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Eagles trying to build a running offense

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The Eagles hope they drafted their franchise quarterback last year in Carson Wentz, but this year they think the best way to help him develop is not to ask him to do too much.

Toward that end, Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley said, head coach Doug Pederson wants to make sure there are plenty of carries to go around for the newly arrived running backs LeGarrette Blount and Donnel Pumphrey.

“Oh, Doug communicated it himself,” Staley said, via ESPN. “He talked about running the ball: ‘We’re not bringing these guys in here just to sit them up on the shelf. We want to run the ball and we want to impose our will.'”

Staley said Blount’s size and power should make him an imposing problem for opposing defenses.

“Just get back to pounding the ball a little bit, just imposing your will on these defenses, being able to get Blount out there in the secondary,” Staley said. “I’m pretty sure those safeties will think twice about hitting him.”

With safeties thinking twice about Blount, life may be a little easier for Wentz.

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18 Responses to “Eagles trying to build a running offense”
  1. blitzinc43 says: Jun 21, 2017 8:47 AM

    As a close friend of the organization it is interesting to see the Howie still holding onto Ryan Mathews. I wonder what they plan on doing with him moving forward

  2. ckudrick says: Jun 21, 2017 8:51 AM

    Mathews is still here because, by rule, he cannot be cut while injured. Either he gets cleared and is cut or they will eventually reach an injury settlement. I’m sure that the team is hoping for the former.

  3. tylawspick6 says: Jun 21, 2017 9:00 AM

    As a close friend of the organization, I have inside info that Blount will run for 1000 yards this year.

    Book it.

  4. mm556 says: Jun 21, 2017 9:13 AM

    ‘As a close friend of the organization it is interesting to see the Howie still holding onto Ryan Mathews. I wonder what they plan on doing with him moving forward’

    Waiting for him to pass a medical so they can cut him

  5. tvguy22 says: Jun 21, 2017 9:28 AM

    Balanced offense. Balance.

  6. roddoliver says: Jun 21, 2017 9:34 AM

    Trades up to get a QB #2 overall, then builds a running offense to not ask the QB to do too much… Hmmm… Where have I seen this? Mark Sanchez?

  7. laxman1944 says: Jun 21, 2017 9:42 AM

    Pound the rock… good defense…..Now that is a crazy thought…….

  8. jpk6044 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:03 AM

    With Doug “Little Andy” Pederson at the helm, that plan will last the first half of the first game, tops.

  9. redlikethepig says: Jun 21, 2017 10:35 AM

    Another pre-season Superbowl win !!!

  10. cmoney20 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:04 AM

    Uhh durr they have Carson Wentz?!?!? Why even run the ball? I could watch him airmail passes and have other players take the blame for it all day every day.

  11. mojodoa says: Jun 21, 2017 11:10 AM

    Eagles are going to have to blast Dallas size holes in order to get Blount anywhere near the secondary.

  12. pourman says: Jun 21, 2017 11:10 AM

    Asking for a friend…Is it better to have low friends in high places or high friends in low places?

  13. rjth2012 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:47 AM

    As a silent minority owner of several NFL Teams (special NFL EXCEPTION) this is tremendous thinking by The Philadelphia Eagles!
    This will greatly help Carson Wentz to emphasize the running game. Multiple running backs with multiple skill sets will add even more to the running back.
    It will also add to my net worth for the Eagles!

  14. therealtrenches says: Jun 21, 2017 11:56 AM

    The very large Buddy Ryan defense-loving / Andy-Reid offense-hating contingent of the Philly fan base will not agree with me, but I’m gonna say it anyway:

    Pederson showed signs last year of being more committed to the run than his pass-happy mentor.

    However, the loss of Lane Johnson and the mid-season skid by the defense made it harder to keep that commitment. The defense put Wentz and the offense in must-pass situations far too often.

  15. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 21, 2017 12:20 PM

    We will see. Everyone wants to say that Carson will obviously be better with experience but that Dak will regress. Let’s just wait til September before we declare anything.

  16. cosmicredneck81 says: Jun 21, 2017 12:25 PM

    As a cowboy fan I gotta be honest here the blunt signing does make me a bit nervous

  17. fordman84 says: Jun 21, 2017 1:58 PM

    Blount won’t finish the season on the Eagles roster. He can’t play for anyone but NE.

  18. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 22, 2017 10:02 AM

    if only this were true. eagle fans have heard this same tune for nearly 20 years, and it never changes. the pass happy coach (except little chipper who had his own issues) tries a couple running plays, starts passing after that and then says in the post game interview that he should have run the ball more….

    this team is built to be able to set up the pass by running and bringing up the d backs, but we’ll be lucky if we see it.

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