Back to backups: Eagles O-Line notes Week 4
Yesterday’s performance was the worst showing for the Eagles offensive line this season, but with the circumstances surrounding the game, they didn’t play all that bad. Sunday morning, it was revealed that Jack Driscoll would get the nod at right guard, with Landon Dickerson sliding over to left guard.
It was an interesting decision to go with Driscoll over Herbig, but I trust Jeff Stoutland fully, so I won’t argue. Despite that, none of this mattered once Lane Johnson was listed as inactive due to a personal issue. After that announcement, Driscoll slid back out, and Herbig got the nod at RG instead.
Starting four backups, the group did alright against a generally weak Chiefs defensive line. Kansas City was able to send pressure to Hurts but only sacked him three times which didn’t occur until late in the game. According to PFF, none of these sacks were accounted towards the Eagles’ offensive line, who only allowed two QB hits but a total of 20 pressures.
Eagles offensive line grades per PFF:
- Jason Kelce: 93.3 (97.7 pass block)
- Landon Dickerson: 77.6 (44.9 pass block)
- Jack Driscoll: 71.8 (69.7 pass block)
- Andre Dillard: 61.7 (70.8 pass block)
- Nate Herbig: 58.5 (55.1 pass block)
Andre Dillard wasn’t as good as last week, allowing four pressures and hurries on the day, but the biggest critique on Dillard came from the penalties. On the surface, committing four penalties is atrocious, but it’s hard to blame the backup tackle when you look at each one.
One of the calls was holding, but looking at it again, it was a toss-up call where Dillard grabbed his inside shoulder when the defensive end was trying to rip inside. The other calls were on illegal downfield blocks, which was his responsibility. On RPOs, linemen are supposed to block the run and go downfield, with the QB expected to make a quick decision before the linemen get downfield.
Why the refs decided only to call these on Dillard? I don’t know, but it was not his fault at all, and the penalties should not negate your current opinion of him. Landon Dickerson is improving, but only in the running game, it looks. Dickerson graded out with a 92.1 when the Eagles ran the ball, which is phenomenal, but allowed four pressures and hurries in pass pro.
Lane Johnson should hopefully be back for the Eagles next week alongside Jordan Mailata to help relieve some of the pressure. Jack Driscoll will probably slide back into right guard, with Landon Dickerson remaining at left guard for the remainder of the season.
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