Eagles Talented Offense Will Need To Adjust To Injuries On “O” LineBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
The Eagles are 2-0, but that’s not what excites me most about this football team. It’s the fact that they haven’t come close to playing their best football. This team has tremendous potential to play much better on both sides of the football and the special teams. Their upside is astounding, but there’s no guarantee that they will get there, but there is a possibility they will.
You’ve g0t to give Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and company credit for assembling a tremendous amount of talent. Still that doesn’t mean they’re going to achieve anything this season. It just means they have a chance to have a tremendous season Reid and his staff must push this group and demand that they take their game to it’s highest level.
This team has got the time, but they must have the desire to do something special. Their skill people are as talented as any group in the league.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the offensive side of the ball.
Teams are going to have plenty of difficulty stopping Eagles tight end Brent Celek, because they can’t afford to double team him or use a safety on him. Celek will always be single-covered by a linebacker. At times on Sunday, the Ravens had nobody covering the tight end. Michael Vick must continue to go to Celek until opponents find a way to stop him. The second-tight end Clay Harbor will also continue to get opportunities.
DeSean Jackson played well on Sunday and showed his toughness with the grab of the 49-yard pass coming off the goalline. It was a great throw by Vick, who put it right in Jackson’s bread basket from out of the end zone.
Running back LeSean McCoy continues to show me he’s a better running back than I thought he was. This young man can find room to run even when the blocking is absolutely terrible. McCoy makes tacklers miss in areas where it seems to be impossible.
He’s like a great boxer, who is fighting toe-to-toe but never getting hit squarely with a punch. I love the fact that he has the ability to run just as well inside as he does outside. McCoy is running like a championship back, who gets everything he can on each run with his tremendous instincts. His ability to make tacklers miss in small areas is amazing.
That brings me to the one area which concerns me most about this offense. The Eagles offensive line isn’t anything to write home about. Injuries have decimated this group, starting with the loss of Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters during the offseason.
Center Jason Kelce was one of the Eagles best offensive linemen, but he tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL and will miss part of the season. There’s a chance he might return to the lineup this season, but it’s not a guarantee. Dallas Reynolds took his place in the lineup on Sunday and played well enough for the team to win, but Reynolds is nothing to write home about.
King Dunlap left the game with a hamstring pull and each they’re going to need to give him help blocking the right defensive ends in this league. Demetress Bell took his place and played well enough for the team to win, but has been struggling all training camp and through the preseason. Just like Dunlap, the Eagles will need to give him help against the better pass rushers in the league.
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