OL Review: Bell Signing a Disaster

Here’s a player-by-player look at how the Eagles’ offensive line performed on Monday night against the Saints.

And before we get started, I broke down the seven sacks (with images!) in an earlier post, so click here for that.

King Dunlap – This had to be his worst performance of the season. Dunlap struggled throughout, often times with veteran defensive end Will Smith. He did a really poor job against Smith on a play-action sack in the first. Dunlap got beaten by Smith again and allowed a hit on Michael Vick on third down late in the first half. He did a poor job on LeSean McCoy’s 4-yard run in the fourth. And he got beaten by Smith again in the fourth, although Vick walked right into the sack. Smith got past Dunlap and forced Vick to scramble on another play. A couple bright spots: He did a good job on the linebacker on Bryce Brown’s 40-yard run in the first. And Dunlap was effective on the 13-yard McCoy run in the first.

Evan Mathis – To be honest, I pretty much had nothing written down for Mathis. I guess I was focused on watching for glaring errors, and he didn’t have many (although I didn’t notice any exceptional plays either). Mathis was the only true starter left standing on this offensive line Monday night.

Dallas Reynolds – It’s tough to tell how many errors are being made pre-snap and whether Reynolds or Vick are responsible. Reynolds was OK in this one and didn’t have as many issues as his teammates. He missed his block at the second level on McCoy’s 2-yard run in the first. And he failed to pick up Jonathan Vilma, allowing a sack/forced fumble in the first. Reynolds gave up a hit on Vick on third down in the red zone in the third. On the flip side, he did a good job on McCoy’s 25-yard run. And again on Brown’s 8-yard run. He’s actually done some good things in the run game this season.

Dennis Kelly – Last week, I thought he played relatively well, especially considering it was Kelly’s first career start. This week? As Jon Gruden pointed out on several occasions, not so good. Kelly whiffed on his block at the second level on McCoy’s 4-yard run in the first. And he got beaten by Cameron Jordan on the same drive, allowing a hit on Vick. Kelly did not get much of a block on Jordan on McCoy’s 2-yard run in the first. Later, he was gearing up for Curtis Lofton to blitz, but Lofton didn’t rush the passer. Meanwhile, Martez Wilson ran right past Kelly and crushed Vick for a sack. He whiffed on his block on the shovel pass inside the 5, although the play probably would have been stopped anyway. Kelly got tossed aside by Tom Johnson, who then dropped McCoy for no gain. He and Bell allowed a delayed blitzer to get through untouched between them, forcing Vick to scramble in the fourth. If Bell hadn’t gotten beaten so badly on another play, Kelly would have given up the sack, as Akiem Hicks got past him. A couple bright spots (but not many): Kelly and Reynolds created a running lane for McCoy’s 25-yard gain in the first. And he did a decent job on McCoy’s 5-yard run in the second.

Todd Herremans – He played an inconsistent quarter before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Good job by Herremans of pulling on McCoy’s 4-yard run. And he led the way on McCoy’s 8-yard scamper. But Herremans had trouble with Jordan’s speed rush around the edge on Vick’s incompletion to Brent Celek on the first possession. He was beaten badly by Jordan on the sack/forced fumble in the first. And Herremans missed his block against Vilma on the McCoy run that lost 1 yard (right before the red-zone interception). We should find out soon how serious his injury is.

Demetress Bell – The Bell signing looks like a complete disaster. When Jason Peters went down, the Eagles signed Bell to take over at left tackle. The hope was that he would be adequate with a high ceiling. Instead, he has been a complete liability nearly every time he’s stepped onto the field. In this one, Bell entered the game for Herremans in the first. He didn’t get a hand on Vilma as the linebacker dropped McCoy for a loss of 1 in the first. Bell allowed pressure around the edge, forcing Vick to step up and throw short to Stanley Havili in the second. It’s tough to say whether he was expecting help or just got beat as Jordan went right past him and Kelly in the red zone in the third. Bell was beaten by Jordan and gave up a hit on Vick with the Eagles backed up near their own end zone in the third. He did a poor job on McCoy’s 4-yard run in the fourth. Bell was called for a false start in the fourth, and on the very next play, was beaten badly by Jordan for a sack. He and McCoy let Wilson get around the edge, forcing Vick to scramble on the final drive.

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  • saunhi

    So cool- the QB has to guess which lineman gets beat each play.

    The empty backfield sets are simpler to guess.

    Ooh, I know… Vick could audible:)

  • Myke Lowery

    Sheil, what other OT were available at the time Peters got injured? I believe Bell was the so called ‘best’ option at that time. Only if they still had Winston Justice, Mike McGlynn or AQ Shipley… oh nevermind, they’re over in Indy protecting Andrew Luck.

  • saunhi

    It is Vicks good fortune- no Houston (J J Watt) or GBay (Clay Mathews) this year.

    • atlvickfan

      Or Chicago for that matter.

  • djack10

    a couple of questions:

    1. what happened to jamaal jackson, why was he never considered to rejoin the team and take over at center?

    2. understanding that we don’t have the starting 5, doesn’t this start to become mudd’s issue that we’re not adjusting the OL scheme/technique to fit the personnel?

    would love to hear your thoughts on these…

    • limodriver2750

      The only way to change the o-line scheme/technique is to retire Mudd (hopefully at seasons end). It’s Mudd’s way or the highway (see Indy’s o-line). It explains why an otherwise capable lineman can’t line up and play. He’s gotta be Mudd-tutored into his special style of play. Funny how 31 other teams are doing fine w/out his scheme.

      • limodriver2750

        Mudd doesn’t adjust his scheme or plan, the bodies adjust to Mudd.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Gawd, I wish Castillo had kept his mouth shut.

  • philliesfan136

    @ Sheil Kapadia, Are you serious, speaking on Dallas Reynolds…….. ” Reynolds was o.k. in this one. ” EXCEPT for the fact that he, allowed a sack/forced fumble, in the first, and gave up a crucial hit on Mike Vick on third down in the red zone! Also on Dennis Kelly……He Fu&*ed this up and this and that……but on the bright side! PLEASE, after fu%#ing up for 3/4 the game……there is NO bright side. Appreciate the attempt, to try to be somewhat positive, but not this year, we can’t take it. Thanks for 24/7, love it.

  • Eagledelphia59

    I played tackle in high school sign me to a contract I can get beat every play too at least ill touch the end