Eagles rebuild for playoff push next year

It has been a difficult three years for the Philadelphia Eagles due to the reorganization of the coaching staff and the many roster changes. The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Doug Pederson to be the 23rd head coach in franchise history.

The Eagles have made many roster moves this offseason. They were able to trade players like Demarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso, which allowed them to sign key free agents to help in the secondary and on the offensive line.

Doug Pederson answers questions after he was introduced as the Philadelphia Eagles' new head coach during an NFL football news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Philadelphia. Pederson, a former Eagles quarterback, was Kansas City's offensive coordinator under Andy Reid the past three seasons. He inherits a team that went 7-9 under fired coach Chip Kelly. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Eagles are hoping to have found a gem in coach Doug Pederson. Pederson was hired from Andy Reid’s coaching staff in Kansas City. He was a former backup quarterback for the Eagles during the 1999 season. He later became the Quarterback coach on Andy Reid’s staff.

“He knows what it is like to play in Philadelphia and to coach here; he was probably the safest pick out there,” said Ridley senior Hunter Gannon.

The trade of Demarco Murray after just one disappointing season was a move that satisfied both parties. Murray grew dissatisfied with his role and Eagles management was able to move his large contract. “It wasn’t working out as it was expected, and with getting rid of Chip Kelly there was no need to keep him,” said Ridley Senior Jason Hannigan. During the season, Murray failed to gain at least 10 yards in three games after being the leading rusher in the NFL in 2014. “They were able to save money and go on to a rebuilding path. There are some good running backs in the draft that the Eagles could build on such as Ezekiel Elliott,” said Ridley Senior Hunter Gannon.

The Eagles immediately explored the free agent market and signed a plethora of players. They welcomed offensive lineman Brandon Brooks from the Houston Texans to help bolster the depth of last season’s line. “ There is no doubt he had to beef up offensive line to be a good team,” said Accounting teacher Mr. Paul Louth.

The Eagles brought in safety Rodney McLeod and cornerbacks Ron Brooks and Leodis McKelvin to add much needed experience to a porous secondary. “These are very safe signings and we didn’t overpay like we have in the past,” said die hard fan Hunter Gannon

The Eagles have the 8th pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The question is, do they draft for need or for best players available? If they draft for need they have to lean towards offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley or Jack Conklin. If the answer is best player available, they could draft a top quarterback, cornerback, or wide receiver. Whichever the decision, the importance of being correct will mold their immediate future.

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