Mornhinweg among those honored at Ed Block

Posted March 09, 2011 @ 4:26 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

BALTIMORE — Pro Football Weekly presented Eagles assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg with the PFW/PFWA Assistant Coach of the Year Award at the Ed Block Courage Awards last night.

For more than a decade, Pro Football Weekly has presented the award, which is voted on by the writers and editors of PFW and the members of the Pro Football Writers of America, at the event. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation helps improve the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse with the help of NFL players. Each teams' players nominate one of their teammates each season who has overcome some adversity, and the players are involved in charity work both locally and in their NFL cities for the event.

The Eagles were well represented at last night's event, the 33rd annual ceremony. The Eagles' training staff, led by Rick Burkholder, was named the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society's Athletic Training Staff of the Year in 2010. WR Jason Avant was the Eagles' player representative, as well.

Mornhinweg's Eagles ranked second in the NFL in yards and third in scoring. They were led by QB Michael Vick, whom Mornhinweg said "could be one of the best ever" with continued development. But Mornhinweg said one reason for the Eagles' offensive success last season was a team belief that it took all hands on deck to get it done every game.

"The most proud thing we are (of) is of that mentality that we don't care how it gets done — run, pass. We don't care who gets the credit. It's whatever it takes to win that next ballgame," Mornhinweg told PFW. "If you get that mentality with your football team, then usually good things happen."

Of course, Mornhinweg said the Eagles can be even better. Looking back on last season, he noted one of the biggest areas the offense must improve upon is pass protection.

"There are several things," he said. "We just finished our team evaluations and we did a great many things. However, there are several things where we can get better. Sacks are one. We had an unusually high amount of sacks. Typically, we don't have that many. That's No. 1."