The NFL is a copycat league. Every time a new system is invented, a new prototype at a position is refined, or a new mismatch is emphasized, the entire league can’t help but to copy those innovations the very next season. With the Eagles winning the Super Bowl in stunning fashion last year (with a backup quarterback, no less), the rest of the league—Houston included—will surely try to copy Philadelphia’s approach.
That being said, how easy will it actually be to mimic Philly’s success? I wanted to see for myself this week just how replicable the Eagles’ team-building philosophy is, and...well...I’m not so sure that it even is possible to replicate what that front office has built - or at least it is not possible in just one offseason.
Take a look at the Howie Roseman formula for yourself in this week’s episode of “The Film Room.” The Texans certainly have some the pieces necessary to make a serious championship run in 2018, but I think it’s pretty clear that any path to the Super Bowl will be a very, very different one than the Eagles took in 2017.