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Where the Eagles went wrong

Philadelphia never recovered from a bad start; players deserve only half the blame

Originally Published: December 22, 2011
By Trent Dilfer | ESPN Insider
Andy ReidAP Photo/Derek GeeAndy Reid and the Eagles would probably do some things differently if they could start over.

The problem with evaluating teams based on overall talent is in the way it can distract you from scheme. Great talent in football can be as detrimental as it is beneficial because it can take you out of your comfort zone as you set up schemes. It's a balancing act -- who should be uncomfortable, the player on the field or the coach trying new things to get him lined up right? Great talent doesn't usually "jump off the screen" as we tend to hear; it's mostly visible when a player is put in a role that maximizes his skill set.

Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer is an analyst for a variety of ESPN programs including NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime and SportsCenter (Sunday and Monday nights during the NFL season). He also contributes to Monday Night Countdown, ESPN Radio programs, and ESPN's annual Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage.

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