Jeff Stutland on why Landon Dickerson is the Eagles’ best attacking midfielder

“How far did Landon Dickerson go from this point last year, when he had just started training after missing out on bootcamp completely?”

Jeff Stutland understands the question.

And he just sits there staring into space for a second. silent. motionless.

Then shout out loud the answer.

“Light years! Not even close! Not even the same player! “

Then he stopped again and imitated the writer who asked the question (I).

“Why coach? What do you mean by that?”

There is no one quite like Stoutland, who may be the first Eagles coach in history to ask himself a question during a press conference.

Not only is he a character with a dry sense of humor, rich storylines and a distinctive Staten Island “Dis and Dat” accent, he’s one of the greatest offensive line coaches in history.

Jason Kelsey, Brandon Brooks, Lyn Johnson, and Evan Mattis have coached 13 Pro Bowls—none of them made the Pro Bowl before Stout coached them—and his latest venture is Dickerson, a budding Pro Bowler who kicks off his first opening day Sunday when he faces the Black Eagles in Detroit .

Dickerson has become a key player for the Eagles in the left guard, and it’s easy to forget that this time last year, he wasn’t even involved in full training yet.

Coming out of the ACL tear he suffered in the 2020 SEC Championship win game in Alabama in Florida in Atlanta, he missed the entire training camp and wasn’t even involved in full training until September 15th.

He was inactive in the opening game against the Hawks but dressed up in Week 2 against the 49ers and took over the right guard duty when Brandon Brooks’ season (and career) ended with a chest injury. He made his debut a week later in the right guard against the Cowboys, but when left guard Isaac Sumalo sustained a foot injury at the end of the season, he opened the door for Dickerson to switch to left guard.

where he stayed.

With a healthy Seumalo now in the right guard, Dickerson found a permanent home in the left guard, and Stoutland lavished some praise on the 23-year-old.

“I see a guy playing with low buttocks, I see a guy who struggled a bit to turn around from injury (last year) trying (but) not quite yet,” he said. “Now I see a guy – you watch stuff in Miami (co-training), if you’ve been into sports – you can see how fast he was hitting the stunts and how he was reorienting his feet.

“For me, this is a different kind of player. I would say – you didn’t ask me this but if you told me, who is the most advanced player, I would say it is him.”

It is a good thing Stutland praises Dickerson because Dickerson is known for being tough on himself.

You’ll never hear him admit that he’s playing well, no matter how hard you try.

“It would be pointless to say I got somewhere,” he said last year. “There is no point in feeling good. Because you feel good. And you feel good, you stop playing in the NFL. Always set the bar high.”

He will just admit that he has a long way to go and focus on his faults and flaws. which are hard to find.

“All the great players I’ve coached in my life feel this way,” Stutland said. “I can give you examples of everyone I’m coaching right now (feeling the same). One thing happened yesterday. The guy was angry.

“But that’s how good the guys are. They want him to be perfect, and they want him to be the best. It’s not okay to do something unthinking or make a mental mistake when you know the answer to that.”

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