For all the talk about being the best roster in the league, being NFC Championship frontrunners and even having the MVP on the team, the first half of the 2019 season has been an absolute disaster for Philadelphia.

The Eagles are under .500 at 3-4 and got there by about the worst way possible: a primetime shellacking by the hands of a division rival after a guaranteed win by the head coach. This squad, from top to bottom, doesn’t look nearly ready to compete, and it’s not all about the secondary.

Since the start of the season, there has been a lot of talk about the Eagles potentially being big players at the trade deadline. However, the expectations were that the team would be firing on all cylinders and would be on the market for impact players that could get them over the hump and bring home the second Super Bowl ring in three years.

That couldn’t possibly be farther from where the team stands as of right now, though, so it’s only fair to wonder whether it’s best to just throw away the season and gather assets for next year.

Philadelphia has a lot of good players that actual contenders would pay a premium to have. But several factors have to be taken into account for this exercise…

1) Pride

Is the team brass willing to admit failure? Selling at the deadline means the team did very poorly on the self-scouting department and, for a squad with such lofty expectations coming into the season, it usually means heads will roll in the coaching staff.

2) Belief

What if things aren’t that bad? Maybe the front office believes this team still is one or two pieces away from truly contending and feels like the situation is still salvageable. In that case, buying is the way to go.

3) Draft Prowess

Howie Roseman is one of the best roster builders in the NFL as far as free agency and cap management go, but his drafting has been below average so far. Is it worth sending out established players for draft capital that the team hasn’t been able to use correctly?

4) Who to Trade

In case the decision to sell is made, who to deal is yet another tough call. Philadelphia has a very emotional fanbase, and the players who perform (thus the ones who would draw interest from other teams) are held in very high regard. Would it be possible to trade away a guy like Zach Ertz without greatly upsetting the fans? Probably not.

Overall, the next seven days promise to be very interesting, at least off the field. It’s still unlikely that the Eagles actually become sellers at the deadline, but there is a very compelling case for why they should.

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