Zone Read: Eagles-Cardinals, the Day After



Total Snaps
Percentage Of Snaps
Nick Foles78100%
LeSean McCoy6178%
Bryce Brown1519%
Chris Polk23%
Riley Cooper78100%
DeSean Jackson6685%
Jason Avant4659%
Brad Smith79%
Damaris Johnson11%
Brent Celek6482%
Zach Ertz3849%
James Casey1215%

You can see with the tight end ssnaps that the Eagles used a lot of ’12’ personnel.

At wide receiver, Jeff Maehl suffered a head injury and didn’t play any offensive snaps. Smith obviously had the one snap at QB. The other eight were at wide receiver.

Damaris Johnson only played one offensive snap. He was not used on punt or kickoff returns either.


Total Snaps
Percentage Of Snaps
Fletcher Cox5780%
Bennie Logan4259%
Cedric Thornton4158%
Vinny Curry2231%
Clifton Geathers1115%
Damion Square1014%
Connor Barwin71100%
Trent Cole5882%
Brandon Graham1318%
Mychal Kendricks71100%
DeMeco Ryans6997%
Cary Williams71100%
Bradley Fletcher71100%
Brandon Boykin3042%
Roc Carmichael23%
Nate Allen71100%
Patrick Chung71100%

Graham only played 13 snaps, but came away with a pair of sacks.

Barwin, Allen, Bradley Fletcher, Williams and Mychal Kendricks played every snap. The Eagles used a dime package with Roc Carmichael in the red zone, and Ryans came off the field.



The Eagles host the Lions at the Linc at 1 p.m. Sunday. Detroit is 7-5 atop the NFC North and coming off a win over the Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

This seems like a pretty even matchup to me, and the game means a lot to both teams. Because it’s at home, I’ll guess Eagles (-3) for the line.

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  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Love the way Trent busted his butt to make the position change. He’ll never be a great cover guy but it’s nice to see him get rewarded for his efforts. As usual, a great job by Sheil and Tim on the post-game coverage.

  • BlockingBack-BeanCounter

    Hands Down! In the No-22, looks like Graham is lined up as a 4-3 down lineman when he gets the sack. In the Numbers That Matter, credit Graham as a DE not as an OLB.

    • Adam

      Doesn’t look like his hand is down to me. Either way, our base defense is a 3-4 and Graham is an OLB.

    • PhilliePhanCT .

      Kendricks is blocking your view. Graham is squatting down low and it appears as if he’s a down lineman.

  • JettMartinez

    If the Smith play was just a Zone Read, why keep Foles in at WR? Why not just put Smith (or Vick for that matter) in with regular personnel? At first I though it would be some kind of lateral to Foles, who would then throw a forward pass, but if the revievers were all run blocking, that doesn’t make much sense.

    • anon

      so you don’t have to sub on next play.

      • Andy124

        Also, so they don’t know it’s coming before you line up.

      • JettMartinez

        Ah! Good point, still getting used to the go go go mentality!

        • anon

          Yeah the Go-Go makes it more likely that gimmicks will work b/c D has less time to prepare. Not a terrible thing to try on 1st and goal.

  • PhilliePhanCT .

    Nice how Roc C. comes in for 2 plays and one of them is a PI that places the ball on the one. Thanks, bro. Nicely done, now…get off the field. Ugh. Kid has some upside, but you gotta know your time and place.


    Love this teams mentality. They don’t rest on their laurels, every week they seem more concerned with what they need to improve on, then patting themselves on the back….if you hear an eagle give praise! it’s praise for how a team mate played. you don’t even hear players talk about themselves. Coaching and Locker room is a major part of success…and we seem STRONG in both areas….really enjoying this season no matter how it plays out

  • Scott J

    Chung was terrible. Hopefully we’ll get Wolff back soon.

    • bentheimmigrant

      It’s like he’s blocking for the other team! That’s 2 TDs in 2 games because he’s tackled the wrong guy. Then he almost knocked Sconces out of the game.

