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A COMMITTMENT PROBLEM

The problems with the Eagles' run offense have been and will continue to be dissected, but running back Brian Westbrook made the point today that his team has the same problem as a bachelor resisting marriage: a lack of committment.

A COMMITTMENT PROBLEM

"We don´t always have it, no," said running back Brian Westbrook in response to whether the Eagles have a commitment to the run. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
"We don't always have it, no," said running back Brian Westbrook in response to whether the Eagles have a commitment to the run. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The problems with the Eagles' run offense have been and will continue to be dissected, but running back Brian Westbrook made the point today that his team has the same problem as a bachelor resisting marriage: a lack of committment.

"We don't always have it, no," Westbrook said. "At some points in some games we have it, at some points in other games we don't. I think that there are situations at times when we probably should have more commitment to the run."

You got the impression that Westbrook felt one of those times was Sunday when he carried 13 times for 26 yards in a 36-31 loss to the New York Giants. Westbrook, however, refused to speak specifically about the Giants' game.

"I'm not even going to look back at the New York game," Westbrook said. "We're going to look forward to the Bengals and try to move on from there."

Speaking in general terms, Westbrook said a good running game requires the same traits needed for a good marriage.

"You have to have patience and you have to have belief in it," he said. "Of course in the running game there is going to be some plays where you're not going to have too much of a gain. You might have a couple yards here and there, but then you might have plays where you  get 12, 20, 30 yards. You have to be patient, you have to believe it's going to work. You have to have that commitment to it."

For the record, the Eagles have 221 rushing attempts this season. Only Detroit (177), St. Louis (213) and San Francisco (214) have fewer among NFC teams and those three teams are a combined 4-23.

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