This Eagles team is starting to come together as a complete unit. You get the sense when you listen to these guys speak about one another they truly care about one another. From the OTA’s to mandatory mini – camps I’ve been getting the same vibes. This is the first time I’ve felt this way since the 2010 team. I really felt that team was a true team after the “Miracle at the Meadowlands 2.” Only a close knit group could come back from 21 down with a little over 7 minutes remaining in the contest. From the 2011 infamous Dream Team to 2015 where Chip Kelly insisted he wasn’t GM I never got the sense these dudes cared. I said this for years on the Podcast that these guys were just a collection of guys that happen to be wearing the same jersey. That’s not the case anymore. There’s been a change for the better and it’s due in part to Carson Wentz.
Wentz is developing into a true leader right before our eyes. Right now he and the other skill position players are bonding in North Dakota. It’s good for these guys to get away. A little bonding down time will help them get through the dog days of August and a hot training camp. The idea is that this carries over to the field during the regular season. This type of camaraderie sets the tone for giving max effort on the field. Guys fighting for extra yards, peeling back for a second block during a long run. Who knows, we might even see Zach Ertz break a tackle. I’m joking about Ertz but this is the type of play that can come out of this. During the 2016 season when I really saw this becoming a factor. Credit also needs to be giving to Head Coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman. Roseman set the tone of the off season by investing in his own guys as opposed other teams players in that 2016 off season. A strategy I’ve lamented for years. It’s good to see the Eagles taken care of “their” players. Doug’s done a good job instilling a winning attitude as well.
All this is great but it really goes back to Wentz in my opinion. If they’re isn’t a true leader at the QB position guys get lost in the shuffle. Carson Wentz is a guy who gives it his all and expects the same in return. Since 2011 I don’t know if the Eagles players felt that way about their leader and Head Coach. We got glimpses of this on the field with Michael Vick but his off the field leadership wasn’t much.
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