Eagles Wake-Up Call: Officials, Not Kelly, Adjusting To Pace

Chip Kelly

Roughly a year ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article that appeared by all accounts to be a preemptive smack-down from the officials to Chip Kelly.

“We have to make sure teams understand that they don’t control the tempo, our officials do,” said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino at the time. “We’re going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren’t going to rush [unless] it’s in the two-minute drill.”

The article created a bit of a stir, and Kelly was asked about it. He made clear that the Eagles intended on playing by the rules and said he didn't anticipate any issues.

Now, as Kelly prepares for Year 2, it appears that the officials are the ones doing the adjusting.

"The league also added a new wrinkle," said NFL Network's Jeff Darlington from the league's clinic for officials. "On Friday, referees underwent a more physical assessment than they ever had before. That’s because the league wants to make sure that their referees can keep up with these faster-paced games."

Added Troy Vincent, the league's executive vice president of football operations: "As the game evolves, we also must make sure… that they’re evolving as well. You see the likes of Coach Kelly and that high-tempo offense. They’re running rapid plays. The ball needs to be spotted rapidly. And we want to make sure that our officials are now also evolving to that pace of our game."

The Eagles obviously are not the only team in the NFL that plays with tempo. But the change in tone from the league is certainly noteworthy.

Overall, it's difficult to quantify pace because of the way games are structured. When teams are leading, they tend to slow things down and run the ball. When they're trailing (especially in the second half), they generally speed up. Anyone watching last year knows that the Eagles didn't care to huddle, and at times, they definitely pushed tempo. But Kelly seems to take issue with the idea that the offense is designed to always go fast.

"The perception that we’re going to run 90 snaps a game and that we want to run a million plays has never been any part of our philosophical discussion," Kelly said last month. "I still hear people say it now, because we’re practicing fast in the offseason, we’re going to play even faster next season. What we do in the offseason has nothing to do with... the only reason we practice fast is because we want to get more plays in. And if we get more plays in, guys will get more reps. The more times they get reps, the better they get as a player. But that doesn’t correlate to anything that we’re doing... OTAs or minicamp has nothing to do with what style of football we’re going to play. I think sometimes that gets kind of lost in the message."

The Eagles finished 12th in plays per game last year (65.4). But again, that doesn't necessarily translate to pace.

"I don’t care if we ran the slowest offense in the NFL and only tried to get 20 snaps a game," Kelly continued. "I’d still try to practice as fast as we can because that gets more reps for more people, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We have 90 guys on our team that we’re trying to improve on a constant basis. So how do we improve them or make decisions or evaluate them if we never get a chance to have them on film? I’ve never understood that – in the offseason especially. I hear stories of other teams where the threes don’t get any reps. Well, how do you know if the threes are any good or not? And how do you know why they’re threes? They could be twos if you ever put them on the field and give them the opportunity and put them on film and say, ‘Hey, this guy’s pretty good.’ "

So for now, the Eagles will continue to practice fast. In a couple months, we'll find out how quickly they go during games. And if they want to push tempo, it sounds like the officials will be ready.


See where Peter King ranked the Eagles and where Ron Jaworski slotted Nick Foles.

We continued our training camp preview series focusing on Nolan Carroll II and the cornerbacks.

What's it like playing quarterback for Kelly? Foles provides some insight.

T-Mac wrote about all of the different places Kelly gets ideas from.

Safety Keelan Johnson was reportedly arrested for an alleged altercation with a police officer.


Nick Foles' success comes from his parents, writes Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com:

So when you hear Foles’ teammates talk about his work ethic, when you hear Foles talk about how determined he is to constantly improve, when you hear his coaches talk about how he’s never content to rest on his laurels, you’ll know why.

It all started with family.

It all started with dad.

“When I was out there playing, I’d run extra sprints because I knew what my parents had done for me to get there,” he said. “I’m very thankful that the Lord instilled that in me at a young age, to where I could recognize that my parents had done this, to where, hey, I don’t need to, you know, do something crazy, [like think] I can be lazy, I need to go out there and work hard.

Marcus Hayes of the Daily News discusses whether the Eagles are better than last year:

But is the team better?

