WHY NEW EAGLE GUARD BROOKS IS A MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT

By Michael Donovan

What are we to make of new Eagles guard Brandon Brooks?

At this point, Howie Boy Roseman is really just trying to reverse what Chip Kelly did last offseason. After Kelly let starting guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans go and replaced them with, well, nobody, Philly’s offense crashed to a halt.

There were other factors, of course, and the Eagles’ offense may continue to struggle under new head coach Doug Pederson in 2016, but it won’t be for lack of expensive guards!

Brooks comes over from the Texans on a five-year, $40-million deal, using much of the cap space freed up by the trades of Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray. It’s a valuable signing at a position of significant need for Philly.

Regardless of where Brooks ends up, he’ll be part of one of the more athletic guard-tackle tandems in football, given that he’ll be lining up next to either Lane Johnson or Jason Peters.

Brooks was effective in a zone scheme under Gary Kubiak in 2013, and he has only gotten better with Bill O’Brien mixing his run-blocking up a little more regularly over the past two seasons. At 343 pounds, he isn’t exactly the sort of undersized lineman who might struggle to play in a more traditional scheme, and his signing may be a hint that the Eagles might try to run more power concepts under Pederson in 2016.

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