Pederson Sticking with Wisniewski vs Bengals
Doug Pederson is sticking with Stefen Wisniewski at left guard and Allen Barbre at right tackle.
The Eagles have had to make many changes along their offensive line but are sticking with the change they made due to the injury to Halapoulivaati Vaitai, when they swung Barbre out to right tackle and inserted Wisniewski to left guard.
Rookie third-round pick Isaac Seumalo started and played right guard on Monday night, after Brandon Brooks was forced to miss the game with an illness, causing some to wonder if Pederson would stick with Seumalo with Brooks returning.
Coach Pederson said Wednesday that Wisniewski will start Sunday against Cincinnati but indicate that both guys played well Monday.
"Isaac looked good. Isaac played well," Pederson stated. "Wasn't perfect by no means, but at the same time, for his first start and really day of the game to start, [he] played well, filled in well. Wiz is playing good. Wiz is another one."
But he did seem to open the door to see more of the rookie, Seumalo.
"Now, the more he (Seumalo) gets in there, the more, just like Big V [Halapoulivaati Vaitai], the better he'll get," said Pederson. "That's the hope going forward."
Pederson this week has mentioned the Eagles are young and maybe taking a look to the future, admitting that while they're playing with some young guys on offense, they're getting valuable reps.
But that was Pederson choice, he mentioned Vaitai has one of the young guys who has gotten valuable reps, he could have elected to go with a more veteran player like Barbre at right tackle, a position he has played before and used Wisniewski at left guard, giving the Eagles two veteran on the offensive line once Lane Johnson was suspended.
When the Eagles were 3-1 and heading on the road to face a division rival, he chose to play Vaitai, he choose to get younger. Wouldn't it have been a better situation for a 3-1 team to play two veteran plays rather than go with a rookie who had never been active for a NFL in a division road game?
Vaitai, who has played better since his rough debut in Washington, could have cost the Eagles that game.
Think about the difference between a 6-5 team and a 5-6 team.