Posted April 04, 2013

ONE of the key things that the Raiders and other teams (like the Redskins, Giants, and Cowboys for example) are getting right, that the Eagles definitely ARE getting wrong, is the Raiders players are already learning and getting ready to excel in their respective systems. 

Each Raider can look at his system and say "Well I'm not great at this, but I'm great at that. I'll bone up on that, but I have this talent that I can emphasize in our system" 

The Eagles players still don't even have a complete idea of the THEME, according to Evan Mathis, let alone any schematics, keys or nuances. They can't get a jump on ANYTHING. There isn't even opportunity for guys to meet off the calendar and help each other out with base concepts as executed in this system. That creates a big chance that much of the roster will struggle in OTA's and camp with what ordinarily would be mundane things (timing, spacing, angles, base reads, etc.)

It's easy for fans to say "Well if a guy struggles to learn the system, we'll just cut him." But what do you do when everyone or most of the roster struggles? (Like the O-line did with Howard Mudd's technique.) A handful of guys behind the learning curve is one thing, but when your ENTIRE ROSTER is late getting started, it's quite another.

I think it was Eugenious who (idiotically) made reference to the idea that we could somehow use ignorance as a successful strategy. Nowhere in the history of our planet has being mentally unprepared EVER been recorded as being an advantage in any competition. I get that you're used to arguing with me, but it's really common sense and history that you're arguing with. Right now fans are advocating Chip Kelly not prepping his troops. Fans are literally cheering on a lack of preparation.

Right now we are already behind all of our division competition, (all of whom are used to their systems, the positions they play, and their roles); yet apparently we still don't think is a good time to try to catch up. Instead, we're getting a late start for no good reason. Seriously, at this time of year, after having brought in FA's and assembled a Draft board, they HAVE TO know what they have planned, so there no longer is a justifiable reason for why the core of our roster is still in the dark about what they're paid to do.

So there you have it. Promoting ignorance as a winning strategy, is what the Eagles are doing wrong.

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