Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg met the media today and talked about the struggles of the offensive line and what the offensive line might do without LeSean McCoy.
First, his response to whether the penalties on the offensive line are lack of discipline or compensating for lack of talent.
"Now, I thought there was one close call. A couple others that were just perfect positioning and took him to the ground. You can't do that in this league anymore. Back in the old days, that was considered a heck of a block. You cannot twist a guy and put him on the ground, and a couple of those occurred. And then there's been a couple of the holding calls that just were not needed. A man's releasing and then a hand goes out and you just can't do those things during the play. Now the discipline thing, big picture, everything's just a little different in each situation, but the discipline thing, the pre-snap, or post-snap, but during the play, we've just got to get that corrected, because it's holding us back just a little bit there."
One of the major concerns this week is what the Eagles offense might look like if LeSean McCoy can't play. Will they go with one primary back in his absence or a RB by committee?
"Both are possibilities right now. There's going to be several decisions here, made late in this week. So we're getting on a plane, and I hope it's on paper Friday, and it could be Saturday. And then you're handwriting a few things there. So there's going to be several decisions made very late in this week on how we're going to operate. Everybody's ready with their preparation. Some guys are getting the hard work on the field, some guys are trying to get themselves ready physically, but all of the preparation's going to be there."
On whether he anticipates having RB LeSean McCoy play on Sunday and if not, what is he able to do with the group of running backs that will play:
"Well, we'll see on [McCoy]. He's day-to-day. He's a tough guy, now. I'll tell you what, you put the film on in that second half, you would have never thought that he had any type of injury at all. Tough guy. Give him credit for that. He played hard. He played physical, even when he was banged up just a bit there. I think [RB] Mike Bell's an outstanding back. He's ready to go. We also have a couple other guys that I don't want to get into quite yet, personnel-wise, but they'll be ready to go, as well."
On why Mike Bell's numbers are down:
"Just too few of tries there for him. Look, there was a couple that he had some chances on there, but Mike Bell's the type of guy that he'll get better as the game goes on."
On whether his injuries at training camp have held him back early in this season:
"Well, it's irrelevant now. I think he's ready to go now. I think he's pretty comfortable how we do things and exactly what his responsibilities are, so I think we're alright there."