On February 7, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles held the first championship parade in franchise history. On this day, head coach Doug Pederson made a statement addressed to both the players and fans of the franchise…
“Just like Mr. Lurie said we are not done yet, we have more to go, more to prove. This is our new norm!”

While surely Pederson would love to be playing in February yearly, his three consecutive playoff appearances is something the team hasn’t done about a decade. Pederson bought stability and consistency back to Philadelphia, which the franchise has lacked since the end of the Andy Reid era.

With 42 wins including the playoffs, three playoff appearances, two divisional titles, one Super Bowl, and never finishing with a record worse than 7-9 which happened in a year where he was a rookie coach, with a rookie quarterback, and a limited supply of weapons.

The trio of Jeffery Lurie, Howie Roseman, and Doug Pederson are en route to joining the better personnel groupings in the league, becoming a model of consistency in just four seasons. Now heading into arguably the biggest offseason of their tenure together, they must figure out how to build on their success.

Thus I present to you, the “Greenprint”, a list of the goals the Philadelphia Eagles should aim to accomplish in order to continued trending in the right direction.

Get Doug a “Right Hand Man”

Many have felt since the departure of Frank Reich, the Eagles offense has taken a significant step back. While it is Pederson who calls the plays and is mostly in charge of all the preparation it takes to put together a game plan, it’s never a bad thing to have a fallback option should the team need so. There is much speculation of names like Jim Caldwell, Duce Staley or even Press Taylor being offered the open offensive coordinator position, whoever it is certainly could benefit both Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz.

& Carson a best friend

While Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are both under contract heading into the upcoming season, it is hard to envision a scenario where both return. Jeffery, who is in his own situation, not only having a $18.5M cap hit but suffering from an injury with an unknown timetable for a return will probably be tougher to move on from. With the free agency class at receiver looking particularly thin, expect the Eagles to look into investing at the receiver position during a loaded 2020 draft class.

Call the Reinforcements

Receiver isn’t the only need the Eagles have heading into the off-season. The team has questions at linebacker and most notably in the secondary with all four starters scheduled to become free agents. Lucky for Philadelphia, the Eagles head into the off-season with $46.9M in cap space, that leaves more than enough room for Howie Roseman to find a significant piece or two, to play a major role in the team going forward. This also gives the team the option to resign key pieces such as a Malcolm Jenkins.

Room for Two?

While this is something no one wants to discuss, based on recent history it’s something that must be addressed. For the second time in his young career quarterback, Carson Wentz played a full 16 game season. However, due to an inexplicable hit from Jadeveon Clowney, Wentz was forced to miss most of the playoff game against the Seahawks. While it is great that Wentz finished the season as you can see the backup quarterback is still a necessity for the Eagles.

With Josh McCown almost certainly heading to retirement and the team having uncertainties about Nate Sudfield, the team must invest heavily and wisely into selecting Wentz’s next backup.

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