Now teamed with Joe Douglas, will Howie Roseman finally get it right?

Now teamed with Joe Douglas, will Howie Roseman finally get it right?

It was always about what Howie wanted. It was always about doing it Howie's way with no room for compromise. It was always about Howie and nobody else.

It didn't work.

And Howie Roseman knew that if he was going to continue in his dream job running the Eagles' personnel department, things had to change.

And they have changed.

Roseman is now in his second year as the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations after five years as general manager and one year in exile while Chip Kelly called the shots.

He's working with Joe Douglas these days, and Roseman sounds genuinely humbled when he talks about compromise and collaboration -- two things he was admittedly terrible at in his first go-round running the show.

"I was a young guy who had a lot of responsibility, and sometimes when you do that, you want to take more on your plate, and you want to feel like, 'I gotta make these decisions because this is the role,' but it's all about collaborating and getting people's point of view and then trying to make the best decision for the team," Roseman said Thursday.

"It's not, 'I want to draft this guy so this is what we're doing, I don't care what these seven people have to say.'"

Overall, the Eagles have not drafted well since Roseman became GM. It's no coincidence they haven't won a playoff game since Roseman became GM.

Something had to change, and Roseman realized during his year in exile that if he didn't change his ways if he got another chance, he'd be out of a job.

"I think you get that perspective when you take a step back and you sit there and say, 'What could I have done better?'" Roseman said. "I understand that this game is not always fair on and off the field, but if you try to do the right things and treat people the right way good things will happen. 

"And that year off was the best thing that ever happened to me personally and professionally. (It gave me a) unique perspective, and I think really helped in terms of what I want to do for the next 10 years and being around really good people."

The Eagles hired Douglas as vice president of player personnel after last year's draft, and for the first time since his early days with Joe Banner, Roseman seems to have a working relationship with someone he likes and respects.

The Eagles believe that can only lead to better drafting. And eventually, a long-awaited return to the NFC elite.

"Part of bringing him in here is trying to change what we've done and trying to get better," Roseman said. "We have tremendous trust in Joe and his ability to put that together. I think it's been a really fun process. It's kind of rejuvenated a lot of guys, including myself, who've been here for a while to learn something new and be part of that and go and ask him questions. 

"You know, 'Hey, this is how I see this player, where would you put him?' To have someone here who makes sure that we're doing the right thing and we're sticking to our board and we're taking everything else out of the equation. We've got a really good process in place.”

This will be Douglas' first time running a draft board, but he does bring a stellar resume to the Eagles.

Douglas, a four-year starter at offensive tackle for Richmond in the 1990s, spent 16 years with the Ravens and last year with the Bears before joining the Eagles.

But the Eagles have had good people in the front office in the past. They just never got along with Roseman.

Maybe this is no different. But it really does seem different.

"We bring different things but through this whole process, the communication has been unbelievable," Douglas said. "I respect (Roseman) immensely as far as the juice, the energy, the passion, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who’s right, it just matters that we're right. 

"Nothing's more important than the team and those players and having the right environment, the right atmosphere for those guys, and I think we can both step back and say, 'OK, what's best for the Philadelphia Eagles? What's best for that group of guys? What's best for that locker room?' And I think that's been a unique thing."

Roseman has outlasted so many personnel executives here it's hard to keep track of them all.

Tom Gamble. Ed Marynowitz. Jason Licht. Lou Riddick. Even Joe Banner and Andy Reid, who guided the Eagles to their winningest stretch in the last 50 years, lost power struggles with Roseman.

So who knows what's next. But so far, so good.

Roseman speaks about Douglas in a way he's never spoken about anyone he's worked with here.

"For me personally, being able to learn about his experiences, what he's been through, the success he's had, (is important)," Roseman said.

"I mean, he's won two world championships, he's been part of that. We've been to five (NFC) Championship Games and we haven't won a world championship. So it's about the team. 

"Really, since day one that's what he's talked about, and it's a necessity to do that, and so we put egos aside. 

