Eagles Vs. Cowboys: Todd Herremans to Start at Right Tackle, Believes Asante Samuel’s Comments were Just Giving Media “Something to Talk About.”October 28, 2011 – 6:30 am by Steven Cuce
Asante Samuel sure spiced up the Philadelphia Eagles bye week after the team looked to regroup from the poor start of the season. Philadelphia came into the season with an overbearing amount of championship speculation due in part to their free agency spending spree. Samuel was not happy that he was potentially put out on the trading block and he wanted to send a message to the front office whether he was serious or not.
Todd Herremans has been the ultimate team player for the Eagles in the 2011 season. He’s had a heck of year playing three different position on the offensive line to help a group that is inexperienced. The Eagles will be right back in the thick of things in the NFC East with a win over Dallas at home on Sunday night. It’s always a big week in The City of Brotherly Love when it comes to the Eagles playing an NFC East rival, especially their biggest one in the Dallas Cowboys.
Todd Herremans joined WIP in Philadelphia with Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow to discuss his thoughts on Asante Samuel suggesting there is a power struggle in the Eagles front office, the vibe in the locker room during Cowboys week, the Eagles finally being healthy in practice, playing at right tackle this week, which position on the offensive line he favors the most, stopping DeMarcus Ware and if he thinks the Cowboys game is a must-win this Sunday night.
What do you think of Asante Samuel’s comments about there being a power struggle in the Philadelphia Eagles front office and that they are playing fantasy football?
“He just wants to give you guys something to talk about.”
It’s Cowboys week. Give us the vibe in the locker room?
“Huge week. Everybody is just excited to be back to work. Andy [Reid] gave us a lot of time off for the bye, which he is really good about. Basically he gave us so much time off that a lot of guys were itching to get back at it.”
Every single player was a full go at practice today?
“That may be the first time since I have been in Philly that has happened.”
Are you back at right tackle?
“Yeah. Back at right tackle. I feel good about it. I am excited.”
What is your preference on the offensive line since you have played three positions this year? Do you have a place you prefer to stick?
“I have a preference to win games. I like playing tackle. I feel it is more of a challenge to me. It just keeps me – I don’t even know if this sounds right – it just keeps me hungrier than playing guard because it is something new for me and I feel like I have a lot more to work on. I feel like there is more room to get better there.”
What’s the key in stopping DeMarcus Ware?
“You know he is one of the better pass rushers in the league if not ever. He just has an array of moves and you just gotta be able to keep a good relationship with him. I think a big key to this is going to be keeping him off balance. We are going to have to put some points on the board and not fall behind and be able to ground and pound a little bit because when Dallas’s defense just knows it is going to be a pass they are just able to pin their ears back and get after the ball. They can definitely do some damage. I think we are going to have to hit them with some seven man protections and definitely some running game and chip from the back every now and then.”
Do you guys view this game on Sunday night as close to a must-win situation as possible?
“Yeah. Definitely. We look at it as a must-win. I don’t think the way you look at the game really seems like a must-win because everybody was talking about how we have a must-win ever since we lost two in a row and then we continued to lose two more. I really feel like every game we play is a must-win in our minds. Just because you call it a must-win doesn’t mean it is going to happen. The way we want the season to go we need to get a win here. Everybody is on the same page. It’s not really like we need to go around saying it.”