When a team ends a season at 4-12, there’s a room for improvement in every aspect of the game. The Philadelphia Eagles fit this description, especially on defense. It will be a quite a challenge to get what was once a proud defensive unit back to prominence and to one that opponents may fear on a weekly basis. However, a quick fix is not likely. The Eagles didn’t get into this dilemma overnight, so it may be unrealistic to think that they’ll totally turn things around in 2013. There are too many holes.
In all likelihood, Philadelphia will transition to a 3-4 defense and just that change alone brings a lot of questions to the table. There must be a run stuffing nose tackle, along with two solid ends, four good linebackers who can run and hit and quite possibly a complete overhaul of the secondary. Repairing each tier of the unit will not be an easy task even though the Eagles have the fourth pick in the draft and about $35 million available under salary cap.
In addition, the Eagles have not gotten good returns on their free agent signings in recent years, but I don’t expect general manager Howie Roseman to be reluctant in pulling the trigger on a player he and new player personnel really likes. Both are well aware of what the immediate needs are for the franchise. Just expect Roseman to be a lot more selective this time around because free agents are indeed costly and acquiring the wrong players can be critical to a team’s success. A quick fix is what fans may be looking for, but it will be easier said than done.