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All-22: Diagnosing the Eagles’ O-Line Miscues

redzone1b_092313After two strong showings, what happened to the Eagles’ offensive line against the Chiefs? And what does it mean going forward? We take a look, using the All-22 film.

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All-22: Examining Michael Vick’s Issues

vickpost1c_092313When Chip Kelly was asked to evaluate Michael Vick’s performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, the word he used was okay.

Okay is generally coach-speak for: He didn’t play well, but it’s unfair to place all the blame on one guy.

And that’s true. The offensive line had too many issues. Wide receivers struggled to get open consistently. The defense couldn’t get off the field during an 8-minute, 15-second stretch in the fourth quarter. And special teams suffered a variety of miscues.

But one week after throwing for 423 yards and completing nearly 64 percent of his passes against the Chargers, Vick was just 13-for-30 with three turnovers against the Chiefs.

What were some of his issues? Let’s take a look, starting with his first-quarter interception.

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All-22: One Play Kelly Will Steal From Reid

screen1_designChip Kelly has used some version of the same line several times since he was hired as the Eagles’ head coach back in January.

“If you weren’t in the room with Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne, then you stole it from somebody,” Kelly says. “We didn’t invent this.”

It’s Kelly’s way of denying that he’s some kind of innovator or revolutionary, labels that make him uncomfortable.

Also, there’s truth behind what he’s saying. In Week 1 against the Redskins, Jon Gruden suggested that the Eagles scored a touchdown to DeSean Jackson on a play Kelly stole from the New Orleans Saints (although it was really one that several NFL teams run).

And the guess here is that Kelly will be installing one specific play he saw from Andy Reid and the Chiefs Thursday night.

Alex Smith failed to get the ball downfield all game long, completing just one pass that traveled more than 10 yards from the line of scrimmage, per Pro Football Focus. But the Chiefs were able to use a wrinkle to convert a couple third-and-longs with yards after the catch.

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All-22: Why the Swinging Gate Two-Point Attempt Failed

swinginggate_numbersBecause we have some extra time this week, we’ll split up the All-22 pieces into a bunch of shorter posts.

First, let’s start with the failed two-point conversion in the first quarter.

Chip Kelly’s explanation on Friday: “If you get an opportunity to get an extra point, and in this game, every game’s close. If you get a chance to steal a point here or there, in the long run, it can really benefit you.”

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All-22: How the Eagles Are Freeing Up DeSean Jackson

It was a little over three months ago that DeSean Jackson needed some clarification from his new head coach.

The two-time Pro Bowler didn’t understand why Chip Kelly sometimes had him running with the threes during practice or why he had to learn the responsibilities of positions he had never played in the past.

Jackson and Kelly had a little sit-down, and the wide receiver seemed satisfied. He’s been a prized pupil ever since, and here we are two weeks into the season with Jackson leading the NFL with 297 receiving yards.

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All-22: Davis Brings the Blitz Back To Eagles’ D

ryans2_091313Not all blitzes are created equal. That much was evident when reviewing how Billy Davis made calls in his debut as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator last week.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Birds sent five rushers or more at Robert Griffin 22 times. On those plays, he went 9-for-20 for 78 yards, an interception and was sacked twice. Keep in mind, as a rookie, Griffin completed 69 percent of his attempts against the blitz, throwing nine touchdowns and no interceptions, per Stats, Inc.

Last year, according to Football Outsiders, the Eagles rushed four 77.8 percent of the time, tops in the league. But that number is going to take a dip in 2013.

“The scheme is built to where any member of the defense can be blitzing at any given time,” Davis said. “We have blitzes for every position – corners, safeties, nickels, dimes, mike backers. Anybody can be a blitzer. Either through an active call or a check.”

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All-22: Eagles Use Same Play Five Times In First Quarter

ertz1Zach Ertz lined up to the left of Jason Peters at the Eagles’ 46 yard line.

When the ball was snapped, he took off down the seam before turning his head around, finding the ball, making the catch and somersaulting to the ground for an 11-yard gain.

Ertz got up, found the official, tossed him the ball, looked towards the sideline for the next play and set up at the exact same spot in-line next to Peters.

Not a lot to think about for the rookie after his first career catch. The Eagles were about to run the same play twice in a row.

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All-22: Breaking Down the Eagles’ Touchdowns

vicktd2_0913Here’s a look, using the coaches tape, at all four Eagles touchdowns from last week’s game against the Redskins.

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No-22: Eagles Break Out ‘Emory & Henry’ Formation

emory1With 3:18 left in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the Redskins, the Eagles set up at the Washington 14 yard line with a 1st-and-10.

LeSean McCoy had just picked up 12 yards on 3rd-and-2, and the offense was three plays in to their up-tempo, no-huddle drive. As the players retreated to the line of scrimmage, two members of the offensive line set up in unusual places.