How Loyalty is Preventing Progress

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This week has been infuriating as the Eagles began planning for the despised Dallas Cowboys this week. One thing became crystal clear: the Eagles can't move on from past success. Rafiki from the Lion King said it best when asked about the importance of previous events:

The NFL is an insanely fast moving league and the organizations that have the most success are the ones that adapt and change with the times. Chip Kelly was a flash in the pan with success with his "innovative" offense but then NEVER changed a single thing and kept relying on his old players (The Oregon Eagles by the time he was done). He was laughed out of the league. The same was true for Steve Spurrier and his high powered offense. If you don't change with the time, you remain stuck in the mud. That is what is happening to the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles. Yes they will most likely win the division. But at what cost of future development? Here are a few examples of where the Eagles are not planning for a dynasty.


Starting Jason Peters over Jordan Mailata:

Jason Peters is going to go into the Hall of Fame one day as one of the best Left Tackles to ever play the game. He's been selected to 9 Pro Bowls in his 17 seasons. Jordan Mailata, after sitting on the sidelines for 3 seasons has become a solid addition to the offensive line. On paper, it makes sense that Peters starts at LT tonight. Except, he can't stay healthy and many years over his Eagles tenure ends the season on IR. Mailata is an athletic anomaly. The offensive line is a position that gets stronger the more reps a team has TOGETHER. Our line is never healthy but they were starting to get some continuity in the most important position: blind side tackle. Peters was signed this season to play RG. That is a position that is available this weekend. COMMON SENSE: Play Peters at Guard (less strenuous on the body so he stays healthy) and leave Mailata at Left Tackle. Keep developing for the future instead of playing into the elder's ego.


On the betting side, Peters will get hurt tonight and Mailata will go in at some point in the game. It will just be without a 10 days of first team reps.


Giving Alshon Jeffery a Roster Spot for the Last 8 Weeks: