Philadelphia Eagles Film Study: Grading the Offensive Line After Week 8

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Philadelphia Eagles Film Study: Grading the Offensive Line After Week 8
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For the first time since Andy Reid took over, the Philadelphia Eagles lost after a bye week. It's surprising in one sense because it's always surprising when a 13-year-old streak comes to an end. But given the way this season has played out for the Eagles so far, losing a game is never surprising.

The Eagles took a beating from the Atlanta Falcons to the tune of 30-17, and the score doesn't really paint an accurate picture of just how out-classed the Eagles were this past Sunday.

Additionally, this week's grades might not accurately convey just how thoroughly the Falcons defense had their way with the Eagles offensive line. Because Marty Mornhinweg mixed in a lot more quick passes and timing routes, Michael Vick was getting the ball out of his hand sooner than usual and often times bailing the line out from giving up a few more sacks, hits and hurries.

The entire line often looked confused and all out of sorts. Simple stunts and cross-dog blitzes had the entire line running around in circles or caught totally flat-footed.

It's one thing when exotic blitz packages throw off an offensive line, but it's quite another when even basic schemes are causing such chaos.

Per usual, it was hard to re-watch a lot of this. But there's a lot of bad information and analysis floating around regarding this offensive line, so hopefully my little pet project can help change that.

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