free agent signings to compensate for the lack of proper talent influx via the draft—which has led to the nightmare cap situation he is facing.
After the 2015 season, Carolina kept grasping for answers before embracing a full-on rebuild following 2019. Organizational losses and injury-plagued seasons were too much to overcome. Philadelphia now finds itself three years removed from the 2017 Super Bowl and similar things are happening. Players can’t stay healthy and there are leadership voids. If Philadelphia doesn’t find answers soon, they will be smashing the reset button just like Carolina did.
- Aug 22, 2022
- Aug 22, 2022