GLENDALE, Ariz. – Time is not on the Eagles’ side as they work on familiarity up front offensively. In the cadence of the NFL regular season, the practice reps are few before the snap count is live in a game.
With the ferocious Giants front four waiting, the Eagles know they have a lot of work to do to get
Sunday’s game was a rough introduction for the men up front. Quarterback
“They showed us some things we hadn’t seen, and they did it very well,” said right guard
That plan is likely to be repeated in the weeks to come, and while it is far more complicated than what follows, the basic premise is to play downhill against this offense and blitz, blitz and blitz some more, whether it’s off the edge or between the guards.
“They came after us quite a bit and we handled some of it and other times we didn’t handle it very well,” said left guard
Truth is, the Eagles need to improve on just about everything offensively. The blueprint for teams to follow is clear: Put pressure on the line of scrimmage and force Vick to throw the ball quickly.
“It was loud out there and they were getting off the ball,” said Bell, making his first Eagles start at left tackle. “We moved the ball well at times, but it wasn’t enough.”
Reynolds has a large responsibility as a first-time starter. He’s got to help make adjustments based on what he sees from the defense, he’s got to get the ball to Vick cleanly and then get into the second level and find the right man to block.
“I think I did some good things but I know I have a lot of work to do,” he said. “It’s just something where I need to get better every day, keep working hard and trust my coaches. I think it got better as the game went along. I feel like we’re going to get there.”