      • cliff henny

        thought c-wills was going to knock chung out, he looked pissed. friendly fire chung

        • BlindChow

          Maybe they promote Coleman or Anderson. Surely they couldn’t be worse…?

        • theycallmerob

          the No-Man’s Landshark?

    • Scott J

      Now we know why he was benched by the Patriots. They were probably scared he might get a hit on Brady while he was standing on the sideline.

  • distantfires

    Thought Nate Allen was active throughout and had a solid game.

  • greenblood20

    Good solid win against a good, solid team. Need to finish better, obviously. Still shaking my head over the Brad Smith play on 1st down in the red zone. What were they thinking, honestly? It is like Andy Reid leapt into Chip Kelly’s body on that one…

    • EaglePete

      I thought same thing although to be fair, Smith just keep your eyes on the snap and stay within yourself there and it might get a few yards or at least work to a degree. Was totally on him, he took his eyes off the ball. Also, some of the run calls on 2nd and 17 at one point and an entire series that went 3 n out, 3 straight runs. Nit picking though.

  • theycallmerob

    Celek and Ertz combined have 14 rec of 20+ yds (7 each). combined, that ties the Eagles TEs with Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham for most in NFL (2nd best “team” duo overall; Gates and Green in SD have 18).
    Love it, especially from a run-first team. both guys are blocking well too

  • theycallmerob

    with both ILBs back and healthy, can you tell us who’s wearing the helmet mic on that side of the ball? I assume that same person is making the calls? I thought it was Kendricks in TC and PS (being groomed for the spot), then it appeared Ryans took over (DL mention he makes the calls, and of course Kendricks missed some time).
    Just thought it was interesting Kendricks is in there for the dime package.

    also, slight typo– under the snap counts, where you mention all the players who were in 100%, you left Chung’s name off the list

    • anon

      It’s gotta be Ryans — Billy D has said as much.

      • theycallmerob

        I believe so too. Reckon Kendricks manages only the dime package

    • OldDocRoss

      ” under the snap counts, where you mention all the players who were in 100%, you left Chung’s name off the list”

      On at least a couple of snaps he was playing for Arizona, so doesn’t count.

  • jon h

    Great article Sheil.

  • OldDocRoss

    Jason Kelce consistently gives some of the most honest, intelligent post-game interviews around. One of the best things about this site is Sheil and Tim taking the time to seek out guys like Kelce rather than just speaking to the ‘name’ players.

  • maxm98

    My problem with our 4th quarter scheme is this:
    Our offense is based around numbers – 6 or less in the box = run the ball – 7 or more = pass it. We have no power running game as such.

    Yet in the fourth when we have a lead teams know we will run and yet we run anyway. We either need to stick with our philosophy and throw in the fourth or start running true power football. Otherwise this will cost us a game soon.

    • Scott J

      I understand Kelly saying he wants to run because if you throw and don’t catch the ball, the clock will stop, BUT…I think 3-and-outs are worse. First downs are more important than the clock. Besides, if we throw, the defense will have to back off from stacking the box. Sometimes Kelly reminds me of Reid where they think they’re the smartest guy in the room.

  • theycallmerob

    Great stat, courtesy of Kempski (link to the article for the explanation below)

    In reality, the Eagles are 10 of 13 (76.9%) in the red zone with Nick Foles, not 10 of 17. That would put them at 2nd in the NFL, behind only Denver.

    • Andy124

      He must have seen my post about redzone kneel downs de-yeasting Nick’s redzone %. I love this power I have.

      Thank you for sharing that. I don’t check twitter enough.

    • Joe from Easton

      Thank you, I was going to ask about this if someone hadn’t already brought it up.

  • europeaneagle

    Well I guess that means Cole is still my favorite player on defense, with Fletcher Cox not far behind. I was wearing my #58 Jersey to watch the game, seemed to work well for him. Does that mean I have to get Chung’s?