After a few years of feeling like the Philadelphia Eagles are doing their best to become the NFL’s first retirement home and wondering how this franchise went from being an organization that moved on from guys too early to one that moves on from guys two years too late, the Birds finally seem to have a decent mix of youthful exuberance and veteran talent.
Sure, they’re still aging in some very important areas. Throw out Andre Dillard and Jordan Mailata, two guys that should battle for the starting left tackle position, and their offensive line looks like this. Isaac Seumalo is 27, and the youngest starters other than him are Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson. They’re both 31. Jason Kelce is 33.
Is anyone else starting to see why this team gets itself into trouble with injuries so often? The Birds consistently have a ton of money tied up in the old guys. The problem is old guys get hurt a lot, and they take longer to heal when they do.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ young guys are disrespected recently.
Now, if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, don’t look at any of that as gloom and doom. As mentioned, this team now has a nice mix of veteran talent and talented prospects who are young. The young guys aren’t getting any love though.
In a recent ranking of the top 25 players in the NFL who are under 25 years of age, one that was stacked by Pro Football Focus mainstay Sam Monson Philly was shut out. No Birds appeared on the list. None!
Now, we can argue about whether or not Miles Sanders deserves a spot on the list over other tailbacks like Josh Jacobs or Jonathan Taylor. We can also discuss the potential of Jalen Hurts, but in fairness, the question becomes who should QB1 replace?
Here’s what we can say, and maybe we should just leave things here. Maybe, even though this is trivial, a head coach like Nick Sirianni, one who is obsessed with competition, can use this as some sort of motivational tactic for the Eagles’ young guns. It’s worth a shot, right? If it gives this team an edge, those of us who are watching are all for it.