Eagles Seeing Progress Along Offensive Line
The result was significant.
39 carries, 193 yards.
The Eagles offensive line took a step forward on Sunday.
At least that's what the stats say after their 27-24 win over the Giants on Sunday. Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich tried to explain why the running game was able to get going in such impressive fashion, but couldn't really point out any one thing.
"I think it was a combination of a lot of things," Reich tried to explain.
"One, just, I think, the players and coaches, we just -- you get mad. You know, you get mad. We know we have the people to have a good running game. We know it. There was never any doubt. Whatever all the outside chatter is, whatever that is, I can promise you, [there is] no doubt from the coaching staff and no doubt from the players that we have what it takes to have a successful running game. We have the players needed. And sometimes it just -- it was a pretty small sample size, so it was just a question of being patient and just keep calling it and keep calling it and give our guys a chance. And we got off to a good start in the run game, so that certainly helped."
While Reich didn't really single anyone out, he did praise the play of Stefen Wisniewski, who saw his first action of the season at left guard. The veteran competed with Chance Warmack and Isaac Seumalo for the starting job in the preseason, but ultimately the team tabbed Seumalo as the starter coming into the regular season, but made a switch last week, going with Warmack, but that change didn't last long.
"He did a couple good things," admitted Reich. "We run a play where he's pulling a couple times, he was good on the edge. He really -- his departure angles were good on everything, on all our zone schemes he was good."
As for who will get the start this week, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson indicated that has yet to be determined.
"It's something we'll evaluate this week again going forward at that position, and by Sunday, we'll have the best five out there," Pederson said.
ESPN.com NFL insider KC Joyner discussed the Eagles offensive line on the Sports Bash: