• September 27, 2022

Eagles LB Brian Rolle Lost His Focus

The Eagles kickoff team was atrocious on Sunday.  They weren’t getting off of blocks and making plays.  The Giants blockers were dominating the Birds and it almost cost them the football game.  Birds linebacker Brian Rolle was one of the Eagles defenders who was getting blocked.

The keys to making plays on Special Teams are taking off as soon as the ball is kicked; getting off of blocks after you engage the blockers, then finding the ball carrier and making the tackle.

The reason linebackers are put on the Special Teams is the fact that their job is getting the ball and making tackles.  Linebackers are supposed to be the team’s best Special Teams players.  The Eagles didn’t have any Special Teamers on Sunday who was getting down there and making plays near the twenty-yard line.

Something had to be done and somebody had to pay for  poor play.  Rolle was the guy.  He was released today and the Birds have signed free agent linebacker Adrian Moten.

The play of Rolle has had a serious drop in the last couple of months.  He showed up to training camp as a starter, but lost his job during the preseason because he was making too many mistakes, getting blocked and missing tackles.

One of the main problems Rolle was having was getting off of blocks.  He’s short for a linebacker and his short arm make it difficult for him to knock the hands of blockers off of him.  Too many times Rolle was swallowed up by the blocker.

Now after four games, Rolle has been released because of his poor play on Special Teams.

This is something which happens quite a bit in the NFL.  Many times young players are unable to stayed focused and positive after they get demoted.   Rolle obviously forgot that once he lost his starting job, Special Teams became his number one job.  He probably thought losing his starting job was the worst thing that could happen.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

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paulman
paulman
October 2, 2012 1:56 pm

No real surprise here, Casey Matthews is next of he doesn’t pick-up his SPecial Teams play either.. Rolle was a Starter last Season just as Chaney was the year before more of the poor talent level on the Eagles Squad at LB then for their good upside as a player.. Eagles need to Draft 1 moer stud LB next Draft and then should be in good shape.. I would flat out release Matthews and Activate Ryan Rau today and have Mouten and Rau as Special Termers Demons to aply along with Hughes,MArsh,Colt Anderson and Riley Cooper ..
One thing is for certain, Special Teams Coach Bobby April is out of excuses and I have been tired of his hot air for the last 2-3 Seasons.. His Special Teams groups have gotten worse the longger he has coached them.

greymares
greymares
October 2, 2012 4:30 pm
Reply to  paulman

on the subject of being tired of hot air. paulman do you want to talk about your predictions of the Giant game from last week, seriously with your very limited knowledge of this sport the HOT AIR that you spew every week is annoying.

gmcliff
gmcliff
October 5, 2012 9:34 am
Reply to  paulman

Finally someone agrees with GMCliff…MATTHEWS IS A BUM!!
Thank you Paul.

Here are three names for the draft at LB:
1. Manti Te’o Notre Dame 6-1 245 MLB
2. Jonathan Brown Illinois 6-2 240 OLB
3. Jelani Jenkins Florida 6-1 235 OLB

RegalEagle
RegalEagle
October 2, 2012 3:18 pm

@Paulman
HIs special teams units have been getting worse. = True

David Akers Bye bye Hello Rookie with Upside = Worse (I do like Henry long term)

Punter – Sav Rocca Had a big Leg but was innacurate – Chaz was more inconsistent = Worse

Returner DJax to Johnson = Worse (Not Johnsons fault he’s just not Djax)

Coverage Personell, No cooper, No Anderson, No Gaither, No whats his name 57 = Worse

Point is I don’t think April has had players as good as he did in the past on special teams.

The reason you draft Size/Speed players especially in rounds 3-7 is while they develop you need special teamers. We can not have 5’9 Line backers, 5’8 wide recievers, and 5’9 Safties as back ups because then you have SH*T for ST coverages.

RegalEagle
RegalEagle
October 2, 2012 3:20 pm

You can coach all you wan’t but unless your last name is Steroids or HGH I doubt you can coach Size, Speed and Strength.

paulman
paulman
October 2, 2012 3:46 pm

I ercall David Akers missing key FG’s in Playoff games during his final couple of Seasons with teh Eagles and also recall him kicking a couple FG’s out of bounds in some crucial games like the NFC CHampionship giving the ball to the Cardinals at the 40 Yards right after the Eagles go back into the game..
I have no problem with the Eagles moving on from Akers who turned down a 3 Year $5.5 Million Deal from the Eagles in Dec of 2010.. Good Riddance

schiller
schiller
October 2, 2012 4:01 pm
Reply to  paulman

FG’s out of bounds? Ha, you foolish fool you.

larrwd
larrwd
October 2, 2012 6:01 pm

Wow rolle hasnt been playing like himself.. last year he played smart football. when i watched him this year he was being reckless and wild.. it was like watching 2 different players..

larrwd
larrwd
October 2, 2012 6:06 pm

moten ran a 4.49 40 at his pro day and a 4.53 at the combine ..

Talongrip
Talongrip
October 2, 2012 6:23 pm

I agree with Paulman…they need to draft 1 or 2 more stud linebackers and fire the current ST coach too…Just like AR he has done Nothing!!!

