With only a few days left before Super Bowl 50, ESPN's Mike Sando went back and reviewed his offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams. The Eagles originally earned a "B" grade. Most voters on Bleeding Green Nation agreed with that rating back in May:
But now that we've seen how the 2015 Eagles season played out, it's safe to say that mark was way too high. ESPN In$ider revised their offseason grade for the Eagles to the lowest of any NFL team. Yikes.
Offseason grade: B
The moves Chip Kelly made in his lone season with full control over personnel are threatening to set the organization back for some time, especially because he's no longer around to advocate for the players he added last offseason. DeMarco Murray, Sam Bradford and Byron Maxwell fell short of collective expectations to a degree that seemed almost unimaginable. First-round pick Nelson Agholor didn't contribute much, while linebacker Kiko Alonso was hampered by injuries again after Kelly suggested there would be no heightened risk. Meanwhile, receiver Jeremy Maclin left the roster and quickly became a highly valued producer for Kansas City.
These mistakes obviously contributed to Kelly getting fired. He wanted complete control and Jeffrey Lurie held him accountable for his poor decisions.
Now that Kelly is gone, it's up to Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson to fix the mess Kelly created. Some of these moves can't be undone just yet. The Eagles are likely stuck with Murray for at least one more season, for example. The second round pick Kelly traded for Bradford isn't coming back.
The Eagles really need a strong offseason to get back on track. It's hard to imagine that this offseason could be as bad as last year, but then again the group of Roseman, Pederson, and Tom Donahoe isn't overly inspiring.