Seumalo is Eagles’ Weakest Link
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — If Anne Robinson ever visited the Eagles locker room, she would likely make a beeline to back right corner where the famed British game-show host would find Eagles left guard Issac Seumalo.
The rest of this hypothetical is fairly obvious with the so-called "Queen of Mean" telling the second-year Oregon State product that he is indeed the weakest link.
Seumalo is coming off a disastrous performance in Kansas City, one in which prized quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked on six different occasions. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Seumalo, a first-year starter, was responsible for four of those takedowns and five pressures overall.
Chiefs' defensive lineman Chris Jones had a career day against Seumalo and even edge rusher Dee Ford moved inside and had his way with the struggling starter on one occasion.
To date, only four guards in football have performed in a poorer fashion than Seumalo through two games, according to PFF -- Seattle's Mark Glowinski, Minnesota's Nick Easton, Houston's Jeff Allen and San Francisco's Zane Beadles.
Despite that Doug Pederson gave the embattled Seumalo a vote of confidence on Monday.
"Isaac has done an outstanding job, really, in his short time to start last year, this year and the position versatility," the coach claimed. "So we'll evaluate the whole thing. It's not just one guy. If you're going to point the finger too, you can point it at me; I'm part of the pie, too. We'll evaluate it and we'll keep evaluating it."
No one really expected Pederson to throw Seumalo under the bus this early but the "outstanding" tag is a bit much obviously and behind closed doors you can bet the coach, his offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and OL coach Jeff Stoutland are weighing whether to give Stefen Wisniewski or Chance Warmack an opportunity if things continue to go sideways with Seumalo.
When you start thinking about benching a starter, a lot goes into the decision but one part of the equation is there for the Eagles. The guys on the bench are arguably better options than Seumalo and certainly more proven commodities.
"Experienced backups are great to have," Pederson admitted, "but at the same time, I don't want to push any panic buttons at this time."
Another lackluster performance at home against a division foe in the New York Giants could change that mindset quickly.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen