ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 11: Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles lines up against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles beat the Rams 31-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Last weekend, we took a look at the "leap year" prospects of the Eagles players heading in their 2nd season. One of those was C Jason Kelce, who I mentioned would be taking the responsibility of making line calls this year. Last year, that was Michael Vick's job.
Some of you vehemently disagreed with this idea, claiming that under Howard Mudd, the center would never make line calls. However, it appears that this is not the case. Kelce confirmed to CSNPhIlly that he will be making the line calls this season.
"Last year, my involvement in the protections was just to get us started," Kelce said. "Whatever the rule was for the week, whatever the rule was for the protections for a given opponent, I would get us started. It was Mike's job to make the corrections to make the audibles if that first initial play was off or if the defense was giving us something we weren't expecting.
"Now, they're giving me a little more leeway to make those corrections. We're not eating as much time off the clock. We're not having me make a call, then having Mike change it. We're trying to eliminate as much of that as we can."
This is the standard way line calls work. Even in Indy, Jeff Saturday had the job. Peyton Manning was free to change the calls as he saw fit, just as Michael Vick will be, but the center makes the majority of the calls and adjustments. The only reason it didn't work that way last year was that Kelce was a rookie and had no offseason to learn.