PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Winning NFL free agency often doesn’t translate into wins on the field.
Check out the “Dream Team” the Philadelphia Eagles put together in 2011. They spent a ton of money on free agents, including cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and defensive end Jason Babin. They were favorites to win the division and contend for a Super Bowl, but went 8-8 that season and 4-12 the next.
Lesson learned? No way.
Fast-forward to 2015. Chip Kelly led the Eagles to consecutive 10-win seasons after replacing Andy Reid in 2013. That wasn’t good enough and he demanded personnel control to take them to the next level.
Kelly signed running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews and cornerback Byron Maxwell, among other major moves. The Eagles went 7-9 and Kelly was fired before the season ended. Murray and Maxwell followed him out the door in separate trades.
“Our batting average is never going to be 100 percent, unfortunately,” said Howie Roseman, the team’s executive vice president of football operations. “We have to learn from that and do a better job as we go forward.”
Roseman was in charge in 2011. He lost a power struggle to Kelly in 2015, so he can’t be blamed for that debacle. Now, he’s the man…
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