Age Does Matter

Posted: November 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The Eagles felt like they had a chance to be a Super Bowl team so back in the offseason they made the decision to add older players. The goal was to add instant impact and to bring in players with a proven track record. The Eagles also brought back older players to give them another shot at winning a title.

This has not gone so well.

DeSean Jackson is on injured reserve.

So is Malik Jackson.

Jason Peters has missed multiple games.

Andrew Sendejo was marginally effective and cut at midseason.

I hope the Eagles learned their lesson. You can mix in an older player here and there, but you don’t want to have too many. It was obvious to anyone and everyone that Sproles should not have been brought back this year. Heck, I didn’t want him in 2018.

Sproles has had an amazing career. He’s done great things for the Eagles and anyone who follows the team will have some fond memories of him. But business is business. Sproles has been hurt the past three years and hasn’t played all that well when healthy.

The Eagles made an emotional decision when they brought him back. That was not a smart decision.

Sproles is done and the Eagles can give his touches to Boston Scott, who has shown real promise this year. I hate that Sproles went out this way, but the writing was on the wall. His body hasn’t held up the past two years. It was time.

Doug Pederson said at his press conference that he wouldn’t change anything in regard to bringing in/keeping older players. I hope that is just Pederson trying to kill a line of questioning and not his true thoughts. Keeping older players that you’re comfortable with isn’t how you build the best roster. That practice has to change.

The Eagles better have learned a hard lesson. It is better to cut ties with a player a year too early than a year too late.

We’ll see what happens in March.

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With Jordan Howard still dealing with a stinger and in danger of missing Sunday’s game, the Eagles signed Jay Ajayi on Friday.

Is there any way he can play in just a couple of days? It wouldn’t seem likely, but if there is a spot where you can do that it would be RB. It isn’t like being a receiver where timing is so crucial. It isn’t like defense where tackling needs work each summer.

The Eagles can also bring up De’Angelo Henderson from the practice squad. He has been with the Eagles for almost a month now and should have a good feel for the playbook, even if he’s never played in a game for the team.

The Eagles have done a good job at getting something out of a lot of RBs in the Pederson era.

Ryan Mathews
Darren Sproles
Wendell Smallwood
Kenjon Barner
Byron Marshall
LeGarrette Blount
Corey Clement
Jay Ajayi
Josh Adams
Jordan Howard
Miles Sanders
Boston Scott

Obviously this isn’t ideal when taking on the #1 defense in the league, but the coaches should be able to get figure this out for a game. Sanders will get a chance to be a hero.

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Watch Bill Belichick talk about the Eagles and you’ll think the guys in green should be favored by at least 10 points.

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One Comment on “Age Does Matter”

  1. 1 The Linc - Jim Schwartz has a heavy influence on the Eagles’ personnel moves - Philly's Top Five said at 10:30 AM on November 16th, 2019:

    […] Age Does Matter – Iggles BlitzI hope the Eagles learned their lesson. You can mix in an older player here and there, but you don’t want to have too many. It was obvious to anyone and everyone that Sproles should not have been brought back this year. Heck, I didn’t want him in 2018. Sproles has had an amazing career. He’s done great things for the Eagles and anyone who follows the team will have some fond memories of him. But business is business. Sproles has been hurt the past three years and hasn’t played all that well when healthy. The Eagles made an emotional decision when they brought him back. That was not a smart decision. Sproles is done and the Eagles can give his touches to Boston Scott, who has shown real promise this year. I hate that Sproles went out this way, but the writing was on the wall. His body hasn’t held up the past two years. It was time. […]