November 7, 2014 |
OF ALL the units of a football team, the offensive line might be the one most influenced by consistently having the same players in place. A year ago, the Eagles' offensive line benefited from having all five starters together for the entire season. Obviously, that has not been the case this season, as a preseason suspension to Lane Johnson and a slew of injuries to his fellow linemates have prevented the starting offensive linemen from taking a single regular-season snap together as a unit.
November 6, 2014 |
IT'S OFFICIAL - the 2013 Eagles offensive line, the bellweather of that NFC East championship team, will not play one game together in 2014. An NFL source said right guard Todd Herremans will have season-ending surgery Friday to fix the torn biceps in his left arm, 3 days before left guard Evan Mathis returns from his knee injury to play against Carolina. Mathis went down in the season opener, while right tackle Lane Johnson was serving a four-game suspension. Center Jason Kelce underwent abdominal surgery after the third game, returning Sunday.
November 6, 2014 |
The Eagles went on a 70-yard scoring drive Sunday that lasted only four plays. Mark Sanchez did not even need to pass the ball. The Eagles ran twice with LeSean McCoy and twice with Chris Polk. The offensive line opened holes and the rushers dashed forward with only productive movement. It was a style that eluded the Eagles in the first month of the season, but was part of their identity in coach Chip Kelly's first season. "We just played smash-mouth," McCoy said after the Eagles' 31-21 win. "Just ran at them.
November 4, 2014
With 4 minutes, 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Eagles, with Mark Sanchez, above, at quarterback for the injured Nick Foles , led by 17-14. Their starting right guard, Todd Herremans , had left the game with an ankle injury. To that point, they had run the ball just 19 times in 50 offensive plays. Here is what happened next: The Eagles ran the ball 20 times in their final 24 plays (not including two kneel-downs), with one of the four pass plays becoming a Sanchez scramble.
November 4, 2014 |
HOUSTON - It would be an exaggeration to say that cohesion has emerged from the chaos the Eagles' offensive line endured during the first half of this fascinating season. It would not be an overstatement to say that character has defined a patchwork line that has had more combinations than a fast-food burger joint. "We're winning," offensive tackle Jason Peters said after the Eagles won again Sunday, surviving the loss of another starting lineman to beat the Houston Texans, 31-21, at NRG Stadium.
October 31, 2014 |
LIKE SO many things concerning the Eagles, the plight of running back LeSean McCoy is complicated. On one hand, considering the high expectations on McCoy - many self-appointed - coming into the season, the fact that he ranks just seventh in the NFL in rushing yards has to be viewed as disappointing. After all, McCoy led the league in 2013 in the same category with just over 1,600 yards. With his current total at 505 yards, McCoy would have to rush for 1,102 yards in the Eagles' final nine games just to match his All-Pro season.
October 30, 2014 |
There might not be another offensive lineman in the NFL who knows Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as well as Andrew Gardner. They were teammates in Houston for three seasons, and as a backup, Gardner often had to face Watt in practice. So how often? "Only every day in practice for three years," Gardner, now an Eagles backup, said on Tuesday. As the Eagles prepare for Sunday's game against the Texans and arguably the most dominating defensive player in the NFL, the offensive linemen who will likely be charged with trying to block Watt have gone to Gardner for inside information.
October 9, 2014
SORRY, LADIES. One of the city's hunkiest and most eligible bachelors is engaged. I'm talking about none other than Eagles offensive guard Todd Herremans . I caught up with him at a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion event recently and couldn't help but notice that he and his gorgeous girlfriend, Elizabeth Dee , looked especially happy. When I asked him how things were, he broke the news that the couple were engaged and planning a spring wedding. In other off-the-gridiron news, Eagles running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy is now an on-air contributor at CBS3 and for SportsRadio 94WIP.
October 7, 2014 |
AS CHIP KELLY'S first NFL draft pick and last year's No. 4 overall selection, Lane Johnson started every game for the Eagles a season ago. There were some growing pains, many positives and, behind him and his four cohorts on the offensive line, a heckuva a lot of yards and points. But despite having a season under his belt, yesterday's Week 5 Eagles win over the St. Louis Rams, Johnson said, was "probably the toughest" he has played in his professional career. His first game of the season after serving a four-game PED suspension, the second-year right tackle reassumed his spot at right tackle, returning to game action after just a week of practice, rejoining a unit still missing a pair of mainstays.
October 6, 2014 |
The phrase Change doesn't happen overnight wasn't coined by Chip Kelly, but he would probably nod in approval to the rest of Mary E. Pearson's axiom that change is molded by people who don't give up . The coach was asked several times during the last week about changes he might implement in light of the worst offensive performance the Eagles have had under his stewardship, and Kelly's answers each time were relatively the same. "We're always working on our game plan in terms of what we're trying to do, but I also don't think you just drastically change, and we're going to turn into a run-and-shoot offense and throw the ball a hundred times," Kelly said.