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  1. Very nice straw man. You can do better. 1 - No one has claimed he was 'crippled'. I have only said that young players would "benefit" from extra reps. 2 - Mailata is one of many young players on the OL that could use extra reps with Stoutland. But, I'm sure that there's absolutely nothing that Mailata still has to learn. He's a finished product, right? But, at the same time, a guy who has been playing QB his whole life still has potential to grow into the job. Are these the opposing views you are trying to put together now and build some sort of cogent argument? Mailata can't get better with more reps, but Hurts needs another whole season to get more reps before we can know what he is, or isn't? 3 - I don't care, and have never cared what PFF's rankings are.
  2. The NFC is extremely top heavy and weak beyond the top 3. The AFC, on the other hand, is far more stacked. All 4 teams in the AFC West have a legit shot at the playoffs. In the AFC East, the Pats are still in the mix, biting at the heels of the Bills, who might be top 3 in the entire NFL. The AFC North has the Ravens and the enigmatic Browns to compete with the Bengals (who might be fighting the Super Bowl loser hangover this year). And the AFC South is still just the AFC South. But the Titans are still a better team than 13 of the NFC teams. The Colts are a mystery still. If I were ranking the top 16 teams in the league (top 50%), I think that it could easily be argued that as many as 11 or even 12 of them are from the AFC. All 4 in the AFC West, Bills, Pats, Titans, Bengals would all be definitely in the top 16. Then you could argue about the Ravens, Browns, Colts and Dolphins after that versus the teams of the NFC after the Packers, Bucs and Rams.
  3. Sure thing. But that doesn't mean that they are above criticism for following that path. College football also generally starts with the big teams playing the Middle Arkansas State level teams to get their work in. College football is also far less complicated than pro football, and most of the time, it isn't the better coached team that wins, but the team with the better talent. There's a much wider talent gap in the NCAA than the NFL. I feel bad for these guys, really... it must be so hard for them. It's almost like it is a full time job once they go pro. Plenty of college grads have similar pressures right after graduation, finding a new home, finding a new job and don't have the benefit of a signing bonus to help them finance these things. The NFL is now their chosen vocation. It is full time. We just aren't going to see eye to eye on this. The NFL has made the opportunities for the teams to work with players extremely limited and the Eagles are limiting themselves beyond that (and I'll add the word 'needlessly' here). They don't have to limit themselves as much as they are, yet they are. That's their choice. And it is their prerogative to do so. And it is the prerogative of fans to criticize that decision. Just like a coach can make a foolish play call at the goal line, go for it on 4th down in an unconventional moment, etc. And while that coach, obviously, thought that was the best decision for the team at that time, the fans can disagree with it, both as it happens and after the outcome is known.
  4. Veteran QB versus 'basically a rookie'. Their OL was anchored by a LT with 20+ years of NFL experience. Eagles' LT has been playing American football for about 4 years total. Eagles' top WR was a rookie. Rams' top WR was in year 5. Rookie HC (who was also a rookie play caller, as Reich called the plays in Indy) versus a HC who had already taken his team to the Super Bowl. Should I keep going or are you ready to admit that using the Rams is a false equivalence?
  5. That's also a very veteran team, that basically has had no draft picks to worry about.
  6. Obviously, Sirianni and the front office think this is the right course of action. That doesn't mean that it is. They have been wrong before, as have we all. To insinuate that just because they think this is the right course of action, it must be is erroneous. They are capable of being wrong. The length of the preseason, which has already been shortened with the new CBA, is completely separate from the question of whether or not the rookies and/or UDFAs would benefit from a little more attention from the coaches is the question on the table. I have yet to see a single support that says that a young player wouldn't benefit from being in a more intimate setting with the coaches. Are they actually at higher risk to injury working on techniques and fundamentals? I don't think so. And if they are, then they would be at risk working out on their own, if not more so. At least at the facility there would be medical people on site in case an injury does occur. Japanese proverb: "Better than 1000 days of diligent study, is one day with a good teacher." Would Jurgens benefit more from working out alone, or working out with Stoutland? Is that even a question? Would it be better for Davis to get in to the facility and work on his nutrition and making the proper eating habits more ingrained versus trying to do it on his own? Would it be better for Nakobe Dean to actually sit in the same room and study film with the LBs coaches versus trying to do it over Zoom? (Anyone who suggests that Zoom would be just as good hasn't actually used Zoom to try to instruct or learn.) Using the joint practices in place of PS games, I can see the argument. Just passing on the few opportunities to have the players in contact with the coaches makes no sense to me. I've yet to see any argument to actually support that position other than, "we need to try something new". New was tried last year, and it didn't work well... with a new coach, new system, new QB... this year we have new players in very important positions. Why limit yourself beyond the limitations already imposed by the CBA? No one said that they should be in full contact during these days, but should be in full learning mode. Nor did anyone say that it has to be done in the 'July heat'. Do it early in the morning - not that hot then. Do it later in the evening - not that hot then either. Do it in the meeting rooms at the NovaCare Complex or do it in the indoor practice facility, as there wouldn't be a space issue. Or, are we suggesting that these superior athletes are less capable of dealing with elements than the average roofer, construction worker, landscaper? There are plenty of smart ways to do it, even on the hottest of days.
  7. That would depend on those 4, I'd assume. How far do they want to take it? Time will tell.
  8. Indefinitely could just mean until all the dust settles in these lawsuits. And there's no time frame placed on that yet that I am aware of.
  9. 1 - Was Richardson also just cut from his former team for being on the decline? Context matters. Not all 29 year old DTs get 3 years and $30M. On the contrary, Richardson was coming off a one year prove-it deal with the Vikings. Richardson had rebounded from a down year with the Seahawks... Jackson was on the decline. Apples/oranges. Not just 2 - I'd love to see the numbers on that assertion. It sure doesn't seem that way at all. There are a few unicorns that stand out, but there always have been. Please support this assertion with Pro Bowlers/All-Pros, not just guys that hang on. Cox, Brooks, Johnson were all paid at the HIGHEST levels of their positions, did their play/availability match that level of investment? Sure doesn't seem like it. 3 - Yup, the Eagles have been bad at identifying WRs. But, I don't believe in teams being 'cursed'. I believe teams that struggle historically at certain positions have fundamental flaws that they can't correct for any reason, not some curse. 4 - Only two of those moves worked to bring the Eagles a Super Bowl... Ajayi and Darby. Both were also cheap and on their rookie deals, whereas most of the others were older players, declining players and expensive. Again, that's cap management as well as roster management. You can't decouple cap management from roster management. They go hand in hand. Their handling of the cap has already limited the moves the team has been able to make. Last year's free agent class was bargain bin shopping exclusively, because they had no flexibility to do more. This year's class is almost exclusively the same, because they had limited flexibility (the least flexibility in the league according to sources that have been shared multiple times). Yes, they landed one big money player (AND gave up big time draft resources at the same time, which means that have less risk in that move, but also have less cap flexibility moving forward by having a player on a relatively cheap rookie deal, compared to the 'market' rate for veterans...). They did land one. And they did it by borrowing from tomorrow. And they will continue to do that, and will continue to be limited in what they can do, until they bite the bullet for a year and stop pushing money off to the future. Over $50M dead this year, and will have $30M next year. When you are at the top of the list year after year in dead cap space, that's an issue.
  10. Agreed. I was presuming that he was found guilty, because if he's not found guilty. then there would be no grounds for suspension, imo. Makes sense.
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