1. We saw this same formula last year with Jason Peters and Andre Dillard.
As critical as most of us have been towards the Philadelphia Eagles, we can at least say this. There’s a plan in place. That’s the good news. The bad news is the plan just doesn’t seem to be working. Let’s rewind the tape a little here.
Think back to the days when Philly had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor patrolling the secondary. Though we all knew that 2003 was their final season in Eagles green, the transition to Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown was a smooth one because Steve Spagnuolo, the defensive backs/secondary coach at the time and then-assistant defensive backs coach Sean McDermott got the young guys ready.
Sheppard and Brown stepped right in and produced when their time came.
fast forward, and we see Philly attempting to use the same formula now. Just look at how Jason Peters taking Andre Dillard under his wing in 2019. Now, even though Philly’s former first-rounder learned from the future Hall-of-Famer, the jury is still out on what Dillard may become, but that isn’t Peters’ fault. All you can do is impart the wisdom.
Fast forward to the present, and something is painfully obvious. The developmental approach the “Birds” took with Brown and Sheppard isn’t working with the newer guys the Eagles have added as of late. Are you wondering why Philly keeps re-signing Vinny Curry, and Darren Sproles, and why we’re still talking about bringing Jason Peters back? It’s simple.
These Eagles draftees aren’t working out. We’ll see how these new receivers progress, but much like Jerry Krause telling Phil Jackson that 1998 would be when his coaching career ended with the Chicago Bulls (even if he went 82-0), the feeling in Philly is DeSean Jackson could haul in 100 yards for over 1,500 yards and ten touchdowns, and this would still be his final season.