Philadelphia Eagles have seven of PFF’s Top 101 players in NFL
Seven Philadelphia Eagles found their way on to Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 players in the NFL list.
Yes, you’ve read everything correctly. Those Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are the best in the world for a reason. Going into football’s biggest game, some echoed the same sentiment that we at Inside The Iggles said a time or two beforehand. The New England Patriots had the best coach and quarterback of all time, but you could argue that the Eagles were better everywhere else.
Looking back, that may be impossible to prove, but one thing is certain. A recent story by Pro Football Focus helps add some credence to the argument. Four days after Super Bowl LII, they released their ‘Top 101 players from the 2017 season’, and the Eagles led the way with seven of their own making the list. The Kansas City Chiefs ranked second with six. A seven-team tie followed, one that included, you guessed it, the New England Patriots.
Take a look.
Congrats are in order.
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The highest-ranking member of the Eagles was defensive tackle Fletcher Cox at number 19. He was joined in the top half of the list by center Jason Kelce (25), Brandon Graham (27), and cornerback Patrick Robinson (45). Following that, you have guard Brandon Brooks at 53, quarterback Carson Wentz at 81, and Lane Johnson at 85.
Sure, we could argue all day about Brooks, Wentz and Johnson being higher. We could also ask why the reigning Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles, who dismantled two above-average defenses in the Patriots and Minnesota Vikings en route to the Eagles first Super Bowl win, isn’t on the list at all.
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For now, however, we’ll let such debates ride and just take this time to salute the seven guys whose names are on the list. Yes, it was a great ride for the Eagles and their fans in 2017. We all patiently wait to see what happens when ‘The Birds’ take the field in 2018.