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Eagles' depleted O-line needs to be aware of DeMarcus Ware

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:43 AM

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Eagles' depleted O-line needs to be aware of DeMarcus Ware

Published: Friday, November 09, 2012

By DENNIS DEITCH
dddeitch@delcotimes.com, @DennisDeitch



PHILADELPHIA — Marty Mornhinweg characterized Michael Vick’s performance against the Saints Monday night as “gutty.”

Those guts could get gory Sunday if the Eagles’ second-string offensive line doesn’t get a handle on DeMarcus Ware. The four-time All-Pro outside linebacker hasn’t slowed down; he has nine sacks in eight games and has gotten a paw on a fallen QB in seven of those eight games.

Although the Eagles swept the Cowboys with a pair of convincing wins last season, Ware still managed to bag and tag Vick six times in those two games. That came against Jason Peters and Todd Herremans blocking the edges. Sunday the Eagles plan on starting King Dunlap and Demetress Bell at the tackles. There’s a chance that Ware could chisel his bust for Canton with every hammer shot he takes on Vick.

“DeMarcus Ware can absolutely wreck a game if you allow him to,” Mornhinweg said. “He is one of those special players — one of the best that has ever played.

“(Dallas’ front four) is certainly one of the great fronts in this league at this time. He’s a big reason for that. They have some other players that are playing lights out as well.”

Keep an eye out for Vick lining up as the lone wolf in the backfield — then cover your eyes. Sitting duck is more like it, since the Eagles have allowed three sacks and two fumbles in the last three games when they’ve gone with an empty-backfield formation. Yet Mornhinweg doesn’t seem to see the impending doom in that situation.

“We do some empty stuff, and we’ve been pretty good at it in the past,” he said. “I have felt it was one of our strengths up until the last ballgame. We knew several people and the players have to do the right thing with precision.”

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After believing Herremans would need surgery to fix his unusually broken foot, the Eagles announced that the injury will heal with rest. Herremans was placed on the injured reserved list Wednesday, officially ending his season.

In other injury news, guard Danny Watkins (ankle) did not practice, and running back Chris Polk’s toe injury is bad enough to land him on crutches at the NovaCare Complex Thursday. The Eagles said he’s out for the Dallas game.

Running back LeSean McCoy didn’t practice for the second straight game because of the flu, but there seems to be little doubt he’ll be ready for the Cowboys.

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Special teams coach Bobby April could’ve used a successful gadget play when he had Riley Cooper go “planking” in the Superdome end zone Monday night against the Saints so he could take a cross-field lateral pass from Brandon Boykin on a kickoff late in the third quarter.

The play worked ... except for the part where Boykin’s pass went three yards forward, resulting in a penalty that erased Cooper’s long run with it.

April said getting the trickery right on a kickoff offers unique issues.

“The thing that’s different about a trick play that’s different from an offensive trick play,” he said, “is on an offensive trick play you know exactly where the play is going to initiate.

“(On a kickoff) you don’t know where. You don’t really know. There are a lot of calculations in there ... It’s like breaking a pool table. There’s a lot of different variations on each one. There’s a lot of calculations that need to go on and we didn’t hit it. “