The tale of Andrew Luck should serve as a perfect example for the Eagles as to why they need to continue to take care of their offensive line for the future.
Luck dealt with an iffy offensive line during much of his tenure in Indianapolis, causing him to be one of the most hit quarterbacks during that time. Despite this, he managed to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in the league when healthy.
Last season, the Colts finally got the offensive line that Luck needed with the addition of Quentin Nelson. The line produced one of the best pass protections in the league, with Luck not taking a sack between Weeks 6 and 12. This helped Luck to produce an MVP caliber season, propelling Indianapolis to the playoffs.
Prior to this upcoming season, Indianapolis made several key acquisitions. Newly acquired receivers Devin Funchess and rookie Parris Campbell can serve as great compliments to star receiver T.Y. Hilton. The defense already containing rising stars like Darrius Leonard and Malik Hooker added a solid veteran in Pro-Bowler Justin Houston.
With one of the best offensive lines in the league, a solid receiving core, an upgraded defense, and a dangerous running back in Marlon Mack, the Colts were easily touted as Super Bowl contenders with Luck at the helm.
So what happened?
Remember how Luck was one of the most hit quarterbacks in the league? Turns out, this caused him to become physically and mentally worn out from the game of football, forcing him to retire this past Saturday.
With the Colts chances of capturing another Lombardi Trophy heavily dashed, every team in the NFL should take the time to learn from this tragic tale.
If you don’t take care of your offensive line, than you can’t adequately protect your quarterback or your chances of winning.
Thankfully, Howie Roseman understands this fact as he gifted franchise quarterback Carson Wentz with the best offensive line in the league.
Rookie Andre Dillard will be a nice replacement for left tackle Jason Peters, insuring Wentz’s blindside is protected in the future when Peters retires.
As long as Wentz doesn’t take on too many hits year in and year out, than the Eagles will have the greatest potential to experience much success in the future.