It's all on the Eagles' line

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA — No group has been more maligned, more slagged this week than the Philadelphia Eagles O-line.

At the snap of the ball one of their chief responsibilities would seem to be to turn to quarterback Michael Vick and yell in unison, ‘Here they come, run for your life.’

No one believes they will do much of a job protecting Vick. No one believes they are up to stopping the Packers’ fierce pass rusher Clay Matthews who totalled 13.5 sacks of the 47 sacks the Packers registered.

Looking back to the early weeks of the season, one of the chief reasons that coach Andy Reid is believed to have turned to Vick as opposed to Kevin Kolb as their quarterback is Vick’s elusive ability and fleetness of foot, attributes deemed fundamental given the porous nature of their offensive line.

As far as the O-line getting a bad rap, centre Mike McGlynn could care less what the critics have been saying.

“It doesn’t matter as long as we win games,” McGlynn said. “It doesn’t matter who gets a good rap and who gets a bad rap. As long as we’re having success in winning games, that’s all the matters.”

Battle

Veteran tackle Jason Peters knows he’s in for a battle when he lines up against Matthews.

“He’s just a good player and when our guys do go up against him, our lineman and (running) backs, we have to be perfect because he’s just such a relentless player,” Peters said. “The biggest thing that he has is that he’s a relentless pass rusher, that means he doesn’t stop and that means that we can’t stop either. There are people faster than him, stronger and bigger — but he’s relentless, he just keeps going. He doesn’t give you just one or two moves, he’ll give you four if he needs to. That’s the biggest difference — that’s what separates him.”

This week everyone was pointing to the poor showing the O-line put in during the loss to Minnesota — but Peters hopes that can provide a teaching moment.

“We need to communicate better and execute better,” Peters said. “That game is behind us and we’re focusing on Green Bay right now. Green Bay, they bring a lot more dynamic blitzes than the Vikings did.”

That could mean one thing for the Eagles — trouble.


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