Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Eagles Looking To Be On the Run

BETHLEHEM, PA -- The Eagles have vowed to run the ball more this year. Haven't we heard that before?
The Birds only ran the ball 35.6 percent of the time last season. That wouldn't have been so bad, but the Eagles averaged just 19.4 points per game.
The person who certainly wouldn't mind a bigger emphasis on running the ball is running back Brian Westbrook, who only averaged 13 carries per game.
Westbrook has maintained that he is not the injury-prone back that he has been portrayed and could easily handle 20 carries per contest.
"I think we have better depth at running back and that should really help us," Westbrook said.
Of course if Correll Buckhalter can continue his comeback after missing the past two seasons with a torn right patellar tendon in his right knee, the Eagles would have much better depth.
Remember, last year the Birds had to rely on players such as Lamar Gordon to carry the freight. Gordon and his 3.4 yards per carry average didn't cut it.
With Westbrook, a healthy Buckhalter, and two improving young backs in Ryan Moates and Bruce Perry, the Eagles will be much more equipped to run the ball.
After last season's 6-10 debacle, maybe it hit Reid that the Eagles have to run the ball more. They will never be like the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi, but it shouldn't be too much to ask for them to at least get over the 40 percent mark in running the ball.
Nothing demoralizes an opponent more than running it down their collective throats. The Eagles would be using their heads by employing a better balance between pass and run.

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