"I will tell you since he's been here have we done everything that I wanted to do? No. Have we done everything that he wants to do? No. But have we done everything that's right for the Philadelphia Eagles? Yes. 

"And some of that is humbling, you know, when you have to admit mistakes. Well ... on my end, really. But we want to do whatever it takes to bring a winning product to the city, and we feel like we have a lot of responsibility to the people who work in the building, on and off the field, to our fans, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to do that over the long term and building a team that everyone's proud of."

Eagles 2017 schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

Eagles 2017 schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

The Eagles' 2017 schedule is out. With that, let's dive into a full breakdown of each matchup, including a two-week West Coast trip and multiple primetime starts.

Week 1
Eagles at Redskins
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10

The Eagles have lost their last three games in Washington going back to a 33-27 win in 2013 and will be trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak ever in Landover, Maryland, and first at Washington since 1981 through 1984 at RFK Stadium. Before the current three-game losing streak, the Eagles won 11 of their previous 14 games at Washington. The Eagles also opened in Washington in 1986 and 1987 (losses) as well as 1996 and 2013 (wins). The Redskins lead the overall series 86-74-6 and have won the last five meetings overall. A win would give the Redskins a six-game winning streak over the Eagles, which would be their longest since a six-game streak from 1981 through 1984 and match the longest since a seven-game streak from 1971 through 1974.

Week 2
Eagles at Chiefs
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17
Arrowhead Stadium

The Eagles travel to Kansas City for the first time in 12 years. The Chiefs are 23-9 at home since Andy Reid took over in 2013. Last time the Eagles played at Arrowhead, they came back from a 24-6 second-quarter deficit to win, 37-31. T.O. had 171 receiving yards in that game, and Todd France kicked three field goals with David Akers injured. The Eagles are 4-3 all-time vs. the Chiefs and 3-1 in K.C.

Week 3
Giants at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles look for their fourth straight home win over the Giants, something they haven't done since a five-game home winning streak from 1976 through 1980. The Eagles have won three straight at the Linc over their division rivals by an average of 17 points. Overall, the Eagles are 45-38-1 at home against the Giants and 9-6 at the Linc. Overall, the Eagles have won five of the last six meetings with the Giants, and they're 14-4 in the last 18 matchups.

Week 4
Eagles at Chargers
4:05 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1
StubHub Center

The Eagles make their first visit to Carson, California, to face the Chargers in their temporary home at the StubHub Center. The Eagles are 4-7 all-time vs. the Chargers and 1-5 on the road, with the only win coming in San Diego in 1974 when they picked off Dan Fouts four times, two of them by Bill Bergey. Their last visit was a 31-23 loss in 2009 despite a career-high 156 yards by Jason Avant.

Week 5
Cardinals at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8
Lincoln Financial Field

This will be the eighth meeting in the last 10 years for the former division rivals. The Eagles are 55-59-5 all-time vs. the Cards, 28-28-3 in Philadelphia and 2-2 at the Linc. The Cards have won five of the last six meetings, a run that started with the 2008 NFC championship game. The Eagles' only win since the 2008 regular season was a 24-21 decision at the Linc in 2013, when Nick Foles threw three touchdowns.

Week 6
Eagles at Panthers
8:25 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12
Bank of America Stadium

The Eagles travel to Charlotte for the second time in three years and the fifth time in franchise history. The Eagles are 6-4 overall against the Panthers and 2-2 on the road, including wins in 2003 and 2009 and losses in 1999 and 2015. In the Eagles' most recent win against the Panthers, in 2009, they intercepted Jake Delhomme and Matt Moore five times -- Sheldon Brown had two of them -- and scored a franchise-record 28 second-quarter points on the way to a 38-10 win.

Week 7
Redskins at Eagles
8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles try to avoid a third straight home loss to the Redskins, something they haven't suffered since a seven-game home losing streak to the 'Skins from 1968 through 1974. The Redskins lead the all-time series in Philadelphia 42-38-3, and the series at the Linc is tied at 7-7. The Eagles' last win over Washington at the Linc came in 2014 by a 37-34 score on three Foles touchdown passes and 154 receiving yards by Jeremy Maclin. 

