TAMPA, Fla. — Jason Kelce did not get yelled at. He didn’t have to go to his room or write I will not let the nose guard get past me a hundred times on the chalkboard after practice.
Instead, he just went to work and listened closely as Chip Kelly and the coaching staff devised a plan to eliminate the issues that plagued the Eagles’ ground game a week ago against the Giants.
Kelly has built part of his reputation on coming up with creative and effective ways to run the football. So when the concepts he installs in the game-plan don’t work, he takes offense. But this time around, that feeling led to a solution, as LeSean McCoy piled up 116 yards on 25 carries against a stout Bucs defense. Read more »
Here are 10 things to know about how the Eagles’ offense matches up with Tampa Bay’s defense.
1. Tampa’s 0-4 record has little to do with its defense. The Bucs rank third overall on D, according to Football Outsiders, and are eighth in scoring (17.5 PPG). They shut out the Cardinals for three quarters in their last game (two weeks ago) before allowing 13 fourth-quarter points. The only touchdown the Bucs allowed came when Arizona started a possession in the red zone following a Mike Glennon interception. The Eagles, meanwhile, rank fifth overall on offense, per Football Outsiders. They are eighth in scoring (27.0 PPG). In their last outing, the Eagles scored 36 points against the Giants, their highest output of the year. Chip Kelly has yet to rule Michael Vick out, but all signs point towards Nick Foles starting. Read more »
With five games in the books, now seems like as good a time as any to check in on the nine Eagles rookies. Read more »
Below is a position-by-position review of how the Eagles’ offense performed against the Giants after having re-watched the game. Read more »
Earlier this week, we graded the Eagles’ defense, position-by-position, after the first four games of the season.
Now it’s time to check in on the offense. As we explained, these are based in large part on expectations, given the talent on the roster. Read more »
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Below are 10 things to know about how the Eagles’ offense matches up with the Giants’ defense.
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The offensive line hasn’t faced many exotic looks through the first four games. In fact, when asked about the need to change protections at the line of scrimmage to account for extra rushers, Jason Kelce‘s mind traveled all the way back to one specific play against San Diego, when the Chargers brought a free safety on the weakside. There obviously weren’t a lot of examples in his mental Rolodex to choose from.
“With the type of offense we have, it’s very tough to be able to blitz and blitz effectively, because if you’re getting guys out of position, if you’re too many to one side, then all of a sudden you’re leaving things open,” Kelce said.
So the looks have been vanilla. Communication has rarely been an issue. The line has consistently been in the right calls, according to the center. Everyone understands their assignments.
So why the issues in pass protection? Read more »
Chip Kelly thinks the Eagles are close – on offense, that is.
He sees minor tweaks, not dramatic changes – a penalty here, a drop there, a couple missed blocking assignments. Kelly calls them SIWs, or self-inflicted wounds. And they are holding the offense back from being one of the most explosive units in the league, he says.
The numbers, to a large degree, back up Kelly’s argument. The Eagles rank second in yards per game (458.8), and Football Outsiders has their offense ranked fifth (first in rushing, 15th in passing). The problem? The Eagles are 12th in scoring at 24.8 points per game.
The running game has been prolific. The Eagles are averaging 198.2 yards per game and 6.1 yards-per-carry. Both are tops in the NFL.
But the passing game has lacked consistency. Below is a look at what’s happening when Michael Vick drops back, along with some thoughts on what’s correctable and what’s not. Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position review of the Eagles’ offensive performance against the Broncos. Read more »
In Year 1 of the Chip Kelly era, the Eagles’ offense can expect to see new wrinkles from opponents on a weekly basis.
In Week 2, the Chargers saw what the Birds did to the Redskins on the ground and decided they would employ a different strategy: bring a safety up, crowd the box and play man on the outside.
That led to a 419-yard passing day for Michael Vick, which included seven completions of 20+ yards.
The Chiefs had the benefit of seeing two games on film, and they decided that despite the Chargers’ lack of success defensively, their philosophy was sound.
So, what was the difference in Week 3? Two things stood out:
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