Eagles' Isaac Seumalo looking to bounce back

Ed Benkin
September 20, 2019 - 6:56 pm
Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Isaac Seumalo (73) runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Isaac Seumalo doesn't have to listen to the critics when it comes to his performance last Sunday — the Eagles' left guard knows he had a horrible night against the Falcons. 

Seumalo allowed plenty of pressure on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and the fourth-year lineman knows he has to bounce back this week when the Eagles host the Falcons.  

"You kind of learn and grow," said Seumalo. "It sucks that you kind of have to do bad or lose to grow. That's just part of the game and part of life. I feel good about this week and where I'm at today. It'll be fine on Sunday." 

Seumalo no doubt was doing some soul searching this past week. Luckily for him, he has a strong support group which is helping him turn the page from Sunday's outing in Atlanta.  

Fellow offensive linemen Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks have shown their support for Seumalo as he looks to turn the page against the Lions.  

"These four guys and the rest of the young guys all lean on each other all the time," Seumalo said. "Stout (offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland) is always saying that no man is an island. You must draw your strength from others. It's super easy to go to these guys that have been through it and are veterans and really good players. That makes it easier."

Coach Doug Pederson was also standing behind Seumalo this week.   

After his performance on Sunday, Seumalo's starting job could have been in jeopardy. However, Pederson pointed out he's not the first player to have a bad game and should not lose his starting job over one forgettable evening in Atlanta.

"It's not time," said Pederson. "Everybody's going to have a bad game, right? One game does not decide somebody's season. Am I supposed to bench Nelly (wide receiver Nelson Agholor) for dropping a pass or Zach Ertz for not getting a first down? You're not going to do that. It's not going to define Isaac. It's not going to define our season."

Seumalo and the rest of his linemates know they need to run the ball better this week. 

The Falcons shut down the Eagles rushing attack last weekend and the offensive line must improve its run blocking against Detroit to balance an offense which may be missing several key receivers.

"I think it's important for every offense," Seumalo said. "We want to run the ball. It just opens up the passing game and chews the clock and we feel good up front. Whatever it takes to win the game, that's what we're going to do."
 
Seumalo will get his chance to do his part with the running game as well as protecting Wentz.  Now, it's up to the four-year veteran to bounce back.