September 27, 2023   3 MIN READ

‘Like Lightning’

Q&A: Offensive and Defensive Lines Key to Great Eagles Start


The Philadelphia Eagles are flying high with a 3-0 record thanks to dominating performances on both sides of the ball.

On the latest episode of “Q&A” on “Inside The Birds,” former Eagles standouts Jason Avant and Quintin Mikell discussed the team’s Week 3 victory. 

D'Andre Swift

Eagles RB D’Andre Swift has been dynamic through the last two weeks with help from a dominant offensive line

D’Andre Swift

Quintin Mikell: “When he gets the ball in his hands, he is like lightning. He is hitting the hole, he’s scoring, juking, jumping over people. He can do it all. He just offers a different element to this offense, that explosiveness that I feel like has been missing.”

Jason Avant: “This season is a marathon, not a sprint. I don’t necessarily love a guy getting 28 carries when clearly the offensive line is the real star. Swift is playing well…It’s clear to me that Swift going forward is the number one back.”

Jalen Hurts

Mikell: “There is something off…it’s always hard when a team is winning and he is not the reason why you are losing. He doesn’t look quite the same as he did last year. Over time, with more work with Brian Johnson, I think things will pick up.”

Avant: “I love Jalen, everything about his mentality and the way he approaches the game. This was the best game he has had passing the ball, so it is a step in the right direction. However, Hurts had elevated himself into the conversation of top three to five quarterbacks in the National Football League. Based on that, it is below Jalen Hurts’ ability.”

Jalen Carter

Avant: “Jalen Carter on the sack that him and Fletcher Cox had, he beat the double team so quick that it turned into a one-on-one in less than a second. He looked like a ninja. It happened so quick and he did it twice.”

Nickel Cornerback

Avant: “I don’t know if Josh Jobe is comfortable enough to play inside. I think James Bradberry has more experience and understanding of NFL defenses. I think they need to bring in somebody. The Eagles are going to have to come up with a gameplan for somebody solid, somebody older in their 30’s that want to get one or two years more in order to get us through these next couple of games. Chris Harris is a name that is mentioned, that would be a solid pick.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for

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