Can it be better without its most dangerous weapon?

The Eagles in March decided to release explosive receiver DeSean Jackson and besmirch him on the way out, allowing pernicious rumors to circulate for weeks. Jackson was a highly paid, petulant, disrespectful and selfish player; less so at the end, but still.

Jackson also defined the Big-Play aspect of Kelly's offense.

Because of Jackson, safeties seldom lined up inside of 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. And then, their first step seldom was forward.


We'll hone in on the Eagles' wide receivers and take a look at what the national media are saying.

Josh Paunil contributed to this post.

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  • OldDuckMcDoc

    All those extra sprints are presumably responsible for making Foles the gazelle-like creature we see before us today.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      imagine if he didnt? he’d make Dan Marino or Phil Simms look like Randall

    • anon

      be interesting to see speed / agility after this offseason, he probably never had to work on it before. Will just be something he has to work on every offseason. (Cue tom brady comparison)

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        also might help we have a year off from comparing him to Vick. Foles isnt winning any racing contests, but that’s just unfair, Vick in 20 years will still be able to pick up 10 yds going around the edge on an crashing D-end

        • Amar, CB who bought in

          Followed by a tackle to the hips by the OLB/SS and miss the rest of the game.

    • Andy

      “Everybody got two legs…”

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        big pole Foles has 2 1/2…maybe that’s part of the issue?

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    doesnt go off very often with Kelly, but my BS meter jumped, the “we’re [not]going to play even faster next season’ part. anyone who watched any of his games at Oregon could see that the ’13 eagles, while fast for NFL, werent really ever getting much higher than 3rd gear. i do think Kelly is going to slam it into 5th and show some pace that the NFL hasnt seen yet. and there’s absolutely no reason to broadcaste intentions, but, he’s still lying

    • G_WallyHunter

      Ya why the hell would he admit it. Come week one we’ll be seeing something new, is anyone else more excited for this year than last year just because its year 2? Dayum

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        it’s one of those talking points that catches my attention easily, mostly cause i’m out of philly area and get stuck listening to so (too) many national talking heads (thank you Sheil and TIm, probably have lost what few marbles i have rattling around). when they bring up kelly/Eagles and get on how many plays/pace, they are just so far off, have to wonder if they do any research at all. guess it’s just easier and more profitable to create a false narrative which allows other talking heads to manufacture arguements…job security. Jaws and his false narrative of ‘unless kelly changes passing scheme, his gimmick offense wont work in NFL’ might have driven me most nuts. that one still has legs

    • Kev_H

      If I remember correctly, some time around week 12 or maybe later last year, Kelly said that going fast in the NFL wasn’t leading to the advantages it did in college and that teams adjusted and were running the defensive plays they wanted to run.

      I think they’ll always line up fast, because that gives opponents more time to screw up or tip their hand, but I don’t think there is an advantage in going fast just to do it. It is better for the product, though, if the officials help speed things up.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        yeah, i remember that, and BS meter went off there too. just look at New England when they got inside 10 and went uber-hurry up and would run same basic running play 3 times and walk into endzone. i argued that Kelly had a lot of moving parts (and qb change) and that he wanted pace, but didnt have enough time to implement the highest of paces.
        when kelly goes to the package plays option offense, and is going to run the same play 3 or 5 times in a row if it gets positive yards on 1st down, man oh man, those next handfull of plays are going to be rattled off in a heartbeat.

        • Kev_H

          It’s definitely an advantage to line up fast and be ready to ramp it up if you find an advantage over the defense. I think that’s a key to what they do. I just don’t see them going fast for its own sake.

          OT, but those 6 minutes between Germany and Brazil were a case study on how speed and constant pressure can turn a tough match up into a rout. A goal is scored in a big game and it normally takes both teams awhile to adjust to the new dynamics of the game. There Germany scored 4 goals in that adjustment time and reduced a country to tears.

