A fair bit of panic crept into the Eagles fanbase after last week's preseason contest against the Browns. Michael Vick was knocked down at least five times and generally had rushers in his face all night. Of particular concern was the play of the two rookies Jason Kelce and Danny Watkins, which left a lot of people wondering whether it was smart to start two rookies on the line. Speaking on WIP this week Andy Reid said it doesn't really matter to him whether they're rookies.
"I've got combinations I can use and I'm just trying to find the right one that fits in with what Howard Mudd is doing and what we are trying to get done offensively and I've never been one that cares how old you are or if you a rookie or if you are a second or third, fourth, fifth year player. I don't care as long as I got the right combination."
Reid says that combination they've settled on has been improving every day.
"The one thing we are doing is that we are working in these different combinations and we'll have the right one by the time we get ready for the St.Louis Rams and get ready to play the Rams. Right now the one we are working with is Evan Mathis at left guard and Todd Herremans at right tackle. It looked pretty good today and we'll see how it looks tomorrow. I'm not as concerned as other people. I know we will get it right and they'll gel with that group. Whoever it is. They'll gel and play well."
They'll get a pretty good test in week one against the Rams. St. Louis may not have the pass rushers a team like say... the Giants do, but they do have Steve Spagnuolo in charge and he knows how to craft blitz schemes as good as anyone.