Commentary

Film Notes: Eagles adjusting offense

As defenses shift to prevent big plays, other options open up for Michael Vick

Originally Published: December 10, 2010
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down film, Scouts Inc. gives its take on what to watch in the NFL this weekend:

Potential Philadelphia offensive tweaks
Michael Vick is seeing a lot of defenses that play their safeties deep and limit their blitzes to prevent big plays. That leaves more room for RB LeSean McCoy to operate in space. We are starting to see more screen plays and delay draws and now a terrific read-option with Vick and McCoy. The QB can come down the line of scrimmage and either keep it and turn upfield or get the ball outside to his back. That is a lot of pressure to put on the edge of a defense. We are also seeing more passing targets to McCoy and TE Brent Celek as defenses try to take away the vertical routes that DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin love to run.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.