The offensive line has looked the best it has all season lately, but the Philadelphia Eagles want to shake things up a bit.
This season, the Philadelphia Eagles have seen a significant decrease in protecting the quarterback. We’ve said it early on in the year that as long as pass rushers were getting to Carson Wentz as quickly as they were, we could expect the quarterback to get hurt sooner than later. And what do you know? Wentz ended up suffering a season-ending back injury that developed over a two-month span after countless hits.
Recently though, the Eagles have done a stellar job at protecting the quarterback. I’m not exactly sure what has been different for Philly’s front line to make them better, but we are all aware that Stefen Wisniewski has been thrown back into the mix. Is that a coincidence? Well, it seriously could be. Just remember, the Eagles offensive line looked rough with Isaac Seumalo on the field last year early on. But once he was benched for ‘Wiz,’ the offensive line started hitting their stride.
This year, the decisions on the offensive line have been a bit confusing. Wisniewski was benched for Seumalo earlier on, but the veteran guard argued that his play wasn’t the reasoning for the decision. Apparently, somebody on the offense felt more comfortable with Seumalo, not Wisniewski in the game. The Eagles coaching staff wouldn’t confirm this theory, and the offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland shot down Wiz’s statement. Since then, we haven’t heard about it.
As Wiz settles in, the Eagles shake things up
Lately, the Eagles have had no choice but to play Stefen Wisniewski as Isaac Seumalo has been battling an upper-body injury. Over the last few weeks, the offensive line has started to come around and playing at somewhat of a high level. Apparently though, the Eagles still don’t seem to think too highly of Wisnewski at this point.
This week, Seumalo has returned to practice, and already he has been thrown back into the mix as a starter at left guard. And according to NJ Advanced Media’s Zack Rosenblatt, the Eagles have every intention of starting Seumalo over Wisniewski this week as long as Seumalo doesn’t suffer any setbacks from his pectoral injury.
Doug Pederson wasn’t ready to commit to Seumalo earlier in the week, but seeing as though Seumalo was getting reps with the starters in practice, it only makes sense that he plans on sending Wisniewski back to the bench this week.