I don't mean generalities like build through the draft, sign good free agents. I'm asking for opinions on how we should construct the roster with the specific purpose of beating the Eagles, because, assuming they are healthy I think it's clear the road to the Super Bowl will go through them next year, as they did this year.
It is my opinion that, and I stated this yesterday on another thread, that we have to build the depth of the D-Line. I think Dex and Leo are as good as any duo to deal with the iggles interior line, especially if Leo is Healthy, but they need a quality backup. I will again mention Dalvin Tomlinson as an ideal fit. He's a known quantity in the building, which is something Schoen has said he likes, has been durable, is a good teammate, and does everything that Justin Ellis and Ryder Anderson could never dream of doing. He also won't cost a ton given his position and the fact that he's 29.
but the Edges need to improve against the run. I think Sy mentioned the Jihad Ward Role being of particular importance. I would target someone like Chris Wormley in Free Agency, there are some targets that could be available in Round 2-3 (such as Mike Morris of Michigan, Zach Harrison of OSU, and Keioin White of GT). To attack the eagles O-Line, it has to be power rushing, not speed rushing, Hurts is too good at escaping, and we need rush that can force him to throw from in the pocket.
Next position we have to focus on is corner. Sy mentioned that Adoree' looked fine on deep routes, and I'm glad to hear that since I think he's been very solid when healthy. I would like to trade for Jalen Ramsey to start opposite Adoree'. He's young enough, still an elite athlete, and a competitor and the Rams have no reason to keep him. What will he cost, not sure. If not Ramsey via trade, there are some Free Agent corners I would pursue to replace Moreau (Jamel Dean?). They wouldn't be able to shut down Devonta Smith or AJ Brown on their own like Ramsey might be able to, but gives us more flexibility to blitz.
Wide Receiver obviously stands out as a need, but I am not sure we need to spend a lot of our resources (Cash or Picks) on the top tier of available players (unless of course that player stands out on the value side). Hodgins, James and Slayton worked for this offense against a lot of defenses. Of course this thread is about beating the eagles so we would need some players that have more reliable hands than Slayton while also replicating his speed. I know folks are going to hate this suggestion, but I still think OBJ is a good fit for this offense, and then we can pepper in a few mid-round receivers to see if we can build with depth.
The offenses ineffectiveness, like many others, was due to their line play. Sure, the Eagles had 70 sacks this year, but I am going to take Sy's word on how beneficial top OL talent is. That's why I'm going OG in Free Agency AND OC in Draft. My specific targets are Issac Seumalo for LG, and John Michael Schmitz in Round 2 for OC.
That leaves me with the last of our major resources, our round 1 pick, if I'm looking to beat the Eagles, the piece tat carved us up with Miles Sanders, with the read option of Hurts, to deal with. We need a linebacker with speed and elite insticts. I would target LB Trenton Simpson at the end of round 1 (my ideal scenario would be a slight trade down to pick up an extra 3rd) I would also spend some money on a veteran linebacker to help mentor, someone like Lavonte David could work.
Anyway, that's how I would go about attacking the Eagles.
CB-Jalen Ramsey (for 3rd Round, 4th and Conditional 2024 Pick)
DT-Dalvin Tomlinson Free Agency
DL-Chris Wormley - Free Agency
OG-Isaac Seumalo - Free Agency
LB-Trenton Simpson - Draft
LB-Lavonte David, Free Agency
OC-John Michael Schmitz - Draft
WR-Odell Beckham Jr. - Free Agency
Of course, I'm also dishing out contracts to DJ, SB, Julian Love, Dexter, and restructuring Leo. Cutting Golladay obviously too.