On Monday, I took a look at the Eagles' personnel and examined whether this team is built to win now.
In part two, the focus shifts to the coaching staff and offseason moves.
This section, of course, begins with Andy Reid. He's been running the show for 12 seasons, and you know the numbers by now. Nine playoff berths, seven NFC East titles, five NFC championship appearances, one Super Bowl berth and zero Lombardi Trophies.
Reid's current contract runs through 2013. He was 41 when he coached his first season here in 1999. And he'll be 55 by the time this contract is up.
If Reid and the Eagles fail to win a Super Bowl in the next three seasons, it'll have been a 15-year marriage.
It's difficult to know what would happen if that scenario plays out. Under normal circumstances, you'd think it would be a natural time for the two sides to go their separate ways. Much of the talk this week has been about whether the Eagles would want Reid back. But the other side is worth examining also. Maybe Reid would want to take a year off and then take another shot with another team in another city.
Then again, maybe the Eagles win a few playoff games in the next couple of seasons, and he decides to stay the course. It's not inconceivable that the Eagles would give Reid another contract even without a Super Bowl.
There's more to examine here than just Reid though. The Eagles completely overhauled their coaching staff this offseason. They will go into next season with 11 coaches that are either new or have different titles from 2010. Four of them were not with the organization a year ago.
The biggest moves were Juan Castillo, Jim Washburn and Howard Mudd. Others have made the point that promoting Castillo signals that Reid feels very secure in his position, and I'd agree with that.
You could make the argument that if the Eagles are really trying to win now, perhaps they should have hired someone who had been a defensive coordinator before. It would seem reasonable to assume that Castillo might take a year or two to learn on the job.
But I don't think that's how Reid sees it. Remember what he said when the Eagles introduced Castillo?
"With the CBA, the terminology will really remain the same to answer your question," Reid said. "Juan knows the terminology as well or better than anybody that we've used here. It's not that we have to change that as we make this change."
Many of the other candidates that were available were better-versed in 3-4 schemes, but the Eagles made it clear they were not interested in introducing a brand-new system. A system that might take a couple seasons for the players to learn. So while the Castillo promotion might not appear like a win-now move to you and me, I really believe Reid looked at it as his best option to do just that.
Meanwhile, Washburn and Mudd appear to be in the final stages of their careers. Washburn is 61, and Mudd is 69. Check out what Mudd told The Sporting News last year after he retired from the Colts:
"At some point, you just know. Some of it has to do with physical things. You're more fatigued, and things like that. The part that makes it difficult is the feeling you have after victories. I've been saying this for three or four years: How am I going to replace that? Victories are really, really hard to get, and we've had a lot of them."
Reid has explained that he wasn't willing to move Castillo unless he could find an adequate replacement to coach the offensive line. He got that in Mudd, but it's impossible to know how long Mudd will want to stick around.
Looking at the coaching staff overall, it seems clear that Reid was looking at the immediate future. He knows he has a talented core on offensive players and is likely convinced that this team has a chance to make a Super Bowl run in the next two-to-three seasons before his contract is up.
More than any other area I've discussed, this is probably the one that will tell us the most about the direction the Eagles are headed in.
Joe Banner has hinted recently that the Eagles are prepared to make a splash in free agency, when/if the opportunity arises. And I believe him. The Birds need playmakers on defense - at linebacker, in the secondary and on the defensive line.