Eagles Training Camp: Brian Westbrook's Impact and Red Zone Troubles

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2008

Today's morning practice moved indoors, much to the chagrin of the hundreds of fans who came to camp today to see an offense which coach Marty Mornhinweg says has some talent.

"We're healthy and certainly it looks like we have some skill and ability. That's the main thing."

Mornhinweg's offense struggled in the red zone last year. It took him no time to start working the rookies through the red zone offense today in Rauch Fieldhouse.

"We weren't very good in the red zone. We were very good in many other factors of the game, but that red zone was not good. That starts with me. We always change. If something's wrong we're going to fix it, and we did that throughout the season and thought we had it clicking there about mid-season and then we reverted back. And so yes, we've done many things there to improve our red zone production."

One key component to the offense has raised questions about whether he would report to camp today. Mornhinweg says the off the field issues won't affect Brian Westbrook's play.

"Brian's a professional football player and he goes about his business a certain way, and he's an excellent team leader. I'd be surprised if that were to ever change."

The offensive coordinator says having a little distraction caused by the Westbrook situation isn't a big deal.

"There's always distractions. Some adversity is pretty good because you're going to have adversity through the season and you have to overcome those things. There's nothing wrong with a little bit of adversity."

Despite the adversity Westbrook might cause, Mornhinweg says the Eagles need the Pro Bowler in camp.

"I think he's a great player for us, and I think he's even more valuable for us. He does many things and he does them all very well, he does them all at a high level. He's a dynamite player."

Even with the talent Westbrook possesses and the addition of tail-back Lorenzo Booker, Coach Mornhinweg says don't look for more plays in the ground game.

"We were 60-40 last year, in fact I thought there were several times that we had to over-use Brian just a little bit. Brian's a big weapon, but too much is just about not enough. So we'll try and do the right thing there with Brian."

Westbrook's attendance at camp will help a red zone unit that struggled to score. Those struggles led to the Eagles being, in terms of yardage differential, one of the best eight and eight teams in NFL history.


Jameson Fleming is an intern at ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 and will be at Training Camp every day filing radio reports and publishing his transcripts on Bleacher Report.