          I see Kelly taking the same general approach and it reminded me of the Bears game.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            exactly, think 5th gear pace will be used sparingly. watch Oregon tapes, he’d kick it up in 2nd quarter, often after O scored a TD and other team went quickly out. maybe for a series or 2, and bam, game went from 7-3 to 28-3 in minutes, and then back to walking pace. heck, i wouldnt be surprised if the Eagles have a faster pace at times but end up running less plays, because they get more efficient at closing out games. to me, there is so much more to pace than plays per game or plays per TOP.
            also helps Brazil played defense my high school coach would have made us run hills till we puked, twice.

          • Kev_H

            Isn’t the reason Brazil defense was so bad during those 6 minutes because nobody ever came after them like that after a goal (or two or three)? They expected to face a defensive posture.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            little, world class players can make people look foolish on a major stage easily. but, that was horrendous defense. was zero communication or effort. first goal, Muller’s volley, unguarded at the 6 on a corner, unbelievably bad, Eagles 2012 blown coverage in secondary bad. couldnt believe how little effort Brazil’s MFs gave in backtracking, and the guy who got the ball stolen in the middle right after the goal, that doesnt even happen in Jr High level. only legit goal was Close, even that was done on a very flat footed back 4. rest were ‘Allas ‘efense bad. never seen anything like it.

    • JofreyRice

      I mean, there is a reason why he does it. It works. Lurie specifically mentioned the speed when he was hired–how Chip had taken advantage of “inefficiencies”.

  • xmbk

    That Marcus Hayes article was really bad. Why link to crap like that?

    • UncleCarm

      They have to keep us stirred up. Its a slow news day.

  • OldDuckMcDoc

    I’m normally not a fan of criticising journalists but I find it increasingly hard to believe Marcus Hayes watches the Eagles of Philadelphia play football games. Or if he does, he’s too busy doodling love hearts on pictures of Mike Vick and DeSean to notice what’s going on.

    There was at least one safety lined up within 15 yards of the LOS on almost every play last season. A quick glance at almost any All-22 breakdown of the Eagles’ O last year would confirm this. You could reasonably argue DeSean was the reason why they even bothered leaving one S back there, but there’s no question Shady was viewed by everyone we faced as our most dangerous weapon.

    Also, LOL at the Eagles “besmirching” DeSean.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      Eagles and Kelly didnt say anything, it was the local media ‘besmirching’ him. there’s no good way to break up a bad marriage, so Eagles stayed silent.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Some of the not-so-locals too. Everyone was looking to find The Reason why DeSean got cut and it’s not like there wasn’t a goodly amount of circumstantial evidence for them to find that suggested DeSean was a bit of an idiot.

        Eagles didn’t need to say a thing, although seemingly in Hayes’ world they held a press conference smiting the hitherto unsullied name of Mr Jaccson.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          can you imagine the rabbit hole a press conference would have sunk into if held somewhere between the Elliot Shores-Parks hatchet job and trade?
          the reasons ended up being rather simple, in Kelly’s world headache+money>production. doesnt sell clicks

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      • BleedGreenJames

        It’s Eliot Shorr-Parks fault it got so bad. He jumped to conclusions with the gang thing, giving the Eagles the option of coming out and confirming it or staying quiet and still confirming it in some people’s minds. Or they could have come out and said they cut him because he was petulant, undersized and overpaid. (None of which reflect well on the Eagles) I think Chip handled it fine, can’t control what people in the national and often misinformed media want to say/think.

      • 370HSSV 0773H

        How about Les Bowen and his conspiracy theories? He’s never happy unless he gets the answer he wants to hear.

        • JofreyRice

          IIRC during the 2 week long runup to the release, Bowen came out with an incorrect report that Kelly had been in touch with Jackson, and had told him everything was cool. Did he put out conspiracy theories afterwards?

          • 370HSSV 0773H

            Bowen is paranoid. He kept tweeting about how the Eagles organization needs to make a statement and explain why they released Jackson. Then when Laurie eventually talked, he said Kelly wanted to go in a different direction with his receivers and he mentioned Jackson’s salary also played into the decision, Bowen didn’t believe him. He kept saying how there must be more to it and eventually more info will emerge, blah, blah, blah.

            I think Banner really screwed with the Philly reporters when he was here and they have a dislike for the team. There’s always an undertone of negativity when you read their articles.

            That’s why I like Sheil and Tim. They’re not overly opinionated, and they back up all their opinions with facts.

