Each player on an NFL roster is important. Coordinators, assistant coaches, trainers — they also play a critical role in the team’s success.
There is no question, however, that an NFL team is almost always only as good as their owner, general manager, head coach and quarterback are.
That is great news for the Eagles.
While no owner, general manager, head coach or quarterback is perfect, there are not many teams in the NFL that have a better foursome than the Eagles’ group of Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. The group is young, accomplished, experienced and talented. While Wentz didn’t play in the Super Bowl, the four showed in 2017 that when they are at their best, they can dominate the league.
But are they the best in the league?
Here is a look at some of the few teams that are at least in the discussion of having a better owner, general manager, head coach and quarterback combo than the Eagles:
Right now in the NFL it is hard to pick against any group, team or duo that includes Mahomes. He is that good and that far ahead of the rest of the quarterbacks in this league. Reid and Veach are also among the best at their job right now.
With Wilson at the helm, Carroll on the sidelines and Schneider putting together the roster, the Seahawks have won 10-plus games in seven of the last eight seasons, while also collecting nine playoff wins and one Super Bowl ring. It is hard to argue against that level of sustained success.
The 49ers seemed primed to be among the best in the NFL for years to come behind the coaching of Shanahan and the aggressive maneuvering of Lynch. Garoppolo is a very underrated quarterback, but at this point there is no question he is the weak link in this group.
Like the Seahawks, the Saints’ sustained level of success has to be recognized. A poor showing in the playoffs in each last three seasons, however, has to factor into to grading this group.
It is hard to ignore what the Ravens have built, despite the playoff upset at the hands of the Tennessee Titans last season. The question going forward is if the Ravens’ style of play on offense can produce long-term success, and if Jackson can keep up his dynamic style of play.