Touted as one of the best units in the NFL, the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line hasn’t been up to snuff lately. They’ve surrendered 9 sacks in the last 2 games and have come under fire from the fan base. And rightfully so; they’re a much better group than what they’ve put on tape this year.
According to Pro Football Focus’ pressure rates, the Eagles have seen three consecutive weeks of less than ideal performance (25% > 34.6% > 34.1% > 35.7%). They’ve had problems with stunts and blitz packages, they’re losing individual battles, and the support they’ve received from their running backs in pass protection has been.. in a word.. shoddy.
That’s bad news with the Minnesota Vikings coming to town. It’s not that the Vikings have been particularly good at attacking the quarterback this year, but it’s their staple double mug blitzes that could wreak havoc on a team with communication and pick-up issues. To block these up, the line needs to work in concert with the running back, which didn’t happen last week. Unfortunately, Corey Clement handled these blitzes well in the NFC Championship Game, but he’s still not participating in practice as he recovers from a quad injury.
2-min drill, this is what we talked about on the show w/Smallwood. Back-to-back reps just not on the same page with the protection. pic.twitter.com/xz2CIWDJS4— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) October 1, 2018
It needs to be a bounce back game for the unit or the Eagles could see themselves facing the wrong side of .500 for the first time since 2016.
Can it be fixed?
I talked with former All-Pro Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas of 97.5 The Fanatic to ask that very question. We also got into the finer points of line play, including technique, preparation, and he gave me some tips on what I would need to do if I ever found myself having to pass rush against him (I pray it never comes to that).
You can stream the whole conversation with the 3x Pro Bowler on the media player below or you can click here if the player doesn’t load. As always, FLY EAGLES FLY!
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