Isaac Seumalo: 'I need to play better, and I will'

Maybe it was oversetting on one play, or playing too high for stretches of time, or just not being as razor sharp as he’d been in the last season or so. Whatever it was, in the mind of Eagles left guard Isaac Seumalo, it’s over. It’s done. It’s time to move on.

Seumalo said on Friday at his locker in the NovaCare Complex after practice that his performance against Atlanta was subpar, and he’s eager to move on to Sunday against the visiting Detroit Lions.

“I didn’t play well,” Seumalo said in a matter-of-fact tone. “I wasn’t happy about it at all. At the end of the day, I take a look in the mirror and say, ‘What could I have done better?’ I could have prepared better and I could have played better. Technically, I was doing some things that I don’t normally do, things that in Training Camp and in the first week (of the regular season, against Washington) I hadn’t done. It’s just one of those games where things kind of pile up.

“I wasn’t happy about it.”

Seumalo watched the film of the game on Tuesday and then, in his words, “moved on” and started studying Detroit’s sturdy, stout front. Even with the struggles of Sunday night, Seumalo, who in the offseason signed a contract extension through the 2022 campaign, knows he’s going to bounce back.

The best thing to do is get right back into the action.

“I still have a ton of confidence in myself going into this Sunday. That’s how I look at it,” Seumalo said. “Since we watched the film, I’ve got to correct my issues and get back to what I’ve been doing and who I am. I have a lot of confidence that I’m going to do that.

“The faster you move on to the next game, the next play, the better you’re going to be.”

Lions head coach Matt Patricia previously coached in New England, so Detroit’s front comes from the Patriots' defense, which employs multiple looks and some unusual alignments. The Eagles are well equipped to handle every front and every scheme, providing they stay true to the techniques taught by line coach Jeff Stoutland.

So, it’s getting-back-to-basics time for the offensive line, with Seumalo in the spotlight.

“I sometimes overthink stuff, so keep telling myself to move past stuff,” he said. “I’m not going to let one game affect the rest of them. I’m going to get back to what I do, what I’ve been doing.”

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