The Eagles opened up with 13 (1RB, 3 TE) personnel:
and, for the first time I think ever, we responded with a Nickel defense. Normally we come out in a 3-4 if there is more than 1 tight end or a fullback is in the game. This matchup got us a sack as Kerrigan matched up one on one with the tight end closest to the center.
Otherwise it was mainly our Nickel vs their 11 and our 3-4 vs their 12 and 13. On 3rd and longs we gave a few exotic looks. A couple of times we went 3(DL)-3(LB)-5(DB):
and a couple of times we showed a 3-2-6, the 3 lineman in this play–which resulted in a sack–were Kerrigan, Murphy and Smith:
On 3rd and 5 we pulled Compton off the field and went into a Dime package (4-1-6) with Terence Garvin at linebacker:
We also had a few plays where we lifted the slot corner off the field in favor of a 3rd safety.
Depth Chart for our Nickel:
DE: Kerrigan and Smith with Murphy off the bench.
DT (Nose and 3Tech): Baker, Hood, with Francois and Ioannidis off the bench
ILB: Foster, Compton with Garvin on some 3rd downs
CB: Norman the whole way. Breeland shared time with Dunbar on the first drive. Dunbar had a hard time getting lined up with Whitner on one play and I don’t think we saw much of him after that.
Slot CB: Fuller, sometimes replaced by a 3rd safety.
Strong Safety: Nacho with Whitner off the bench
Free Safety: Blackmon with Whitner off the bench.
In the 3-4, where we replace the slot corner with a 5th defensive lineman, Francois got the start. I’m going off of memory so if I missed a guy let me know in the comments. Also you can like, comment in the comments.
Where the disembodied head of EA Sports’ Kirk Herbstreit revolves around me and repeatedly chants “He just simply used POWER”:
The Power play reared it’s ugly head again. In the preview I talked about how the Eagles like to fake like they are going to run Power and throw a bubble screen to the outside. This time they switched it up and actually ran the Power play, because it’s us, so obviously you have to try. Instead of passively reading blocks and getting run over, we attacked it with our play side linebacker (Foster in this case) and Safety. Both guys will aim for the pulling guard and stop this play for a short gain:
Philly ran Power 3 times for 11 yards. It’s become a non-factor which is something that seemed light years away from happening after the Giants’ game. Having a safety willing to fill against the run has been the most important addition to this defense for the season. On a Power play in the 4th quarter, Foster and Whitner did the same thing to the pulling guard, forcing Sproles to bounce outside into Smith and Breeland.
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So you know that play where Will Compton sacked the quarterback and then immediately followed up with an awkward DABZ? No? Well no worries because I’ll walk you through how we got to the thing that should’ve died 6 months ago. The sack that spawned Quavo Compton happened on the 2nd drive but it’s origins are connected to an earlier play:
The formation is a 3 x 1 set with a tight end lined up tight next to the offensive tackle. The WR from the trips (3 receiver) side will go in motion. The center and guard are going to flow left like the play is an outside zone running play. The RB will also sell it as an outside zone running play by running parallel to the line of scrimmage as he fakes getting the handoff: