Nearly everyone agrees that Eagles right guard Stacy Andrews has struggled in the three preseason games the Birds have played but the veteran guard can rest assured that he’ll be on the roster when the season begins.
His confidence doesn’t have anything to do with work on the field. It concerns his contract. According to Les Bowen of Philly.com, Andrews will be paid $5 million dollars by the Eagles whether he starts for the Birds, or sits the bench or is released.
This presents a serious challenge of the decision-making for head coach Andy Reid and GM Howie Roseman because the offense has struggled with Andrews at right guard and one of the reasons they have struggled has been because of subpar play in the middle of the offensive line.
Will they be as good with Andrews at right guard? That’s the decision the Birds have to make.
I understand that financial considerations have to be made regarding who plays and who doesn’t play, but the Eagles have plenty of motivation to put the very best five offensive linemen on the field because they’ll be responsible for protecting their young quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Andrews has said he would be more comfortable at the tackle position but I don’t see how he could be successful at tackles, if he’s having trouble at guard.