Week 8
49ers at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29
Lincoln Financial Field

In the Two Teams Trying to Recover from Chip Kelly Bowl, the Eagles try to avoid a third straight loss to the 49ers, who won at the Linc in 2011 and at Levi's Stadium in 2014. Overall, the Eagles are 12-19-1 against the 49ers and just 4-10-1 at home. Their last win came in 2010 in San Francisco and their last home win was in 2009 at the Linc.

Week 9
Broncos at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles haven't lost at home to the Broncos since 1986, when John Elway topped Ron Jaworski, 33-7. The Eagles are 5-1 all-time at home vs. the Broncos, including three straight wins. The Broncos won the last meeting, 52-20, in Denver in 2013, and the Eagles won the last meeting in Philly, 30-27, back in 2009, with Donovan McNabb beating Kyle Orton.

Week 10
-- Bye --

Week 11
Eagles at Cowboys
8:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19
AT&T Stadium

The Eagles make their 61st trip to North Texas to face the Cowboys and take a 23-37 record into Arlington, Texas, although they're 5-4 at AT&T Stadium. The last two Eagles-Cowboys games in Dallas went to overtime, with the Eagles winning on the first possession of OT in 2015 and the Cowboys winning on the first possession of OT last year. They are the only overtime games the Eagles and Cowboys have ever played in Dallas.

Week 12
Bears at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles are 13-30-1 all-time vs. the Bears but 9-5 since 1994 after starting out by winning only four of the first 30 meetings. The Eagles are 7-13-1 in Philly against the Bears and 1-2 at the Linc. The Eagles beat the Bears, 29-14, last September during their 3-0 start. The last meeting in Philly was in 2013, when LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown both surpassed 100 rushing yards, Foles threw two TD passes and the Eagles won, 54-11 -- the fifth-most points in franchise history.

Week 13
Eagles at Seahawks
8:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3
CenturyLink Field

The Eagles play at CenturyLink Field for the second straight year and try to end a three-game overall losing streak to the Seahawks. The Eagles haven't beaten the Seahawks since a 26-7 win at Qwest Field (now CenturyLink) in 2008. They're 5-4 in Seattle but 1-5 in their last six overall meetings. Four of the last six seasons the Eagles beat the Seahawks, they went on to the NFC championship game (1980, 2001, 2002, 2008).

Week 14
Eagles at Rams
4:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10
L.A. Coliseum

The Eagles will face the Rams in Los Angeles for the first time since 1990, when they won, 27-21, as Randall Cunningham outdueled Jim Everett and Anthony Toney had the second and final 100-yard rushing game of his career. The Eagles are 20-19-1 all-time vs. the Rams and 5-11-1 on the road, although they've won the last two road meetings -- in St. Louis in 2005 and 2011. Overall, the Eagles have won four straight over the Rams and 12 of the last 17.

Week 15
Eagles at Giants
1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17
MetLife Stadium

The Eagles play at the Giants for the 85th consecutive year and try to improve on a 37-48-1 all-time record in New York and East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles have won eight of the last 10 in East Rutherford, although they did lose, 28-23, last November. Since 2008, the Giants have won as many Super Bowls as home games against the Eagles (two).

Week 16
Raiders at Eagles
8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25
Lincoln Financial Field

The Raiders' Christmas night visit to Philly is their first since 2005, when McNabb threw TDs to Brian Westbrook and Owens. Westbrook finished with 140 receiving yards, the second most of his career. The Eagles are 6-6 all-time vs. the Raiders and 4-2 at home. Their last meeting was in 2013, when Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a game played in Oakland. The Eagles' only previous game on Christmas Day was a 23-7 win over the Cowboys in 2006, so this will be the first NFL Christmas Day game ever played in Philadelphia.

Week 17
Cowboys at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles ended a four-game home losing streak to the Cowboys on the final day of last season, beating a cast of Cowboys backups, 27-13, at the Linc. Overall, the Eagles and Cowboys are tied, 28-28, in games played in Philadelphia, although the Cowboys have an 8-6 edge at the Linc. The Eagles' last win over the Cowboys at home in a game that meant something came in 2011 by a 34-7 score on TD passes by Michael Vick to Brent Celek and Maclin. This will be the second straight year and sixth time in the last 10 years the Eagles will finish the regular season against the Cowboys.

