Comparing the Eagles Offense: 2004 vs. 2010

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Eagles left guard Todd Herremans returned to practice today from the PUP list. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

Todd Herremans wins the comparison at left guard, but otherwise you have to go with the 2004 offensive line. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

Offensive Line

2004: Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan were the bookends with Artis Hicks at left guard, Hank Fraley at center and Jermane Mayberry at right guard. Thomas and Runyan combined for four Pro Bowls, Mayberry went once and Fraley and Hicks were solid players.

2010: Jason Peters and Winston Justice are the tackles with Todd Herremans at left guard, Mike McGlynn at center and a combination of Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles at right guard.  Peters is a three-time Pro Bowler, but nobody else has gained any career accolades.

Edge: 2004 definitely gets the advantage here.  While Peters is playing very well of late, you have to give the advantage to Tra Thomas at left tackle.  Runyan was one of the toughest players in the league during his career, and while Justice has made strides since coming into the league, Runyan gets an advantage there as well.  Fraley and Mayberry were both decidedly better in 2004 than McGlynn and Cole/Jean-Gilles are now.  Herremans gets the nod over Hicks, but that’s the only place where the 2010 squad has the edge.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has gotten better production than Brad Childress out of a similar unit. How much is because of Mornhinweg?

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has gotten better production than Brad Childress out of a similar unit. How much is because of Mornhinweg?

Overall

2004: The Eagles ranked eighth in the league in scoring offense and ninth in yards, averaging 24.1 points and 351 yards per game.  The Eagles weren’t particularly consistent in their scoring though, being held to 19 or fewer points 7 times while going over 30 points six times, including two games in which they scored 40-49 points.  The Birds average output was good, but they laid a few eggs as well, being held to single digit points twice.

2010: Philadelphia sits second in the NFL with 28.7 points per game and 400.7 yards per contest.  More impressive, the Eagles have been held to 19 or fewer points just twice, while scoring 20-39 points 9 times.  The only big outlier was the 59 point performance on Monday Night in Washington, D.C.  Overall, the 2010 Eagles have had a more reliable offensive output.

Edge: The only big advantage in any personnel group went to the 2004 offensive line, while the 2010 squad has a slight advantage at quarterback, running back and tight end.  Perhaps it’s the Eagles deeper wide receiving corps that has led to more consistent offensive output, or maybe it’s the coaching staff.  Reid has a few more years under his belt and Marty Mornhinweg is putting together a much better 2010 than Brad Childress had in 2004 as offensive coordinator.  It’s a close call, but the 2010 offense appears to be a little bit better than the 2004 version.

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