The Philadelphia Eagles‘ offensive line, on paper, looked like a strength of the football team going into the season. So far? It’s been a glaring weakness. The last two weeks in particular have been a nightmare for the offensive line. Quarterback Michael Vick has faced far too much pressure both in his face and from the blind side in what has been a disappointing start to the season for the starting five.
This can’t become a trend. The offensive line is far too talented to struggle like this. It consists of a mostly veteran group aside from rookie Lane Johnson.
What is surprising is while Johnson has had his share of rookie mistakes, it is some of the veterans who are underperforming. All-Pro tackle Jason Peters got pushed around in a way I haven’t seen before a few weeks ago by dangerous pass rusher Tamba Hali. While he played decently last week, he still looks rusty coming off an injury.
Todd Herremans, who has just moved back to guard, has struggled for much of the season. He isn’t anchoring well and a lot of the inside push that opposing defenses are generating falls on him. Jason Kelce has struggled with simply snapping the football at times and has allowed pressure in Vick’s face.
Not much can be said for Evan Mathis. He is still in Pro Bowl form and despite a few penalties, he has played near flawless football. He certainly hasn’t been the problem.
This offensive line needs to start playing as a unit. This is a new group in their first year together. It was expected that they would need to iron out some kinks during the season.
However, it is now at the season’s quarter pole. They are in for a big challenge Sunday going up against the New York Giants and their talented pass rush. While he has struggled this year, Jason Pierre-Paul is still one of the more feared pass rushers in the league. The Giants also feature great depth along the defensive line.
Now is the time for the Eagles’ offensive line to snap out of it and start playing the way they are capable of. The Eagles’ season rides on it.