Forget the rebuild, at least Carson Wentz wants Eagles to win now

Forget the rebuild, at least Carson Wentz wants Eagles to win now

At least somebody in the Eagles' organization wants to win football games now.

Owner Jeff Lurie? He thinks Eagles fans -- who haven't experienced a playoff win since 2008, nine years ago -- should be patient.

"We're in the mode where we're not one player away," he said at the owners meetings last month. "As an owner, I have to be really patient."

He added, "We have to draft really well over the next few years to accomplish what we want to accomplish early in Carson (Wentz's) career."

The next few years.

Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman was a little more vague -- Howie is always vague -- but he too spoke about the long term and building for the future as opposed to winning now.

"We want to make good decisions, we want to minimize our risk and go forward and have something to build upon," he said at the combine.

Lurie and Roseman have both spent the last few months preaching patience. Claiming that the Eagles are several years away from contending for a championship. Essentially trying to buy more time from fans who haven't experienced a postseason victory since Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins played here.

We all know there are no five-year plans in the NFL anymore. If you make the right moves, you can go from 4-12 to 13-3 … like the Cowboys did last year. You can go from 4-12 to 10-6 … like the Eagles did in 2013.

In 16 of the last 18 years, at least one division winner was a team that finished last the year before.

As Lurie himself once said, "The NFL is a league of non-linear progression."

If you have an elite quarterback, you are immediately a contender, and Lurie should know that after watching the Eagles transform from a 5-11 team in 1999 to an 11-5 team that went two rounds deep in the playoffs in 2000.

Patience is a bunch of nonsense, and it was refreshing Monday to hear Carson Wentz take a completely different approach when talking about 2017.

"I have always held myself to high expectations and last year at the end of the day we finished 7-9 and that's not good enough," Wentz said.

"That's never going to be good enough for me or anybody in this building. So I fully expect us to all make strides and hopefully be playing into January."

The Eagles have missed the playoffs three years in a row for the first time since 1997 through 1999. If they fall short in 2017, it will be their first four-year absence from the postseason since 1982 through 1987.

That's 30 years ago.

This is unacceptable.

By preaching patience and talking about their long-range plan, Lurie and Roseman are creating a franchise-wide philosophy that losing -- that failing to reach the playoffs and win in the playoffs -- is acceptable.

They may be doing it unconsciously, but they're doing it.

Thankfully, the quarterback -- the one guy whose voice carries the most weight in the locker room and throughout the NovaCare Complex -- is setting the bar far higher.

And he is dead right when he says there is absolutely no reason the Eagles shouldn't be a playoff team.


Do they have holes? Yes, they have holes. But every team has holes.

They also have five of the first 139 picks in the draft, which gives them a terrific opportunity to address those holes.

And they have a 24-year-old quarterback who should make a huge jump in Year 2, and anybody who saw the jump Donovan McNabb made in Year 2 -- from a wide-eyed mistake-prone rookie to an experienced Pro Bowl veteran -- knows what that can mean to a team.

When I asked Wentz Monday what he wants to improve on the most in 2017, he said this:

"Just consistency. Just being consistent with accuracy, just everything. Just being more comfortable with that. But I want to win. Like I said, 7-9 is not going to make the cut so that's where we've got to improve."

I like this. Asked about his goals, he just talked about winning.

It's a really encouraging sign that the most important player on the team -- really, the most important player the Eagles have acquired since McNabb 18 years ago -- has set the bar high for himself and his teammates.

Someone around here had to.

What are his expectations for 2017?

"Making the playoffs," he said. "Wining the division and then seeing what happens. The No. 1 goal is obviously winning the East. That's what we have our sights set on.

"We truly believe we have the pieces in place. We've got a lot of work ahead of us here, it's early, it's April still.

"But we truly believe that and we're going to put the work in and get it done."