Pro Football Focus did their yearly ranking of NFL offensive lines and after a 17th place finish last season, the Eagles rocketed up to #2 in this year's rank. Here's what they had to say.
Run Rank 1st, Pass Rank 12th, Penalties Rank 22nd
Blocking for Michael Vick isn't always easy, but the Eagles did a great job of putting him in a position to succeed. The left side in particular was superb, forming one of the best tandems we've graded since the inception of Pro Football Focus (earning a combined +62.2 grade). There were some issues at the right guard spot, and you wonder if Todd Herremans (+2.4) is best served protecting anyone's blindside, but this line has it in them to dominate.
Best Player: If Jason Peters (+27.6) was protecting a right handed QB, the left tackle would get the nod. As it is, he doesn't, and so the incredible year Evan Mathis (+34.6) had should result in a healthy contract for the veteran.
Worst Player: Just being old for a rookie doesn't mean you're NFL-ready. Danny Watkins (-8.4) was proof of that.
If you had to point to a single reason for the improvement, it would probably be Howard Mudd. That said, there was a major personnel shakeup as well. Only Jason Peters returned at the same spot from the 2010 line. Todd Herremans moved to RT and three new starters were brought in. Considering two were rookies, this line which was already so good last year certainly has room to grow and improve.