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Chris Williams visiting line-needy Eagles today

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Former Bears first-rounder Chris Williams’ unemployment may not last long.

Williams told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune he was visiting the Eagles Wednesday, the day after being cut by the Bears.

Now, I will get an opportunity to go play somewhere, and I’m excited about that,” Williams said. “The Bears are a good team, they will do well and I will miss the guys. It sucks being released and that type of thing. But sitting on the bench here for the whole year wasn’t going to help me in free agency. Now, I’ll get a chance somewhere else.”

The Eagles offer an opportunity, if he plays to his draft status (which he didn’t in Chicago). Their line has been a mess ever since left tackle Jason Peters was lost to an Achilles tear, rolling Demetress Bell and King Dunlap with mixed results (at best).

Williams started 38 games for the Bears, but most of them ended up at guard, so it will be interesting to see if he can regain his footing for a team that could use the help.

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21 Responses to “Chris Williams visiting line-needy Eagles today”
  1. chifan17 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:16 AM

    Is it the Eagles Oline that’s the real issue or Vick holding the ball too long and being very turnover prone this year?

  2. schmitty2 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:19 AM

    Bear’s fans will easily tell you that is not an upgrade

  3. footba11joe says: Oct 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    If you watch the games, Vick has about 3 seconds to get rid of the ball behind that o-line. He’s seemingly hit after every throw. Fixing the O-line would help the turnover problem.

  4. metalhead65 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    hey chris you were a first round draft pick and could not start on 1 of the worst o-lines in football how much more of a opportunity do you need? you got beat out by a 7th round pick who would not be starting anywhere else. if the eagles have problems protecting vick now wait till they see what happens if he is the starter protecting him.

  5. blackhefner says: Oct 17, 2012 10:26 AM

    Umm its the ” line ” whether a qb holds the ball long or not , their suppose to block the d line and their simply getting pushed back …even stevie wonder can see that. Yea vick is a turn over machine BUT he simply has no time in that pocket ….line sucks PERIOD!

  6. Kreedos says: Oct 17, 2012 10:35 AM

    Wondering why the Cardinals havent reached out? I can already guess Coach Whiz saying, “We’re content with the guys we have out there now”. Total BS. Get on it Cards, cant be any worse than the 19 sacks allowed tackles you have now.

  7. oldbyrd says: Oct 17, 2012 10:39 AM

    Chafani…its both. if you noticed Detroit got rid of the ball with 3 step drops. long patterns won’t work with this line. funny, other teams have backups that can step in and play. Reid makes poor, make that very poor personal decesions. Shaun McDermot, Juan C. The 2nd rounder from Temple SS. The Fireman guard who can’t put out fires…(looks like another flop) Def End Brandon whatever. Can not argue that the def. was not up to par but, Reid needs to go…..same old same old every year. how about Bill Cowher? Think he can bring us a Super Bowl?

  8. jabostick says: Oct 17, 2012 10:57 AM

    Chifan17 – the top two issues, in my mind, are the line and the playcalling (not using Shady enough, pass plays that take too long to develop, etc). A DISTANT third is Vick holding on to the ball too long.

  9. motobus says: Oct 17, 2012 11:25 AM

    The Eagles offensive line also lost Jason Kelce for the year. He played well for them last year and was held in high esteem by Howard Mudd.

  10. illadelphiasphinest says: Oct 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    Its all on the o-line. Vick has no time at all. He gets the snap a boom somone is in his face or on his back. Its a miracle that he isn’t injured.

  11. ronniemexico says: Oct 17, 2012 11:39 AM

    Too bad the Bears aren’t playing the Eagles this year. It would be a banner day for the defense!

  12. jwisz says: Oct 17, 2012 1:26 PM

    Life long Bears fan here…

    I honestly hope that a change of scenery helps this kid turn it around. It obviously didn’t work for him or the Bears in Chicago, but I think it’s silly to see other fans wish ill will on the man or whatever new team he lands on.

  13. dino2997 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:54 PM

    jwisz says:
    Oct 17, 2012 1:26 PM
    Life long Bears fan here…

    I honestly hope that a change of scenery helps this kid turn it around. It obviously didn’t work for him or the Bears in Chicago, but I think it’s silly to see other fans wish ill will on the man or whatever new team he lands on.

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    Yes why would fan wish ill on a player who was a high draft pick for their team while getting paid millions of dollars and doing absolutely nothing. Take a guess where those millions of dollars came from?

  14. jianningwu says: Oct 17, 2012 2:14 PM

    Eagles’ 2nd Round Pick (61st) Bobbie Williams (late of Ravens, Bengals) is a good example of a “change of scenery” lineman.

    Would be nice for the Eagles to be on the positive side of the change of scenery equation this time.

  15. vicksprman says: Oct 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    Every o-line man under the age of 35 with a pulse should be working out for the Eagles this week period!!!

  16. larryboodry says: Oct 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    I wish him well…Always thought the Bears were too quick to give up on Williams, while allowing a stiff like Omiyale to invite defenders into the backfield, when he wasn’t jumping offsides.

  17. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    Can he play center? Ppplllleeeaaassseee!?!?

  18. polapea says: Oct 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    @ phillyphannn83 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    Can he play center? Ppplllleeeaaassseee!?!?
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    No but Evan Mathis can and Williams can play guard.

    Think that would be the best option. Tough bringing in a guy to play center in a new system midseason with the amount of line calls needed.

  19. tom987123 says: Oct 17, 2012 6:45 PM

    Any help we can get on the line would be good.

    Vick gets hammered because he can only throw medium to long routes, or to the side. He can’t throw short crossing routes off the line because he’s too short.

    When Folk was in during the preseason, he would just take a step one way or another. He could also see right over the line. And amazingly, he didn’t get hit as much. Folk can throw short passes and screen passes all day long.

  20. jwisz says: Oct 18, 2012 1:06 AM

    jwisz says:
    Oct 17, 2012 1:26 PM
    Life long Bears fan here…

    I honestly hope that a change of scenery helps this kid turn it around. It obviously didn’t work for him or the Bears in Chicago, but I think it’s silly to see other fans wish ill will on the man or whatever new team he lands on.

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    Yes why would fan wish ill on a player who was a high draft pick for their team while getting paid millions of dollars and doing absolutely nothing. Take a guess where those millions of dollars came from?

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    Did you pay them? Awe man, I’m sorry brother. Allow me to shed a monster-ass tear for you!

    Mistakes happen in the draft, just like they do in FA. If you are the POS type to hope someone doesn’t rebound their life and profession…then hang onto that. That will get you far in life son!

  21. myeaglescantwin says: Oct 18, 2012 11:03 AM

    this is the same problem that SanDiego has.
    The OL cant hold a block for the 7 step drop.

    The issue is, all the coach calls are deep route plays, all of which are 7 step drops.

    Funny how andy is supposed to be a west coast HC,, but he only runs ‘run and gun’ type of plays.

    The entire tabacle in Philly is on Reid. From terrible draft classes to fill the OL, to switching Juan over to DC, to hiring two has been line coaches, to the terrible play of his QB, to the stale production and playcalling.

    No one in the town is killing the OL, QB or even Juan,, we all know that top down changes need to be made. Both Castillo and McDermot were both scapegoats for the failed attempts of Andy Reid.

    one vital pieces needs a change, & that is HC , not QB, or OL or DC.

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