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Eagles cut former starter Brian Rolle, to add to special teams

Brian Rolle,  Bilal Powell AP

Eagles linebacker, make that former Eagles linebacker Brian Rolle, has made a quick trip from starter to unemployed.

According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Rolle was released Tuesday after the Eagles began to leak on special teams against the Giants.

Rolle started 13 games at weakside linebacker last year, but was demoted to special teams this season and didn’t excel there.

When Giants rookie David Wilson averaged 36.2 yards per kickoff return, they made a change, bringing back linebacker Adrian Moten, who they cut in the preseason.

The Eagles also brought back offensive lineman Julian Vandevelde to the practice squad, releasing spare long snapper Kyle Nelson, who was deemed unnecessary when Jon Dorenbos recovered from an ankle injury in time to play Sunday night.

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22 Responses to “Eagles cut former starter Brian Rolle, to add to special teams”
  1. drmonkeyarmy says: Oct 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    Might as well only have provided the link, since the “author” of this piece essentially copied word for word what Bowen wrote in his piece.

  2. mrsandusky says: Oct 2, 2012 10:56 AM

    Everyone knows his nickname is cinnamon Rolle right? I got it because he has to roll his member up like a cinnamon roll to fit it in his uniform.

  3. whatnojets says: Oct 2, 2012 11:05 AM

    Did I just hear the telephone ringing?

    Must be Rex calling……

  4. bigregg75 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:07 AM

    The Eagles need to pick up Adrian Moten again

  5. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:11 AM

    Im already over the Giants win and now discouraged by the NFL Scheduling committee giving us 3 straight games against teams coming off a bye! Thats completely unacceptable. We’ve got a combined 3 weeks to prepare for 3 games against teams with a combined 6 weeks to prepare. Thats ridiculous.

    However, if we can come through that successfully, my excitement level will surely skyrocket! Right now though, Im nervous.

  6. laeaglefan says: Oct 2, 2012 11:15 AM

    It will take more than just cutting Rolle to fix the problem on Special Teams. Bobby April is the one who should go, since he’s the one responsible for teaching these guys how to tackle and get in the right position to make plays.

  7. tjt5055 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:27 AM

    A little disappointing. I thought Brian Rolle was the team’s best Linebacker last year.

    And I get that the Special Teams needs to improve, but I would have rather cut Chris Polk, Casey Matthews or David Sims.

    I really don’t get why this team even has four Running Backs.

  8. phillyinmiami says: Oct 2, 2012 11:36 AM

    I’m starting to think the same thing, laeaglefan. When April came in, he was touted as one of the best ST guys in the league, and a coup for the Birds. Not only are our kick coverages ridiculous, but none of the return guys we keep drafting/signing can get anything going — not because they aren’t good, but because no sooner do they catch the ball than they’re being tackled. Say what you want about Desean’s lack of focus last year, but his lack of great returns was a direct result of poor ST schemes and blocking. Right now, only the Lions are standing in the way of the Eagles being the worst ST unit in the league…

  9. davionmcconnell says: Oct 2, 2012 11:41 AM

    I feel you but the way we’ve been playing I dont see us winning against the steelers

  10. bobbyhoying says: Oct 2, 2012 11:46 AM

    Maybe April didn’t get the guys he wanted when the cuts were made. Obviously some Eagles were not doing their jobs on Sunday night. Every kick-off looked the same. They couldn’t adjust. Why can’t Alex Henry boot them out of the end zone like so many other kickers?

  11. laeaglefan says: Oct 2, 2012 12:04 PM

    “Right now, only the Lions are standing in the way of the Eagles being the worst ST unit in the league…”

    I guess when the Eagles play the Lions we should see a lot of long returns.

    “Why can’t Alex Henery boot them out of the end zone like so many other kickers?”

    I asked that same question. But even so, the returner should be tackled inside the 25 yard line. Sunday night’s ST performance was just pathetic.

  12. chrisvegas says: Oct 2, 2012 12:40 PM

    @phillyinmiami – Exactly. We can’t block at all on special teams. Our special teams has been a disaster so far this season. Our kicker can’t kick the ball out of the endzone and our guys can’t tackle. We are constantly starting at our ten, rather then having short fields to work with. Our special teams almost cost us the NY game. We need to get this fixed asap.

  13. theuglitruth says: Oct 2, 2012 12:47 PM

    Another “great” draft pick by the Eagles…typical.

  14. jianningwu says: Oct 2, 2012 1:22 PM

    > Another “great” draft pick by the Eagles…typical.

    A 6th round pick? One could argue that the Eagles have muffed picks rounds 1-3 in the last 5 years, but they’ve actually done pretty well in the later rounds.

  15. eepobee says: Oct 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    phillyphannn83 says:
    Oct 2, 2012 11:11 AM
    Im already over the Giants win and now discouraged by the NFL Scheduling committee giving us 3 straight games against teams coming off a bye! Thats completely unacceptable. We’ve got a combined 3 weeks to prepare for 3 games against teams with a combined 6 weeks to prepare. Thats ridiculous.
    ==========
    i concur phillyphann. it isn’t actually 3 byes, it’s a Thursday night game (giants) and then 2 teams coming off byes (steelers & lions). but 3 straight games where the opponents get extra time to prepare is ridiculous. there are also 2 more games (week 11 vs. redskins and week 13 vs. dallas) where their opponents get extra time to prepare (redskins off bye and dallas off thursday game). I’m going to investigate the rest of the league to see if this is as imbalanced as it looks.

  16. greymares says: Oct 2, 2012 2:06 PM

    What’s keeping Casey Mathews on this team? the only answer i’ll accept is his brother is coming over to play with him on this team

  17. janvanflac says: Oct 2, 2012 2:31 PM

    although Andy Reid has never lost after a bye, Adam Caplan pointed out on philadelphiaeagles.com that not all teams play well after a bye week, especially earlier in the season. So maybe it’s not as much of a disadvantage as it seems like.

  18. steeler1nation says: Oct 2, 2012 7:46 PM

    Brian Rolle is a playmaker! He’s better than than flunky Matthews.
    Stupid move by the Eagles.
    They should worry less about their environmental/globUll “warming” awareness bs campaign, and more about keeping the right players.

  19. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:23 PM

    eepobee, I believe the Atlanta Falcons are coming off a bye too, which makes it 3 straight, 4 straight against teams with extra time if you include the Giants coming off a Thursday game.

  20. denzal30 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:49 PM

    Kick the ball out the end zone, we got a hang time specialist as a punter get down field special teams players leave no room to run!

  21. nitro276 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:53 PM

    Brian Rolle had the potential to be a blue collar, peoples’ champ kind of player. I was disappointed to see him cut. Should have cut that long-haired kid whose brother plays for the Packers.

  22. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 4, 2012 9:26 AM

    Rolle can’t run for sh¡t downfield for kickoff coverage, Casey Matthews, as much as he sucks, can. That’s why Rolle is gone and Matthews isn’t.

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