Day: March 1, 2019

  • Howie Roseman keeps the Super Bowl hero The Eagles drafted Brandon Graham in 2010, 13th overall out of Michigan. Looking back, some weren’t too thrilled with the selection. As the draft continued, the Seahawks selected Earl Thomas with the 14th pick, and the Patriots took Gronk in the second round. However, BG was always consistent in his play for the Birds. He played only 16 games total in his first two years as an Eagle recording a total of 17 total tackles and three sacks. He will always be remembered as the Super Bowl hero, for his strip sack of Tom Brady. Howie Roseman somehow worked his magic to keep our Pro-Bowl defensive end. Brandon Graham’s stats since 2012 Since 2012, the Super Bowl hero has only missed one game. He recorded a total of 39.5 sacks (season high in 2017 of 9.5), 300 combined tackles, seven passes deflected, and 15 regular season forced fumbles. Not a bad career thus far. However, when Chip Kelly gave him the 4-year $26M extension in 2015, fans weren’t totally sold. Up until that point, he hadn’t really delivered in a big way for a first round pick. Apparently, his best was yet to come. How we ended up keeping BG to this point When Kelly was tossed, and Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz came in, the Eagles went back to a 4-3 defense instead of the Kelly system’s 3-4. In this system, Graham thrives coming off the edge, constantly putting pressure on the quarterback. Whether it shows up in the stats or not, BG is always in the backfield putting pressure on opposing offenses. He had his best season in 2017 at 29 years old. He recorded 9.5 regular season sacks, and perhaps the most important one of his career in the playoffs....