          • A Roy

            Undertone of negativity? In Philadelphia? C’mon. Everything’s love and puppies.

    • Eagles4Life

      Can’t disagree with the majority of what you said, but I don’t see what’s so hard to understand about the “besmirching” part. Ever heard of the term “silence speaks volumes?” They allowed the situation to fester and could have very well said upfront what came out 3-4 weeks after the smoke cleared in that the team is going in a different direction and wanted to mold the WR group with a different template. But they didn’t. All those stories came out and they kept their mouths shut, so yes, it did damage his reputation more. How about you try applying for a new job and they call your old one for a reference and your former boss says “no comment.” Let me know how that turns out lol.

      • aub32

        No comment is better than bad comments. If the Eagles issues with DJax were indeed off the field, like many suspect, are they doing him any favors by telling the media? I’d rather my former employer tell everyone that we have decided to move in a different direction than bad mouth me. The media was at fault for blowing up every little thing they could try and find. Yes the timing of the release certainly didn’t help, but everything in the story was from years ago. It’s not like it was stuff that happened after the 2013 season.

        • Eagles4Life

          Like I said, they gave the line that they should have given at the time weeks later. The front office was in a position to at least say they were making the move to restructure the receiver group. Nothing more, nothing less. Hours after that media blowup from nj.com they tweet “after careful consideration, we have decided to release DeSean Jackson.” C’mon, man.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Wow! The first time in history a team released a player without giving every single tiny little detail to the press and the “fans”. Just Wow! And it was just this morning!

          • Eagles4Life

            No one requested every minute detail, or details in general. If the Packers release Clay Matthews today, you’d better believe they would say more than “after careful consideration.” You’re also ignoring the context of situation at the time. It was mishandled, period. He’s gone now, so oh well, but let’s not stick our heads in the sand.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        How about you try applying for a new job and they call your old one for a reference and your former boss says “no comment.” Let me know how that turns out lol.

        Bad example. Unless of course the media outlets asking the Eagles for comment were interested in employing DeSean. Hey, aren’t Sheil and Tim looking for another intern? It’s all starting to make sense….

      • Kev_H

        Have you checked references lately? Employers don’t go beyond verifying dates of employment unless it’s a small business with no legal team. Silence is the standard.

        • Eagles4Life

          @Kev_H:disqus @olddocross:disqus thanks, guys. My apologies for not being an HR professional lol. Let’s just say it involves “networking” with a potential employer and that person contacts a former boss that you knew. I think that one works a bit better.

      • jimmy

        “silence speaks volumes”

        I have literally never heard of this in my life and assumed you worded it wrong. I tried to come up with a common phrase even close to that and came up with nothing.

    • JofreyRice

      alright, I’m just putting this out there, but they released him within 40 minutes of that NJ.com story breaking, after weeks of speculation. I do not, for a second, believe that was a coincidence.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Neither do I, but once they found out that story was going to be released there were no good options. Release him before the story and it’ll still come out that they knew about it. Release him a week or two after it and it looks like they caved to the barrage of scrutiny that would inevitably have followed.

        As it was, they decided that was essentially the deadline for finding a trade partner. If they couldn’t find one before the story, they really didn’t have any chance after it.

        So the timing isn’t a coincidence, but it also isn’t anything close to “besmirching” him.

        • borntosuffer

          Yep. Nothing to gain but non-stop questions about what you are going to do with him. They tried to trade him and couldn’t.

      • Kev_H

        But there wasn’t any news in that story. The besmirching came from the press and took on a life of its own. The only way it could have been avoided is if the Eagles immediately cut him rather than shop him around. Once that became known, speculative pieces were coming out every hour, every day. It’s not like TMZ hadn’t been covering Jackson gang ties and unsavory behavior forever.

        • JofreyRice

          haha, the whole article was about gang ties. It took the writer until the 21st paragraph to say there was no evidence Jackson was in a gang and wasn’t being investigated for any crimes.

          There was some relationship between the Eagles organization and the release of that story. They released a popular, easily recognizable player and packaged it with an article about his alleged gang ties. Maybe that’s not quite to the level of smear they did with Trotter–with the stories of his “bone on bone” knees–but for me, it’s pretty close. Hard for me to believe it was anything other than a combination of organizational hubris & not wanting to pay his salary.

