The Eagles struggled to give Michael Vick adequate time to throw the football in 2010, giving up 49 sacks total. Head coach Andy Reid refused to ignore this problem and brought in one of the best offensive line coaches in the game, Howard Mudd.
Mudd's blocking scheme uses leaner, more athletic linemen, as opposed to the the 350-pound behemoths Juan Castillo used when he was the line coach. A more athletic line will be a better matchup against teams running the 3-4 defense, which 10 of the Eagles' opponents will run in 2011.
The offensive line has not only gone though a major scheme change, but an entire makeover as well.
Jason Peters is still at left tackle, but every other position has a different player than 2010. Last year's left guard, Todd Herremans, has moved to right tackle after both Ryan Harris and Winston Justice failed to stay healthy. Veteran starting center Jamaal Jackson has been beaten out by 280-pound rookie Jason Kelce, and the right guard spot will be manned by the Eagles' first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Danny Watkins.
The offensive line has gone through some major changes in a very short amount of time and will go through some growing pains. The line is more athletic and is led by a coaching legend.
Expect the line to struggle with communication early on in the season, but it will continue to get better each and every week. This group should be clicking on all cylinders by December, it's just unclear if the Eagles' new $100 million man, quarterback Michael Vick, will still be in one piece.