Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line really can not get much worse, and can use all of the help that it can possibly get.
But the return of Eagles’ King Dunlap to his post at left tackle is about as note-worthy as when Arizona Cardinals’ John Skelton returned at quarterback for his team. Completely insignificant.
Replacing one awful player with a slightly less awful player deserves no more than a shoulder shrug from NFL fans nation-wide.
I’ll be the first to admit that fill-in LT Demetress Bell has made a joke out of himself and everybody who has given him a chance to play professional football, but “The King” has similarly proven to be nothing more than a jester.
When the Eagles’ perennial Pro-Bowl LT Jason Peters went down in the off-season with consecutive Achilles injuries, everybody knew it would be a challenge for the team.
But I can confidently say that nobody thought it would be this bad.
Just the fact that Bell had originally manned the starting left tackle spot in training camp before Dunlap overtook him is really embarrassing.
Anybody, just look at the game film of Bell this season and be the witness to #77 constantly retreating, lunging and falling over himself in an attempt at playing actual football. And then consider the fact that he was actually supposed to be the starter at first after Peters went down.
Nobody knows the pain of losing Peters as well as Eagles’ QB Michael Vick, both figuratively and literally.
Vick has seemingly spent more time on his back this season than he has on his feet. Even when Vick is actually able to complete a pass down-field, he has the crown of a defender’s helmet at his chin within a split-second.
If Vick wasn’t such an elusive athlete, I don’t even want to think about what would be happening behind the line of scrimmage for the Eagles. Vick continues to take countless hits all over his body even though he has constantly bailed out his offensive line with his legs.
The sad thing is, I don’t see it getting much easier for Vick this season.
Not only are scrub #1 (Dunlap) and scrub #2 (Bell) embarrassing themselves at the left tackle position, but first-year starting center Dallas Reynolds has no place being on the field either.
I can’t even exclude the Eagles’ duo of guards, Evan Mathis and Danny Watkins from criticism, as they have greatly underachieved as well. Even Eagles’ RT Todd Herremans, who is a veteran staple on their o-line, has been less than impressive all season.
So in reality, the return of Dunlap at left tackle means nothing.
Even if some actual talent springs out of Dunlap (which it won’t), it will just be a question of who else is going to get beat around the edge on the next play.
So good luck to you Mr. Vick. You’re going to need it.
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