Cornbread Maxwell wrote:Eagles fans - were you expecting big things from McDougal this yr? What is the general consensus about when he will return? Is there a plan B? What kind of impact will this have on PHI's D if he does not return this yr?
This does leave us a little thin at DE. Kalu and Kearse are fine as starters, but McDougle was hopefully going to break out and turn into a starter this year, as Kalu's contract is up after this year. It's going to put more pressure on the reserves who haven't done too great as Johnson loves to rotate players, and Hugh Douglas will definitely see more time due to this (I consider this a bad thing, as Hugh can be a good situational player and reserve, but most of his value to the team is veteran leadership).
Trent Cole will almost certainly see game time with McDougle out, though I'm not too worried about the Eagles' pass rush. Johnson uses so many different positions to generate a rush, it shouldn't hurt too much, but that line in general will suffer.