Posted tagged ‘Stacy Andrews’

Shawn Andrews Out for Opener

September 11, 2009
Winston Justice

Winston Justice

Standard.  I guess I shouldn’t have expected that he would play.  The Eagles will be out with their starting right tackle.  Replacing Andrews in the line-up will be none other than Winston Justice.  The last time Winston Justice got a meaningful start it was a disaster.  Hopefully, he has improved and will draw on some experience to play a solid game.

While I am not a Winston Justice fan, I will give him a shot to prove himself in the opener.  The more important issue is that Shawn Andrews isn’t healthy.  This back issue of his has been consistent since game 2 of last season.  What’s the issue?  Also, if his health was a considerable concern and it should have been this past off-season, why didn’t the Eagles address the issue?  It seems like they expected Andrews to be ok, but they did subtle moves, but none that I will think help them.  They brought big Jon Runyan in for a workout yesterday, they moved Justice from the left side to the right side and signed Stacy Andrews to play guard, but spent last season playing tackle.   Shawn Andrews is disappointing me at this point in his career.  I thought he would be a dominant lineman and mainstay on the Eagles line.  While injuries and his public bought with depression were definitely the cause, I would have hoped he would have done more to get himself ready to play.  You can’t fault him for depression – a serious issue and you can’t fault him for injuries, but you can speculate that his work ethic and dedication to football and the Eagles is not where it should be for a pro-bowl lineman.  

This Shawn Andrews playing/not playing issue could be a moot point if Winston Justice comes through.  I’m not holding my breath…yet.

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Offensive Line Depth?

August 12, 2009
Shawn Andrews rehabbing?  (Geoff Mosher blog)

Shawn Andrews rehabbing? (Geoff Mosher blog)

It’s been an injury riddled training camp for the Eagles and quite frankly, I think the injuries will continue into the preseason.  Already lost for the year are Stewart Bradley and Cornelius Ingram – the starting middle linebacker and rookie tight end, respectively – both with ACL tears, who were being counted on as big contributors to the Eagles football team.  Knowing that both players will be on injured reserve, allows the team to move on and find replacements.  However, with the injuries to the offensive line, it’s not as easy.  You see, we have no idea if our projected starters will be ready for the season.

Right now, center Jamaal Jackson appears to be the only healthy member of the projected starting offensive line.  Jason Peters has some nagging injuries, but looks ready and will start in the first preseason game.  After that, it’s a mess.  No one knows what is going on with Shawn Andrews.  Stacy Andrews is coming along and barring any setbacks should be ready for the season.  It was just announced that Todd Herremans has an injury that could lead to a stress fracture.  All of this should be of concern to the Eagles organization and Eagles fans.  The Eagles could have had one of the most dominant lines in Eagles history if they were healthy and had time to develop as a unit.  Not going to happen.

Taking some consolation is that the team appears to have depth at the offensive line, specifically the guard positions.  Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles both have had experiences starting and look comfortable in their roles.  Mike McGlynn has apparently played well in camp and has a year on the roster under his belt.  The tackle position is a little more enigmatic.  I suspect Todd Herremans was the lead back-up at the tackle spots, since the team is deep at guard, but with his injury this may force the Eagles to use inexperienced and clueless Winston Justice.  Also, King Dunlap, while blessed with size, strength and power, can’t seem to put it together on the field.  I’m not sure who else will man the tackle positions if the injury situation gets worse.  Stacy Andrews could slide out to play tackle and big Jon Runyan is still unsigned, but we don’t know if his rehab will put him in a position to be ready for the season.  

The way I see it is this:  aside from getting healthy fast, the Eagles need to get their young tackles some significant playing time in the preseason.  If the injuries continue they will need lineman that can be trusted to allow this team to win.  For once I agree with Andy Reid, it looks like the way to win football games is at the line of scrimmage.  

Other injury issues include the defensive line with the Trent Cole shoulder and Victor Abiamiri pectoral.  I do suspect those guys will be ready for the season, but I assume the Eagles are preparing some depth at defensive end with Chris Clemons, Juqua Parker, Bryan Smith, Justin Babin and even Darren Howard, sliding out from tackle.   Let’s just get healthy and escape without any other significant injuries.

Shawn Andrews – The Big Kid

April 30, 2009
Shawn Andrews, philadelphiaeagles.com

Shawn Andrews, philadelphiaeagles.com

It was speculated recently by the local and national media that Shawn Andrews, “The Big Kid,” was upset with his current contract.  Similar to Sheldon Brown, Andrews signed a long extension for a significant upfront signing bonus and middle ground yearly salaries.  Jason Peters, an offensive tackle, acquired by trade from the Buffalo Bills, received an impressive contract from the Eagles, with significant guaranteed money.  Andrews’ brother, Stacy Andrews, received a free agent contract from the Eagles worth significant guaranteed money.  Both the Stacy Andrews and Peters’ contracts make “The Big Kid’s” contract look paltry.  So, as good reporters, web sites and newspapers always do, they decided to speculate that Shawn was not happy with his contract.

There was no proof Shawn wanted a new deal, in fact, there wasn’t even a quote from him or his agent.  Why the speculation?  I have no idea and aside from the fact that his brother, Stacy and his old college roommate, Jason Peters are making significantly more money than him, I have a few other theories: 

  1. Andrews missed last season after battling depression and a back injury.  Some people think his contract may have been an issue even before the arrival of Peters and his brother.  I doubt that using depression and injury as a cover for a contract dispute would sit well with team officials and personally, I don’t think Shawn is that kind of guy.
  2. Sheldon Brown, as discussed in an earlier post, has complained about his contract and is in a similar situation contractually to Andrews.  Both signed long extensions for guaranteed money, but their annual salary would be less compared to others who are now signing deals.  So, some people speculated that since Sheldon is upset, Shawn should be upset.  Players are in it for themselves; they worry about their own contracts.  The Sheldon Brown situation is isolated and Shawn shouldn’t be dragged into this.
  3. The media was looking for something to get the fans riled up.  I think this might be the most obvious answer.

Andrews and his agent have publicly denied any contract dispute. That’s good for me, because I look forward to the revamped offensive line without anything getting in their way from becoming a strong run blocking and pass protecting unit.  Of course, there will always be another reporter speculating on something that could be a distraction to the Eagles off-season.