This team CAN put four full quarters of quality football together.
Every NFL game will have ebbs and flows. We know... We know... You want the Eagles to beat everyone by 21 points. The facts, however, state that isn't going to happen very often.
Here's a reasonable request though. We'd rather not see the Birds get in their own way. They have done that from time to time, leading to questions about consistency. We introduce Week 9's game versus the Cowboys as exhibit A.
They play well immediately after playing poorly. They can put up 14 points in a quarter and go scoreless during the next. We've seen mediocrity at times and excellence at others, but if this squad can ever extrapolate the latter over all four quarters, they may never lose again. We'll see what happens as we move forward.
The rookies are continuing their ascent which means the coaching staff is getting the job done.
Jalen Carter's first nine games as a professional are in his rearview mirror, and he's one of pro football's highest-graded rookies according to Pro Football Focus. He's also their choice at the midseason to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. Don't take our word for it. Take a look for yourselves.
We've seen flashes from most the rest of the Eagles draftees on defense and on special teams. We'd just like to see more.
A strong close to the campaign would raise their confidence and our faith in them. It will also give us a good idea about how effective this coaching staff has been at developing everyone.