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Eagles hoping for 'small' improvements from offensive line

Philadelphia's offensive line struggled against the Lions, and the Eagles coaching staff is looking for small improvements from that group going forward.

Joe Robbins

The Eagles are coming off a bye and face the Falcons on Sunday, and the offensive line will need to show improvement against undefeated Atlanta if Philadelphia wants to get a victory. Offensive line coach Howard Mudd knows the group can't suddenly transform itself, and is hoping for incremental improvements, according to

Philadelphia allowed three sacks in a 26-23 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 6, and quarterback Michael Vick was hit another 12 times. Eagles running backs also struggled to get going on the ground, as they combined for 26 yards on 19 carries. Mudd just wants his players to focus on the little things, and believes that will bring about change:

"Take the simplest thing that you do, and perfect it, don't think about the gross things, think about the small things," Mudd said Thursday, when the Eagles' offensive line coach was asked where he started, in regrouping and preparing for the Falcons.

At 3-3 after the bye, the Eagles are just one game in the loss column back of the New York Giants for the NFC East lead and still have a chance to make a run for the playoffs. Getting back over .500 will be a tough task on Sunday, and the offensive line will play an important role.