First and foremost, a big shout out to Todd Herremans who was released this week. Todd was one of my favorite players over the years. He played an invaluable role along the Eagles offensive line over the last 10 years. He worked hard, played whatever position was asked and was generally a warrior from week to week. As Tommy Lawlor stated well, this is one of the ugly sides of Pro Football. Hate to see a player like Todd go, but all things must pass. We'll miss him and wish him the best in the next chapter of his career
In Part 5 I highlighted what it looks like when the inside zone play works perfectly. I also mentioned how the Eagles practice this play extensively throughout training camp, practice, etc. The general philosophy here is to teach you unit to run the same play perfectly, almost so they could do it in their sleep against almost any front as opposed to coaching up a bunch of different concepts. When the game comes down to the line and you really need that yard or two, you want to know there is a play you can call that the offensive line can execute. For the Eagles, that's the inside zone. Unfortunately, after enjoying a full season in 2013 with a healthy offensive line, the Eagles got hit with the injury bug in a major way. Discontinuity along the offensive line was one of the major culprits people pointed to for the Eagles step back in 2014. This was certainly a major factor, but the Eagles did have that offensive line for the stretch run when the real collapse happened. The reality is, the offensive line didn't really settle down and gel all year long and the blame can be spread along the entire OL for a number of different reasons.
Let's have a look at just a few of the miscues when running the inside zone this past season.