Three Eagles Numbers That Matter

Here is another installment of three Eagles numbers that matter.

18 – The number Eagles third-round pick Bennie Logan wore at LSU. The significance?

“The number 18 is a great thing that is given to a player who displays great leadership on and off the field,” Logan said. “[Guys who have] great character, handle their business and go to class, don’t cause any problems or anything like that. It’s voted on by the coaching staff, the equipment staff and the training room staff. So if you have friends on the football team, they can’t vote for you because they like you. It’s strictly given to you by [the coaching staff].”

Little traditions like this are what make college football great.

I’m not the kind of guy who claims to really know athletes based on a series of 10-minute interviews, but by all accounts, Logan is the epitome of a high-character guy. Chip Kelly identified two of the Eagles’ picks as prospects who blew him away during Combine interviews: Logan and Matt Barkley.

“When you’ve got a guy in your room that’s going to provide that kind of leadership, it’s important,” LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis said, via ESPN.com. “It’s important to help your young guys learn how to practice, and leadership is not just in the games. It’s every day. It’s every minute you’re on the field, and when you’ve got a guy like Bennie Logan in your room, he’s going to set the tempo.”

I’ve got to do some more homework on Logan to figure out where he fits in, but the Eagles have spots up for grabs on the defensive line. If he’s as impressive as those around him say he is, the rookie should get a chance to contribute in his first season.

And in case you were wondering, Logan will wear No. 96 with the Eagles

52.38 – Barkley’s completion percentage on deep balls (20 or more yards downfield) last season, as calculated by Second Round Stats. There’s a lot more to arm strength than just getting the ball downfield, but it’s still noteworthy that Barkley actually improved on these throws after completing just 40.63 percent of his attempts as a junior.

Overall, Barkley’s completion percentage dropped from 69.1 percent as a junior to 63.6 percent as a senior. Per Second Round Stats, the main reason was that he didn’t complete screens at the same rate. In 2011, Barkley completed 94.34 of his attempts at or behind the line of scrimmage. In 2012, that number was just 85 percent.

He also didn’t throw as many screens last year as some of the other top QB prospects. Geno Smith, for example, threw behind the line of scrimmage on 33.1 percent of his attempts. For Barkley, that number was just 17.5 percent.

44 – The number of times LeSean McCoy broke a tackle last year, according to Football Outsiders. That was tops in the league. McCoy led the NFL in this category in 2011 as well. The site defines broken tackles as the following: “Either the ballcarrier escapes from the grasp of the defender, or the defender is in good position for a tackle but the ballcarrier jukes him out of his shoes.”

In terms of percentages, McCoy broke a tackle on 17.3 percent of his touches, third-best in the league, behind Pittsburgh’s Isaac Redman (18.6 percent) and Atlanta’s Jacquizz Rodgers (17.7 percent).

Also worth noting is the player who finished ninth: Bryce Brown (13.3 percent).

Football Outsiders took a look at quarterbacks too. Michael Vick finished fourth with eight broken tackles, behind Cam Newton (21!), Russell Wilson (13) and Robert Griffin III (12). In terms of Houdinis, defined as plays where a quarterback escapes a sack, Vick had seven, behind only Newton (10) and Wilson (10).

And finally, as a team, the Eagles broke a tackle on 8 percent of their offensive plays, the highest mark in the league. That speaks to the elusiveness of their skill-position players, but also, the struggles of the offensive line.

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  • Wilbert M.

    Barkley will be the opening game starter.

    • Mr. Wu

      maybe in 2014, 2015 …not 2013
      If you think Chip Kelly isn’t foaming at the mouth trying to find a way to use Vick you are kidding yourself. I am not saying that I think that’s whats best for the Eagles….but you could bet on the fact that thats what will happen.

      • ACViking

        If Vick’s the QB, the Chess Match between Kelly and the NFL D-coordinators ought to be damned interesting.

        Lots of off-season time is being spent by the DCs learning how to stop the read option — which I assume includes trying to beat-up the QB on running plays (as the Ravens did in the SB with Kaepernick).

        As far as a no-huddle, high-speed, quick-read, no-turn-over-offense, I’m not sure Vick’s the guy for that — especially if defenses have taken away the read option.

    • jamesbondage

      I think it’ll do Barkley good for him to sit out the season and learn from Vick/Foles. I recall Barkley saying that he never had a mentor before HS or college and he had to learn everything from personal experience. Having a QB like Vick, who has gone through a lot personally and professionally, can help Barkley develop into a starting caliber player.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Losing your left tackle can cause that screen pass percentage to go down. I can see how a younger offensive line could really impact your numbers in that area.

  • jabostick

    Just imagine what McCoy’s numbers could’ve been if he played against Eagles defenders!

    • cliff henny

      know the joke about catching a knuckleball…wait till it’s at the backstop…that’d be the eagles, they’d tackle him after he stops in the endzone

      • nicksaenz1

        that implies they’d tackle. bold assumption

    • planetx1971

      LOL Eric Dickerson would’ve been drinking himself into a stupor by week 10! I still think our D was having roofie eating contests during pre game warm up’s last season. That’s my story & I’m stickin to it!

  • Andy

    I’m wondering if/how they are going to improve Bryce Brown’s ball carrying and reduce his fumbles. That’s going to be important this year.

    Some members of the press have questioned whether Bennie Logan will fit a 3-4, but I have to assume that Chip & Company thought of that before drafting him and have a plan, particularly since they cut Jenkins and Patterson.

  • GEAgle

    When your RB leads the league in broken tackles, and he goes NO WHERE….well, thats the definition of a Bad Oline….
    btw, Logan will be our NT sooner or later…Its possible that this year Cox,Logan and Sopo might be the most ready to play, in that case Logan could play the 3, or the 5 if they prefer keeping Sopo in the Middle…But I expect Bennie to be our gap shooting starting NT of the future….

    • planetx1971

      The Shady analysis is dead on….

  • jamesbondage

    All this talk about leadership is good, but at the end of the day, the question remains “can he play?” I remember a few years ago when we drafted Chaney, Coleman and a bunch of former team captains and Howie/Andy were lauded for drafting high character guys. In hindsight, they don’t mean as much when they aren’t good players. With the QB selection, the intangibles matter more, but other positions… not so much. I just want to see my Eagles become an imposing force that opponents fear once again.