Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A few thoughts on Eagles O
By Tom Carpenter
There is much to glean from our first 60-minute gander at the Philadelphia Eagles offense under Chip Kelly. Let's start with their use of the zone read.
Per ESPN Stats & Information, Robert Griffin III led the NFL with 344 rushing yards on zone-read plays in 2012. Last night, the Eagles -- a team which ran such plays only twice last year under Andy Reid -- racked up 245 yards on 41 zone-read plays. That's more in one game than we've seen from any other team over the past five seasons.
Obviously, it's going to take opposing defenses a while to catch up to the system used by Kelly, as well as the pace. ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates notes a particularly creative play used by Kelly as an example of why his offense is difficult for opposing defenses to prep for. However, our Herm Edwards believes that there are some concerns about this offense going forward:
Field YatesInside Eagles' rapid-fire offense
"Perhaps the most unique play of the evening was one in which the Eagles detached their offensive tackles from their normal alignment, sending them out to the numbers on either side of the formation to form a bunch with two receivers. They then ran a read option look that gave Washington fits and McCoy plenty of room to run. ... that play is emblematic of what this offense can do. Each week there will be new wrinkles that no defense saw coming, regardless of how much time they have to prepare. Just showing that look once tonight will force San Diego, the Eagles' Week 2 opponent, to devise a defensive concept to defend against it."
Herm EdwardsWhich new coaches started best?
"One concern for me is what happens as the season wears on. It's tough to practice at that pace every week and Vick has a history of injury issues, so can he stay healthy? College rosters are bigger and the seasons are shorter. Will the pace take its toll? I also thought the offense struggled when the Redskins brought pressure up the middle. As much as defenses need to adjust to Kelly's schemes, it's clear the Eagles offensive line must be able to not just dictate, but adjust in their protections. And can the Eagles close out games running the ball from behind center?"