An Eye to the Playoffs



Posted: November 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | No Comments »

Doug Pederson has done a great job this year of keeping his team focused on the game at hand. The Eagles win and move on. They celebrate for a half hour and then start thinking about the next opponent.

Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas have to keep one eye on the present and one on the future. You see them tweaking the practice squad on a regular basis, always looking for a player who might contribute in the future. You saw them give the contract extension to Tim Jernigan.

They have also made some moves to help the team in the short term. The Jay Ajayi trade was for this year and the future. On Monday the team signed veteran LB Dannell Ellerbe to add depth to the middle of the defense. On Tuesday the team made another move.

The Eagles lost Jason Peters and put Halapoulivaati Vaitai in at LT. That was a smart move. Vaitai showed potential last year when he filled in for Lane Johnson at RT. This summer he played on the left side because the team wanted him to be the swing tackle, the guy who could backup both spots. Vaitai has played pretty well at LT so far.

But what happens if he or Johnson gets hurt?

That’s why the Eagles signed Beatty. They played Isaac Seumalo against Denver and he was up and down. If one of the starters got hurt, I think the Eagles would prefer a veteran taking over. Seumalo spent the offseason mostly playing G and C. He is athletic enough to play OT, but it is still a challenge for him. Beatty has started 63 games in the NFL. He could step in if needed.

With the team off to an 8-1 start, the front office has to start thinking about the playoffs. If someone gets hurt, you can’t afford to put a project on the field. You need a player you trust can get the job done. Forget long term thinking. You try to win and advance.

The Eagles aren’t making any dumb moves. Vaitai will still be the LT. Beatty is here for depth. If Vaitai started to struggle, Beatty could get a chance to show what he could do. Ellerbe is here to compete with Joe Walker for the MLB job. I think Ellerbe should win that.

It is interesting that the front office is willing to make these moves. It pretty much acknowledges that they have an eye on the postseason.

As long as Pederson and the players stay focused on the next opponent, I think it is smart for the front office to keep an eye on the future. You are always a play away from needing a key replacement.

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There was another move.

Good for Marshall. I thought he showed potential last year. I’m glad someone is giving him a chance to play.

As for Jones-Quartey, he started 12 games for the Bears last year after playing in 13 games as a rookie in 2015. Joe Douglas spent a year in Chicago with him and I’m sure that is part of the reason he was added.

Jones-Quartey can help in practice, but could also be added to the roster if one of the Safeties were to get hurt. He’s young, but does have experience as a starter and STer. He was on the Jets practice squad back in October.

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For those of you who like analytics, here is a good piece on the sophomore QBs…Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Jared Goff.

As much as we want this to be a competition, all three of them can be good players. There isn’t a finite amount of praise in the football universe and we have to figure out who can get the most credit. Carson, Dak and Jared can all be good.

Honestly, I like them all being good. Football is more fun when you have good QBs.

The piece was written by Sunset Shazz. You can follow him on Twitter for more good Eagles thoughts.

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Jimmy Bama doing some of his finest work. Make Picasso look like a second rate hack.

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