          • MagatBrackendale

            So what? He’s gone.

          • JofreyRice

            I wish we could say the same about you!

    • 370HSSV 0773H

      Are you besmirching the besmirch comment?

    • Jernst

      Just about to type nearly the same response word for word before I saw your post. Especially towards the end of the season, we were seeing a single high safety slightly shaded to DJax side with the other Safety up in the box and the corners in press man coverage.

      This idea that DeSean altered the coverages so substantially last year is way overblown. In the latter years of the Reid era, when we were going bombs away on every play with Maclin and Jackson and refusing to hand the ball to our best player, yes, the safeties routinely lined up 20 to even 30 yards down field. They did this, because we were not attacking every part of the field. We didn’t have a consistent mid range WR, we weren’t running slants and crossing routes with WRs that could break tackles and get yardage after the catch. And, we decided we didn’t need to use the running game much at all. We were airing it out deep down the field all game and hoping that we’d hit on a few big plays to win the game.

      And, what did all those safeties sitting back 30 yards get us, an 8-8 and a 4-12 season. We were one dimensional and teams easily took it away. Last year, however, we had the best running game in the league and attacked every inch of the field, we attacked the flats and spread the defense wide, we attacked the middle, the hashes and went deep. And, safeties no longer could just stand 30 yards off the ball and take away our one trick pony.

      The one safety they left deep always shaded slightly towards DeSean’s side of the field which gave Cooper a lot of one on one coverage and you could make an argument that his opportunities will go down because of that. But, even without DeSean, I think, at least to start the season, we will see more of the same. A single high safety, press man coverage and a safety in the box. And, really…if Maclin, Copper and JMatt are on the field which WR is going to draw the safety closer to his side of the field? Is Cooper really going to get doubled so they can leave Maclin and JMatt singled up? Be my guest, if that’s your strategy.

      As for the comment that the safeties first step was rarely forward with DeSean on the field…that’s just plain dumb. What deep safety ever takes his initial step forward. Safeties never step forward at the snap unless its a disguised blitz or if their in zone and they’re responsible for a flat.

      Not to take anything away from Jackson who had a phenomenal year, but he was not continuing to dictate coverages like he did under Reid. In fact, the biggest reason he had such a big year is because Chip has designed an offense that doesn’t allow teams to key on one player or one part of the field and thus Jackson had a big year precisely because he wasn’t dictating coverage.

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  • aub32

    I think the Eagles will miss DJax, but Hayes goes too far. DJax was my favorite player on the team, but Shady was and is the most dangerous weapon on this team. DJax was a huge asset last season, but he wasn’t so good that both safeties had to account for him in addition to the CB that was covering him. DJax did more for guys like Cooper and Ertz than he did for Shady. Yes there were times when DJax played decoy and helped Shady escape, but teams knew that Shady is the #1 guy to try to stop and DJax #2.

    Also, the Eagles never said anything bad about the guy. Many of us wanted them to say something that would help us make sense of the decision, but they left us with that it was purely a football decision. Looking at our current WR corp, especially if either Benn or Momah make the team, we can all see that Kelly wants to get bigger at the WR position.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      DJax was my favorite player on the team

      Lies! We all know Casey Matthews was, is and always will be your idol.

      • aub32

        He lost me as a fan once he cut his hair. He can’t play like his brother, but the least he could do is keep the hair and give the illusion that the Eagles have some bad a$$ LB until the opponents realize it’s the one sucky Matthews.
        Jokes aside, how the heck is he still in the NFL? This guy is going to end up having the 2nd longest career of our 2011 draft class.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          I think he and Riley had a fight to determine which one could trademark the flowing locks. I don’t think the fight was very close either.

          • CHRIS – CB with dreads

            caseymatthews doesn’t seem like the type Riley would want to fight, but it could happen.

          • Wilbert31

            Nice one!

          • MagatBrackendale

            A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

            A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
            Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast

            Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
            It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
            It knocked upon the shipyards and recoiled upon Will Penn,
            For Casey, mighty Casey, was on the field again.

            Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
            The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
            And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
            But there is no joy in Philly — mighty Casey was not cut.

            with apologies. to Phineas.

        • Kev_H

          Family connections in a relatively small business environment.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

        I can’t believe he never used Lane Johnson’s PEDS. Makes me even more upset.

      • Amar, CB who bought in

        Casey Matthews should be released for ‘fan-base’ reasons.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    It helps to have an ex-Eagles like Troy Vincent in high places!

  • Johnny Domino

    If number of plays isn’t necessarily a good determinant of pace, do we need to divide time of possession by number of plays to get a figure for comparison?

    I mean, I’m not doing it, but is that stat out there, or is that job one for the new intern?

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      score has to be factored in somehow too. if down by 25 at halftime, better hurry to the line and if up, milk the clock. basically both WASH games. dont know the stats off top of my head, but i’ll bet RacistSkins ran more plays than the Eagles in those 2 games combined. does that make them the team that dictated pace of play? obviously, no.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Seconds from whistle to snap with situational splits.

        Chip can probably pull those numbers up on his smart phone in less than the time it takes an unblocked lineman to get to the quarterback.

  • Wes Hopkins

    I would be interested to see a percentage affixed to players that identifies their PGA% (Per Game Average %) to identify how consistent a receiver is. Here is what I mean: Say a player accumulates 1,600 yards. That can be a combination of receiving and rushing yards and conveniently works out to 100 yards/game. For every game that player eclipses that 100 yard mark, or is within 20-25% of the lower end (i.e. 75+ or 80+ yards), that counts towards achieving meeting that goal for that game. What this would do is identify those players who are consistent in their performance.

    Hyperbolically, you could have a player rack up 1,200 yards (150/game) over eight games and 400 yards (50/game) over the other eight for a PGA of 50%. I would be interested to see how the higher-end players perform and see who the truly consistent, week-to-week performers are and who are the ones who have standout games over half the season while crapping the bed in the other half. This wouldn’t be the sole delimiting metric, but simply one that augments existing stats.

    I was also intrigued to see how this would apply to relief pitchers. Divide the number of appearances where a reliever surrendered a run (either earned or inherited) versus how many total appearances he had. In theory, you could have a reliever make 75 appearances where he was anywhere from decent to lights out in 70 of them but may have been blown up in five, taking what may have been a 2.00 ERA to 3.00. The ERA would not tell the real story of his efficacy, but I believe a Success % (or whatever) would shine a light on how consistent the reliever was over the course of a season, thereby underscoring his “daily” value.

    Anyway, back to football. The first paragraph reflected my thoughts about Jackson. I
    was a huge fan of his, but would get frustrated with his lack of consistency and asked myself if he was as valuable as his total season numbers reflected. I haven’t crunched anything yet but would be interested to see how he stacks up against the other top-flight receivers.

    • Kev_H

      Wouldn’t standard deviation of game output do that? What’s odd is I think fans, pundits, and maybe even NFL people seem to value inconsistency because of the big games, more than an 80 us +/- 5 yd per game player.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Beat me to it by 7 minutes. Standard deviation would be the way to go. But then, for the ESPN audience, that might not fly too well

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Standard deviation’s OK as it goes but when your sample is 16 data points (in this case games) or less it isn’t perfect.

        For example, Megatron has a standard deviation of 78.6 yards last year – tops among the top 10 WRs by yards – but that drops to 45.7 if you simply replace his 300+ yd game with a 100 yd game.

        FWIW DeSean had a standard deviation of 56.7 which was fourth among the top 10 receivers in absolute terms, but second highest if you look at the standard deviation as a % of average yards per game.

        DeSean also had five games of less than 50 yards (second most among top 10) and five games with less than four receptions (most among top 10).

        So fair to say he could be viewed as streaky, but that’s probably not surprising (or necessarily a bad thing) given that he’s primarily a big play threat.

