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Roseman Award A Credit To Whole Organization

Posted Jan 18, 2018

Some of the foundation pieces were in place for the Eagles coming off a 7-9 2016 season – a franchise quarterback, a young head coach, a strong core of younger and oldish veterans signed to long-term contracts – and when executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and his staff sat down ...

Some of the foundation pieces were in place for the Eagles coming off a 7-9 2016 season – a franchise quarterback, a young head coach, a strong core of younger and oldish veterans signed to long-term contracts – and when executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and his staff sat down roughly 12 months ago to lay out a blueprint, the goal was to keep adding high-character players who love the game, who are going to compete on every play, and who will accept the role on this team for the greater good of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s worked out pretty well so far, right?

On Thursday, Roseman was named the Pro Football Writers Association's NFL Executive of the Year: It’s an award for the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization. Roseman declined to be interviewed for the story, saying that credit could be spread throughout all facets of the football operations.

For an organization that has preached, mostly through the daily messages of head coach Doug Pederson, the idea of “selflessness” and “ownership” all season, Roseman’s spread-the-credit idea resonates. In a matter of only a couple of seasons, the Eagles have vaulted from the sticky entanglement of the Chip Kelly Era to a team one win away from reaching Super Bowl LII.

It’s been a total team effort, indeed.

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So while the award is nice and is certainly deserving, the reaction from Roseman and from every player who was named to the Pro Bowl or to an All-Pro team – has been exactly the same: This is not about individual accolades right now. We have a football game to win on Sunday.

But let’s step back here and recognize, for a moment, what the Eagles have accomplished pointing the football franchise in the right direction: They remodeled the offense in free agency by added veteran wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, running back LeGarrette Blount, and made a bold switch at backup quarterback, just in case the Eagles needed it, by releasing Chase Daniel and signing Nick Foles. They retained offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski, who has been a vital cog up front. They pulled off trades to bolster the defense, adding defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and cornerback Ronald Darby. Veteran defensive end Chris Long and cornerback Patrick Robinson turned out to be important additions in free agency.

The draft and post-draft period yielded immediate contributors in defensive end Derek Barnett, cornerback Rasul Douglas, wide receiver Mack Hollins, and running back Corey Clement. Placekicker Jake Elliott was a vital signing after Caleb Sturgis went down. Trading for running back Jay Ajayi at the deadline on Halloween provided a home-run threat at running back for the offense.

On and on it goes. The Eagles signed Jernigan and Jeffery to long-term contracts, even with a “tight,” as Roseman said throughout the year, salary-cap picture.

And what’s happened? The Eagles have not let injuries or any obstacle get in their way as they won the NFC East, clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC postseason, and are a few days away from playing for the right to reach the Super Bowl.

Maybe the blueprint didn’t develop exactly as the Eagles planned, but because the entire football organization worked together and challenged itself, the Eagles thrived in the face of adversity. Roseman’s name is on the award from the Pro Football Writers Association, and he’s been great, but as Roseman said, the entire organization deserves the credit.

Key 2017 Roster Moves
Date Transaction
March 9 Agreed to terms with WR Torrey Smith on a three-year contract. Agreed to terms with WR Alshon Jeffery on a one-year contract.
March 10 Agreed to terms with G/C Stefen Wisniewski on a three-year contract.
March 13 Agreed to terms with QB Nick Foles on a two-year contract.
March 28 Agreed to terms with DE Chris Long on a two-year contract. Agreed to terms with CB Patrick Robinson on a one-year contract.
April 4 Acquired DT Tim Jernigan and a 2017 third-round pick (99th overall) from Baltimore in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick (74th overall).
April 27 Selected DE Derek Barnett in the first round (No. 14 overall).
May 18 Signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract.
August 11 Acquired CB Ronald Darby from Buffalo in exchange for WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.
September 12 Agreed to terms with K Jake Elliott.
October 31 Acquired RB Jay Ajayi from Miami in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick.
November 13 Signed LB Dannell Ellerbe.

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