4 out of 5 dentists recommend that you don’t lose 4 out of 5 O-line starters. I didn’t think things could get worse, but boy was I wrong. Todd Herremans is headed to IR. I haven’t been too happy with his play, but this wasn’t what I wanted to happen. I wanted Todd to raise his game, not get hurt.
With Todd going to IR, the Eagles have reportedly added OG Julian Vandervelde to the active roster (from the practice squad). At practice today Demetress Bell is at LT with King Dunlap sliding over to RT. Danny Watkins is not practicing so Dennis Kelly is at RG for now.
Bell – Mathis – Reynolds – Kelly – Dunlap … what could go wrong? I wonder if Michael Vick took out an extra insurance policy on himself?
The only possible good thing about this…the OL is so messed up that Andy/Marty may actually be forced to run the ball. Feed it to Shady and Bryce. 30 combined carries. I think we’d all love to see that. Hell, if we’re not going to score big points with the passing game, let’s run it.
Dunlap has experience at RT so putting him there is probably the smart move. Bell has sucked at both LT and RT, but he was a total mess on MNF. His best moments came at LT. Cross your fingers and hope he limits his mistakes.
Kelly was good at RG vs the Falcons, but really struggled on Monday night. He wasn’t getting physically manhandled so much as he was missing assignments and just not making blocks. On the shovel pass, Kelly pulled and was right there to block a Saint. Maybe Shady scores. Maybe he just gets down by the 1. Instead, Dennis doesn’t touch a soul and Shady is swallowed up at the LOS. Can’t have brain farts like that?
I don’t know if the noise got to him. Maybe playing on Monday night got him. Maybe he was worried about economic policies in Europe or what might happen on the new episode of The Walking Dead. Don’t know what happened. Don’t really care. Cannot happen again. Simple as that. Find someone and block ‘em. If you get beat by a more athletic guy, we can forgive that. Get beat by a stronger guy, can forgive that. Don’t block anyone? Unacceptable. You’re paid to get out there and put a hat on a hat. Any jerk go be a tourist and take in the sights. Go hit someone. Hit the wrong guy even, but hit him so hard that he remembers it.
I’ve invited my good friend Josey Wales to offer his advice to Andy, Marty, and the O-line.
I’d love to see Reid take this approach in the Dallas game. Let’s embrace the run game and try to control the LOS that way. Run early. If they stop it, who cares? Keep running. Wear them down and the OL be on the attack. Mix in passes to keep the defense honest, but focus on the run game.
I have significant doubts that Big Red will take my advice, but we are allowed to dream, right?
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The Eagles added Safety Phillip Thomas to the practice squad. Good move. He showed serious potential this summer, but teams had some doubts or concerns that kept him on the street. Thomas has the talent to play in the NFL. Now he must show he’s got the discipline to put the professional in professional football player.
Good move. I hope Thomas stays focused. Would love to see him pan out, even if just as a role player.
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Did you hear about Marcus Vick? He said on Twitter that he wanted Vick to get out of Philly (due to the OL).
Les Bowen got Vick’s response to Marcus: “shut off Twitter”.
Marcus is an idiot. He had the talent to be a big star in college and possible starter in the NFL, but couldn’t stay focused on football. Then Marcus threw the party back in 2010 where there was the shooting that almost got Vick cut by the Eagles.
Marcus should shut up and be thankful he’s got a brother that makes millions of dollars. Vick will be headed out of Philly soon enough and I don’t know that it will be a good thing for either one of them.