Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions: Lessons learned from Week 8’s win

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Here are two final thoughts about the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense in Week 8.

2. Fletcher Cox may very well be washed up.

Fletcher Cox expressed his frustration about how he was utilized. Gannon listened, and in the end, playing 27 snaps only allowed Cox to register one tackle and a quarterback hit. Sweat isn’t washed up, but Cox might be.

By the way, how poetic is it that he made, perhaps his best play in defending a screen pass?

3. Let the young guys develop.

Everyone always acknowledges that quarterbacks need time to develop. For whatever reason, however, everyone lacks the same patience for the other positions on the field.

The Philadelphia Eagles have some young players that can be very good. Milton Williams, Tarron Jackson, Davion Taylor, and Avonte Maddox are just a few of the guys that qualify. You can even throw T.J. Edwards in that category.

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At some point, the Birds have to coach up the guys that they have though. We’ve learned that mismanaging young players, dismissing them as guys that ‘suck’, and trying to mask roster issues by breaking the bank on free agents hasn’t worked out at all.