The Eagles made history on Tuesday night, becoming the first team since the 1985 Chicago Bears to rush for 175 or more yards in seven consecutive games.T
The Bears had Walter Payton.
The Eagles have Jeff Stoutland.
That’s not to diminish the contributions of Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell or any of the Eagles’ starting offensive linemen during this stretch. They’re the ones on the field, after all.
But more than any of them — and there are some good players there — Stoutland is the star of the operation. And the fact that a statement like that would bother the hell out of him tells you all you need to know.
There’s a reason the 59-year-old offensive line coach has now served for three different head coaches in Philadelphia and keeps getting retained. There’s a reason why he has the title of run game coordinator in addition to his job as offensive line coach. There’s a reason why his players have piled up six All-Pros and 17 Pro Bowl bids during his years in Philly.
There’s a reason why Nick Sirianni earlier this month called Stoutland “the best offensive line coach I’ve ever been around.”
It’s because Stoutland really is a great coach. And the Eagles are so lucky to have him.
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