New “O” Line Coach Jeff Stoutland Wants A Physical Offensive LineBREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Monday, February 11th, 2013
I told you I liked the decision Chip Kelly and the Eagles made in hiring offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland from the Alabama Crimson Tide to coach the Birds offensive line here in Philadelphia. After meeting him today, I don’t just like that decision I love this decision.
This dude is into that “Hardcore Football”, which we like here in Philadelphia. Yes they maybe hurrying to the line, but when they get there, Stoutland wants to see some of that old fashioned winning the battle at the line of scrimmage. He sounded like just what the doctor ordered.
I knew a lot about Stoutland, when I saw the way the Crimson offensive line have been playing for the last few years. Their offensive line played tough, aggressive football all the way to the whistle. Not dirty football, but tough football. His offensive lines rarely made mistakes, but were consistent about burying their opposition before the refs blew the whistle.
“Whether they’re run blocking or pass blocking it must be physical”, Stoutland responded a few times to a number of questions about what kind of play he likes. “Everything we do with want to be physical.”
When I asked him how he felt when his big boys upfront for the Crimson Tide were mauling the Notre Dome front seven in the National Championship game, Stoutland had to swallow and start talking about how everybody had a hand in what happened during that game.
He’s already big on left tackle Jason Peters and said he had his left tackle at Bama looking at tapes of Peters this past season and trying to imitate his game. He loves the athleticism which Peters has played with in the past.
Stoutland also had good things to say about Jason Kelce and even Danny Watkins.
As you might expect, Stoutland can’t wait to get the chance to work with his players. We can’t wait either.
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