    • aub32

      Did you look at other WRs when trying to come up with this? Calvin Johnson had 5 games in which he had under 53 yards. He had 2 games of 150+ and one game of 300+. My point is that even the best WR in the game isn’t going to get you 85+ yds and 1 TD a game. Defenses get paid too. They know who the number 1 WR is going to be and try to focus on that guy. So the fact that DJax may as you put it, lack consistency, is really just a defense doing everything they can to stop him. That in turn helps other players who end up facing softer coverage. I don’t get why so many Eagles fans never understood that. Do you know how many WRs avg 100yds per game? In 2013 there was only one guy. Please look at other top WRs before you come up with the notion that DJax disappeared any more than any other top WR in the game.

      • Wes Hopkins

        You obviously didn’t understand the spirit of my post, but that’s fine. 100 yards was an arbitrary number to illustrate the point. I clearly pointed that out. I am talking about taking the total offense for a player, no matter what that amount is. It could be 800 yards wherein the average drops to 50 yards/game, etc. I also clearly pointed out I would be interested to see where Jackson falls in relation to other players as the thought came to me this morning at work and I have not yet had the opportunity to do any research. I am interested to see this on a seasonal and career basis. I also do not buy your opinion of “defense(s) doing everything they can to stop him” as that is the reality with every top-flight player.

        I also don’t get you saying, “I don’t get why so many Eagles fans never understood that,” as that understanding of opening up opportunities for other players is something anyone with a rudimentary grasp of football already knows – but we are talking about individual stat performance, not team performance. That plus the fact the player’s percentage is gauged against itself, not some arbitrary static number.

        As for Calvin Johnson, if those five games you mentioned were the only games he was below his standard deviation, then his % for 2013 would be 68.75%. Without having the benefits of digging into the numbers of his peer group yet, it would be impossible to say whether that was a very good, good, pedestrian or less than satisfactory number, but it’s a good place to start. A career perspective would be more robust as it increases the sample size.

        Perhaps Jackson is right in line with his peers and my expectation as a fan is colored by the fact I expect consistent excellence from an excellent player based on that own player’s stats, not an arbitrary figure. Poor games happen to the best of players and I would be interested to see how Jackson’s percentage shakes out.

        • aub32

          ” I also do not buy your opinion of “defense(s) doing everything they can to stop him” as that is the reality with every top-flight player. ”

          My point in bringing this up is exactly what you said. Every team tries to shut down every opponent’s #1 WR. Some succeed. Some fail. DJax put up 195 yards on the Vikings. Megatron put up less than 50. That’s how the game goes. However, I don’t think average or slightly above average WRs average 1000 for their career heading into year 7. That, in my opinion, tells me what I need to know about DJax’s consistency. Like you said, players are going to have bad games, especially when they are the number 1 or 2 target (McCoy being the other guy as of the last couple years)

        • MagatBrackendale

          There’s little point in trying to put forward any theory or supposition outside of the narrow little box, Wes. Some folks just can’t think that way, or argue just for the sake of arguing.

  • Philly0312

    Really Hayes? Did this guy watch the games? On almost every play teams lined up in Cover 1 man to man or cover 1 with some sugar or zones. There was always a safety at or near the LOS.

    • A Roy

      True, but the deep Safety was invariably shaded to Jackson’s side. And his attention was there, too. That’s why Cooper always had 1:1 coverage.

  • borntosuffer

    Marcus, regarding “Can it be better without its most dangerous weapon?” – No, the Eagles can’t be better without their most dangerous weapon – Shady or Foles depending on one’s sober perspective.

  • MagatBrackendale

    For the life of me I cannot understand why allegedly professional reporters are still complaining about a trade which took place several MONTHS ago. The why’s don’t matter any more. Or is this the first time in the 80-year history of the NFL that a speedy undersized mouthy player was released? So we must never forget? Like the Alamo?

    • aub32

      To be fair, he put up top 10 numbers. Guys that do that don’t often get released without an explanation. Also, it’s the offseason, and there aren’t much bigger stories than “Philadelphia’s #1 WR gets released and signed by division rival”. You may not like it, but that’s a bigger story than, “The Eagles resigned Nate Allen.”

      • MagatBrackendale

        The header at the top of my page says “Latest News”.

        • aub32

          Ugh……nevermind. I guess wondering how a team will look without its #1 WR isn’t news now that we are finally about to find out.