Notes: Chip And the Offensive Line

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

In the oft-referenced presentation Chip Kelly gave at the NIKE coaches clinic back in 2009, the  head coach declared: “The five offensive linemen are the key to your football team.”

Considering how much he values the run game and offense overall, it’s unlikely that he left that philosophy behind at Oregon. And yet his actions have done little to back that philosophy up since arriving in Philadelphia.

The Eagles did use the No. 4 overall pick on Lane Johnson during Kelly’s first year with the team. However, they have made 20 draft selections since then spanning three years, and not one has been an o-lineman. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Matt Tobin Time

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ run game was just getting going. Although they only averaged 3.2 yards per carry against the Jets, it was a season-high and they totaled 123 rushing yards, nearly double what they combined for in their first two games.

Then, starting right guard Andrew Gardner injured his foot in the first half against New York.

“It does suck because I was getting comfortable next to Gardner,” right tackle Lane Johnson said. “Me and Andrew were starting to jell pretty good.” Read more »

Injury Notes: Replacing Andrew Gardner

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

With Andrew Gardner out for the season with a foot injury, the Eagles must go to the reserves for answers at right guard. Pat Shurmur said that both Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly would work in there, with Tobin getting the first crack at it today.

“Dennis is a bigger guy. Tobin’s got good quickness,” said Shurmur when asked to compare the two. “He does a good job of getting to the second level. Dennis is maybe just a little firmer at the line of scrimmage, but they’re both very good guards.” Read more »

Eagles Place Andrew Gardner On IR

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles placed Andrew Gardner on injured reserve after he left the Jets game early with a foot injury Sunday. Gardner earned the starting right guard spot in training camp after the departures of Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans.

The team also officially announced they placed Cody Parkey on IR and signed Caleb Sturgis and Julian Vandervelde. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelce On State Of the O-Line

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The rotating cast at right guard welcomed another member Thursday as newcomer John Moffitt stepped in with the first team.

There have been four training camp practices so far, and we’ve seen three different men fill the position. Matt Tobin has gotten the nod twice, Andrew Gardner ran with the ones on Monday and now Moffitt has had a turn.

No matter who wins out, Jason Kelce will be working with someone new on either side of him. Old partners Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans were both released this offseason, so Kelce is now charged with developing chemistry in short order with a pair of new dance partners. It appears that Allen Barbre will be one of them. He has consistently worked at left guard since the offseason program began and has the backing of his coaches and teammates. Right guard is another story. With no standout at the moment, the musical chairs could continue through the summer. Kelce says he’s OK with that. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What They See In Tobin, Barbre

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During an interview session with reporters last month, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was asked about the luxury of having stability at both tackle spots and center.

“The other player that I really think is underrated is Allen Barbre,” he responded. “Allen Barbre is a really good player. We have a lot of confidence in him and his abilities.”

This has been the general sentiment shared by all parties at the NovaCare Complex – Stoutland, Chip KellyJason Peters, etc.

Barbre has started just eight games in seven NFL seasons. In two years with the Eagles, he has played 122 snaps. Yet whatever he’s doing at practice, in the weight room and at meetings has teammates and coaches convinced he’s ready for a starting role. Remember, Barbre was penciled in as a starter after the Eagles released Todd Herremans. He’ll just move to the more comfortable left side now that Evan Mathis is no longer in the mix. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The State Of the O-Line

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ offensive line situation took a hit Thursday evening as the team released Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis.

The move is puzzling because the team had all the leverage here. Mathis was under contract, and as Tim reported, he was planning on showing up to mandatory minicamp next week. Would he have been happy? Maybe not. But Mathis was in the exact same situation last year. He still showed up, played his butt off and was consistent and dependable once again.

Why then cut ties with him when there are no obvious replacements on the roster? Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Here’s what we saw during Eagles OTAs on Monday.

12:25 – A shoutout to Andy Reid off the top today. We’ll start with injuries. DeMeco RyansMarcus Smith IIEarl Wolff and Julian Vandervelde are working off to the side. Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles are not here. The Eagles did not provide any reasons why. The OTAs are voluntary.

12:30 – I hate to keep providing video of the defensive linemen, but they are the guys who have been practicing closest to us. Here, they’re working on their pass-rush and their hands with Jerry Azzinaro. Read more »

Depth Chart Projection: Eagles Offense

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles begin OTAs a week from today at the NovaCare Complex, so now seems like a good time to take a look at their depth chart.

We’ll do the offense today and the defense tomorrow. Before the big unveil, a few notes:

  • This is a beginning depth chart, not necessarily what I expect it to look like in early September.
  • Having said that, for the purpose of this exercise, we’ll assume that every player is healthy and in attendance.
  • Below the actual depth chart are position-by-position breakdowns. More than anything, this is meant to provide an overall look at where the roster stands, but there’s no harm in guessing where things might be headed in the coming months.

Without further ado… Read more »

Eagles Releasing Todd Herremans

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles will release veteran guard Todd Herremans today, a source confirmed to Tim McManus.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan was first with the report.

Herremans started 124 games since the team drafted him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of Saginaw Valley State. He lined up all across the offensive line, played through pain and was by all accounts well-liked by teammates. Read more »

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