Which Philadelphia Eagles guard had best statistical grade this decade?
The Philadelphia Eagles have had some great offensive linemen over the course of this past decade, but one’s play was otherworldly.
There’s good, great, and then, there’s historically great. Over the course of the past decade, the Philadelphia Eagles have had some spectacular play from quite a few offensive linemen, so if we said ‘great on a historical level’, there could literally be a handful of guys that we’re referencing. From a guard’s perspective, there have been some ‘beasts’ over the course of the past decade, but according to Pro Football Focus, one stands head and shoulders above the others.
His name is Evan Mathis, and from 2010 until 2019, there isn’t another man on the planet that can say he earned PFF’s highest ranking for an offensive guard.
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Mathis earned an overall grade of 96.5, edging out Marshal Yanda of the Baltimore Ravens (92.7) and Zack Martin of those annoying Dallas Cowboys (92.0).
Mathis signed a one-year contract on July 31st of 2011 and immediately won a starting job after the preseason. He signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract extension on March 17th, but like DeSean Jackson, Nick Foles, and LeSean McCoy, he’d eventually become a casualty of the Chip Kelly regime.
It was like Kelly was a spy sent to the Eagles to destroy them from the inside.
Mathis was a two-time Pro Bowl nod (2013, 2014) in Philly before he spent a single season with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals (he won Super Bowl 50 in Denver). He announced his retirement on January 20th of 2017. He’s one of the best to do it in Philly. The eyeball test proves it, and apparently, so does the stats.