• December 3, 2022

Eagles Projected Starting Offensive Line Together For 1st Time

The key to Chip Kelly’s success in the first year will be the offensive line.  They’ve got a number of offensive linemen coming back from injuries and yesterday they practiced together for the first time.

JasonPeters21Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland had the projected starting offensive line, Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herreman and Lane Johnson, together for the first time yesterday.

He had them working on a hurry up drill at the beginning of practice.  The big guys were simply lining up, getting off on the snap running for about ten yards, then getting lined up again, getting off on the snap and going for another ten yards, while the coach was moving the ball from a hashmark on one side of the field to a hashmark on the other.  They did this for about eight plays.  This is the type of conditioning that the Eagles offensive line will be dealing with.

They might as call that drill the Chip Kelly drill because they’re going to try to use that hurry up to fatigue opposing defensive lines.

I talked to Kelce after his first practice with the team since his knee injury.

“It felt awesome,” said Kelce after practice. “I haven’t played football really against a defense in eight months. Not only that, but it felt good to have all the guys there that are projected to be there.”

He’s battling some tendonitis, which is understandable.  The young center says he will need to wisely manage his comeback.   Kelce is the key to offensive line because he’s going to be making a lot of the line calls, which requires him reading the defensive alignment and making a decision.

Kelce has the type of attitude which was missing last year.  The dude is a fighter, who He’s a leader, who is very tough.

Peters is another huge key to the success of this squad.  Im sure Kelly is dreaming of getting LeSean McCoy the ball out in open field with Peters in front of him.  The big offensive tackle has revolutionized the offensive tackle position with his ability to get downfield on screens and quick traps.  He given many a defensive back nightmares when leading a running back downfield into the secondary.

When asked about whether he had lost any quickness or speed from his Achilles tendon surgery, Peters told guys to check him out when they put on the pads.  He said he’s just as good as he was before he got hurt.

The Birds offensive line may be the most important unit on the team. The Eagles are going to be a team that depends on its running game to control the ball, then they’re going throw play action passes after they get that running game going.  Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur want to keep defenses moving and thinking, while they run the football on them.  The offensive line will be responsible for opening holes for LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk and/or Felix Jones.

If their running game is as good as they hope it will be, it will take pressure off of the quarterback position and the defense.  If they can’t run the ball, they’re in trouble.


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June 5, 2013 11:53 am

with that line all together and healthy McCoy should have a season like 2011

June 5, 2013 12:42 pm

I don’t see McCoy getting to those Numbers of 2011 since he will split the Carries.. Kelly likes to rotate his backs/receivers in and out to keep them fresh, to present different match-ups,etc,etc.. McCoy will probably get 15-18 Carries a Game with another 10-15 carries split between Brown/Jones/Polk but McCoy will see more Pass Receptions, but the days of him getting 24-25 Carries a Game himself are gone which is probably a good thing and should help MCCoy be fresher late in Games, and for later in the Season…

June 5, 2013 1:08 pm
Reply to  paulman

McCoy had 24+ carries 1 time last year, 4 times in 2011-2012,0 times in 2010-2011, 0 times in 2009-2010. 5 times in 4 years. and 11 times out of 64 games he has got 20+. never has been a volume guy

i think mccoy will have some trouble in the zone blocking scheme, but we shall see

June 5, 2013 1:25 pm
Reply to  mhenski

I think that had to do with Reid. Reid, through his history, has always maxed out his RB carries around 22. A couple times he went over that with Duce, but it for the most part, stayed consistent through Duce, West, and McCoy.

I can easily see McCoy getting more carries this year….though I have no idea how much Kelly will rotate his backs. He had about a 3-1 ratio on his top to second back last year at Oregon.

June 5, 2013 1:26 pm

Though I do agree that mcCoy might not be the best fit for a one-cut running scheme….I think Brown (if he stops fumbling) works better with that….

June 5, 2013 1:34 pm

and thats a shame vin, i think mccoy has lots of talent just scared he wont succeed in this scheme

June 5, 2013 7:38 pm
Reply to  mhenski

4 Times in 2011 will be 4 more than he will get in 2013
I agree that the Zone Blocking schemes will present some challenges but will also offer some easy 4-5-6 Yard Gains if he makes the 1 cut and goes,
McCoy does need to limit his dancing around and trying for the homerun all the time and take what the hole/pkay calls for and take the easy yards to the 2nd level then make his shifty moves..

June 5, 2013 2:06 pm

McCoy will be fine. He’s going to get touches this year. Something he has been waiting for his entire career. It will be a fast O that will rely on getting the ball moving within the first 2 seconds from snap. That means… confusion and LB’s freezing up at the go. I expect big things from him this year and see no reason his #’s should dip.