Insight on the Biggies

Posted: July 18th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

 

It isn’t hard to love the Eagles offensive line. You watch the guys play and see a great combination of skill, attitude and effort. Think of them as the Mean Green Blocking Machine.

O-linemen rarely get much publicity so it can sometimes be hard to get a feel for their personalities. After the Super Bowl parade, there is nothing mysterious about Jason Kelce. We have a pretty good feel for Lane Johnson as well. He’s not shy around the camera or microphone. He also speaks his mind, which is rare for pro athletes. They tend to obsess on playing it safe so as not to offend anyone.

SI put out a great piece on the Eagles O-line, getting all kinds of fun and insightful comments.

The big men have earned the right to beef. Kelce slips in a sly shot at New England over dinner: “The last defense we had seen was Minnesota’s, and we were like, ‘These dudes have got some players.’ Then we see [the Patriots] and we’re like, ‘These dudes have got some . . . coaches.’ ” And Peters, a Dallas native, takes a crack at the division-rival Cowboys: “[People there tell me,] ‘Y’all got lucky.’ I just say, ‘Too bad y’all haven’t been lucky in 20-something years.’ ”

Of course, each of them would rather be on this side, the boisterous heels combatting buttoned-up NFL blue bloods. After all, it’s hard to imagine many other teams embracing a unit that wears dog masks, discourses in drunken F-bombs or, really, shows any semblance of personality whatsoever.

PETERS: Every organization is definitely not like this.

JOHNSON: Speak your mind, you’ll be back on the couch.

BROOKS: Some organizations [are] like robots, man.

JOHNSON: We don’t want to say their names.

Ouch.

The Eagles better not lose to the Patriots any time soon or they will not hear the end of it.

Remember, this group doesn’t just talk a good game. They back it up. Some consider the Eagles the best OL in pro football.

The SI article refers to the group as “The Eagles Brotherhood”. I think the fact they are so close is a big help in their success. These guys genuinely like each other. There is no jealousy about money or status. They get along great and play as a group. Good chemistry is critical to good O-line play.

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Look at that protection. Nick Foles had a clean pocket and took advantage of it.

As good as Foles was in the Super Bowl, you could make an interesting argument that the Eagles O-line should have gotten the MVP as a collective unit. They completely dominated the Patriots.

Things were a lot different in the first Super Bowl meeting. The Pats won the line of scrimmage that night. And the game.

I’m glad things changed this time around.

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  1. 1 Eagles News: ESPN says Philadelphia has one of the NFL’s most bloated contracts - Football News Latest said at 4:51 AM on July 20th, 2018:

    […] Insight on the Biggies – Iggles BlitzIt isn’t hard to love the Eagles offensive line. You watch the guys play and see a great combination of skill, attitude and effort. Think of them as the Mean Green Blocking Machine. O-linemen rarely get much publicity so it can sometimes be hard to get a feel for their personalities. After the Super Bowl parade, there is nothing mysterious about Jason Kelce. We have a pretty good feel for Lane Johnson as well. He’s not shy around the camera or microphone. He also speaks his mind, which is rare for pro athletes. They tend to obsess on playing it safe so as not to offend anyone. […]