Two Eagles made interesting observations last week as the team prepared for tonight's first-round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Guard Todd Herremans was asked if it would help the offensive line to have played one full game together with Nick Cole at center and Max Jean-Gilles at guard and he said it would.
More interesting was what he said after that.
"It's also going to help that this won't be the first time that we went down to the new stadium with all those crazy lights and the dancers and what not," Herremans said. "You know, that's for the fans. The field is 100 yards."
Yes, the bells and whistles at Jerry Jones' palace are supposed to be for the fans, but if you're not at least a little in awe of your surroundings when you walk into Cowboys Stadium for the first time, you're not breathing. I've been to every stadium in the NFL with the exception of LP Field in Tennessee. There is nothing like this place anywhere else in the league and it wouldn't be at all surprising if it distracted a team the first time they came to town. It shouldn't be a distraction the second time you visit, especially when it's only six days later.
The other interesting observation came from Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant and it was about the Cowboys.
"This is the first year that I've been playing Dallas that they've been a team," the fourth-year receiver said. "That's the biggest difference. They're a team now and not just individuals. You can see guys playing for each other and playing hard. You see the camaraderie is different."
That's what the Dallas players have been saying for a while now, but it's more interesting when an opposing player notices it.
Roseman will be Eagles new GM
A team source confirmed that general manager Tom Heckert is leaving the Eagles to take the same job with the Cleveland Browns, who named Mike Holmgren their team president earlier this week.
Heckert's departure will open the door for Howie Roseman, the team's vice president of player personnel, to be the new general manager. Roseman joined the Eagles in 2000 as a staff counsel and salary cap specialist and was promoted to director of football administration in 2003.
At present, Roseman manages the college scouting staff, organizes and runs draft meetings and serves as a scout for the top college prospects.
The Eagles' inactives for tonight's game are the same as last week with the exception of quarterback. Michael Vick is the second quarterback, which means we'll probably see him take some snaps in the Eagles' version of the Wildcat formation tonight.
The other inactives: cornerback Geoffrey Pope, safety Quintin Demps, tackle King Dunlap, guard Dallas Reynolds, wide receiver Kevin Curtis, tight end Martin Rucker and defensive tackle Trevor Laws. Kevin Kolb is the third quarterback.