Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 5/18/12

Yesterday I was asked this question: “What universe are we in?” To which I replied, “Hopefully one in which we win.” It was a simple question brought about by extraordinary circumstances. Those circumstances now lend themselves toward the most anticipated Eagles season since 2005, a year after they lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots and appeared poised to bring home a Super Bowl.

So why did a friend of mine wonder if we had slipped into some other dimension in the space-time continuum? Pretty simple. Because nothing, as it pertains to the Philadelphia Eagles makes sense in this dimension anymore.

The Philadelphia Eagles seem to be re-inventing themselves in almost every way. They are more media and fan friendly. Andy Reid cracks jokes now and stops just short of singing “*** Ba Ya” at his press conferences. They handle their personnel differently as well, suddenly rewarding players who have been loyal, hard-working and committed to the team. You know, the way you’re supposed to do things.

This Eagles incarnation drafts the best player available. They address their needs instead of stubbornly acting as if they don’t have any. They take chances, like dumping a huge contract on Shady McCoy that is well earned, but not necessarily the norm for a running back in the NFL these days.

These Eagles admit mistakes and try to remedy them. They take a bad circumstance such as Jason Peters rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in the offseason and turn it into a signing of a competent replacement like Demetress Bell.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that all is forgiven and forgotten. This team, and by that I mean the front office, has a lot left to prove. All of the rainbows and unicorns of late were a long time coming. It does not undo years of botches and flubs. But it does help to make me hopeful. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks. Maybe fans can help an organization see it’s blunders and help to correct them.

The only need that the Eagles have failed to address this offseason is at the safety position. As I write this, word is coming out that the Eagles are one of two teams left in the running for former Miami Dolphins safety Jeremiah Bell. Bell is a 34 year old, who is an on field leader and an excellent tackler. Not too long ago, the Eagles would not have even looked at a player over 30. Now they appear to be pursuing one. Just further proof of change.

Last year was exciting in the offseason, but it felt gluttonous at times. The focus was not on the team and it’s core, but rather on the external wants, that weren’t always needs. On a lot of levels, I agreed with Asante Samuel’s assessment of the front office playing fantasy football with owner’s money. It may not have been the appropriate thing to say, but that doesn’t negate the truth in the comments.

Last year I was hopeful that the pieces would come together. This year I feel like they actually may. Hope springs eternal.

Only time will tell if this change in the organization is truly something that can be parlayed into a Super Bowl, but for the first time in a very long time, I get the sense that this team is headed in the right direction.

Similar Posts:

  • Eagles, LeSean McCoy Get A Deal Done
  • Eagles Agree to Terms with Tackle Demetress Bell
  • Philadelphia Eagles Odds and Ends – Peters Achilles’, Asante, Reid “Goofed” and Demetrius Bell
  • The Philadelphia Eagles’ Course Correction May Yield Huge Results
  • These Are Not the Same Old Philadelphia Eagles

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Tony Dungy coaches his way into Canton

Top eight takeaways from NFL Honors awards

Report: Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

Brett Favre Hall of Fame discussion took less than 10 seconds

WATCH: Pop wishes Kobe well in heartfelt message

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eric Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Cam Newton to be named NFL MVP

Ezekiel Elliott hung out with Jim Brown

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Terrell Owens says he was not elected to Hall of Fame

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker