Eagles Rush for 193 Yards in Win Over the Giants
The Eagles made a switch on their offensive line for Sunday’s game, promoting Chance Warmack to the starter at left guard and benching Isaac Seumalo.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson was playing coy all week about any plans for change along the offensive line.
"As of right now we're still evaluating that," Pederson said on Friday when asked about who was getting the start at left guard. "It’s still being evaluated and I'll talk to Stout [Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland] on that as we go forward."
The decision to start Warmack was not known until he was out on the field with the first unit during the Eagles first offensive drive of the game.
Seumalo started the first two games at left guard but after struggling the first two weeks of the season, the Eagles pulled the plug on the 2016 third-round pick. However, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said that doesn't mean the Eagles have lost faith in him.
"Not at all," Pederson said. "He was definitely active today and he was up, and he's still in the mix. Just an opportunity to see it from a big picture. And moving forward, we'll evaluate it this week, we'll watch the tape tomorrow and move on from there."
Warmack was an offseason signing from Tennessee and while many felt he competed well for the starting job in training camp, he had been inactive for the first two games. However, his stay in the line-up didn't last long. After proving to be ineffective, he was replace dby veteran Stefen Wisniewski.
"I think it was just based on performance at the time," Pederson explained when asked why Wisniewski received more playing time. "It's kind of like receivers, we rotate them from time to time. But in this position, it was just based on performance."
The Eagles typically had been keeping seven offensive linemen active on game days, but today they went with eight, keeping Seumalo active.
Regardless of who was playing and who will remain the starter, the Eagles got much better play up front against a solid Giants run defense, piling up 193 yards on 39 carries to help the Eagles win 15 of its last 19 games vs. New York (including playoffs), as well as six of its last seven overall.
“Whether it was Isaac [Seumalo], Chance [Warmack], or [Stefen Wisniewski], we have confidence in any one of those guys to get the job done and get it done well," Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said when asked about the change at left guard.
"I don’t know who played more today, because it’s something I don’t even notice as much as you’d think. They did a great job today. I think today the offensive line played great. Whether it was Chance or [Wisniewski] today, it seemed like they were doing good things no matter who was in.”