Talongrip
Talongrip
October 2, 2012 6:33 pm

This is typical of the Eagles current coaching staff overvalue talent and reach for players they have no business drafting and then making them starters. LOL
Give me a MF break. There is one common problem here and its been here for 14 years and it is AR and his entire coaching staff, They are out of touch with todays football. Lets be real the only reason the Eagles are 3-1 is out of sheer luck!

haveacigar
haveacigar
October 2, 2012 6:52 pm

Reid has a better winning percentage than most coaches. What an a.hole you are

Talongrip
Talongrip
October 2, 2012 7:02 pm

haveacigar….you must be stupid, I dont care about winning percentage….I care about SB victories. At the end of the day its about how many SB the Eagles have won and currently How many do they have smart ass ???

haveacigar
haveacigar
October 2, 2012 7:37 pm

Zero. Sometimes it comes down to the bounce of a ball. Tom coughlin has two and the idiots such as you criticize his every move , including his game management the other night,l his first SB was won by a journeyman who is out of the league that made a play out his ass. You say Reid is bad at drafts…mcnabb, westbrook, McCoy, Jackson, herremans, Cole, maclin, celek, Simon,and yes there were duds… EVERY team has them.

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
October 2, 2012 8:07 pm

This is breast cancer awareness month.

I say we let the women be aware of the radiation through mammograms that causes tumors which doctors use to diagnose cancer to lead through DNA destroying chemotherapy that takes 15 years off of a normal lifespan. Also they’re targeting women breast knowing breast milk heals the child against the poisoned vaccines that are killing our children.

Do your part to spread the truth concerning this fraud cancer awareness month.

Butch007
Butch007
October 3, 2012 2:00 am

I would rather the Eagles had gone bigger with the LB substitution, but I hope Moten plays well. I still think the Eagles should take a chance on Kourtnie Brown and Chavis Williams over two of the reserve LBs they have.

Average_Joseph
Average_Joseph
October 3, 2012 6:55 am

I don’t know SONGSRME2, my wife found out she had breast cancer on her first ever mammogram at age 41. It was a mobile unit that came to her work. She had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. It was a tough 9 months of our family’s life. But with prayers and the Grace of God it was found early enough and she has been cancer free for 9 years. I hope you never have to go through the trauma and fear that cancer brings into your life. I say thank God for modern science. It saved my wife’s life. Oh and by the way, it saved my life too since 2 years after my wife’s diagnosis, I was found to have colon cancer. I had surgery and chemo, was “clean” and then it came back less than a year later, so more surgery, more chemo. It has been over 4 years since my last chemotherapy round. Again, a lot of prayers, the Grace of God and modern science have kept me around. When you are 43 and facing what I was facing, you would gladly give up 15 years of your life to be able to be here another 20 or 15 or 10 years just so you could watch your children grow up, go to school and maybe walk your daughters down the aisle.

And what the heck are you talking about breast milk; most women that have breast cancer are well past the nursing years.

Average_Joseph
Average_Joseph
October 3, 2012 7:23 am

I don’t know SONGSRME2, my wife found out she had breast cancer on her first ever mammogram at age 41. It was a mobile unit that came to her work. She had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. It was a tough 9 months of our family’s life. But with prayers and the Grace of God it was found early enough and she has been cancer free for 9 years. I hope you never have to go through the trauma and fear that cancer brings into your life. I say thank God for modern science. It saved my wife’s life. Oh and by the way, it saved my life too since 2 years after my wife’s diagnosis, I was found to have colon cancer. I had surgery and chemo, was “clean” and then it came back less than a year later, so more surgery, more chemo. It has been over 4 years since my last chemotherapy round. Again, a lot of prayers, the Grace of God and modern science have kept me around. When you are 43 and facing what I was facing, you would gladly give up 15 years of your life to be able to be here another 20 or 15 or 10 years just so you could watch your children grow up, go to school and maybe walk your daughters down the aisle.

And what the heck are you talking about breast milk; most women that have breast cancer are well past the nursing years.

schiller
schiller
October 3, 2012 7:55 am

Songs you are just awful at understanding things and the validity of facts

bugsyhawk
bugsyhawk
October 3, 2012 8:47 am

Please ignore the troll of the website hiding out in his bunker in Montana.

chevron2105
chevron2105
October 3, 2012 9:37 am

Thanks Songs for the reminder.

Average_Joseph- Thank God you and your wife came through. May he continue to bless you and your family. My grandmother was also a breast cancer survivor. Therefore, I always get my yearly exams.

paulman
paulman
October 5, 2012 10:37 am

Steelers 24 – Eagles 20 in a very exciting,close,hard-hitting game..
Steelers have to win this game if they want to keep pace with Ravens/NEbgals and remain in AFC Playoff Picture, If Steelers drop to 1-3, they are in trouble
and play next Thursday on the road at Nashville which is a short turn-around time.. This Game for Pittsburgh is probably their Season

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
October 5, 2012 11:34 am

average joe and chevron are Schills… did any of you ever wonder what caused the so called cancer when this was non existent 100 years ago?

Kill the root and you won’t need a cure.

Vaccines, GMO foods, radiation & mammograms causes tumors and cancer.

Eat healthy and stay away from frankenstein science and you’ll live like your ancestors lived…..long

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
October 5, 2012 11:44 am

My friend went to get checked and was diagnosed with that bogus prostate diagnosis. Was radiated for months through chemotherapy and died after the treatment destroyed his organs.

chemotherapy was used as a weapon in world war 2 against the poor.