Earlier in the week I wrote a column for PE.com calling for the Eagles to use the Ace Formation more.
This is it:
WR……………TE – LT – LG – OC – RG – RT – TE……………..WR
You obviously have a QB and RB behind it. This gives you 7 guys on the LOS and it also can confuse the defense because they don’t know what the strong side of the formation is.
I think this would be a smart way for the offense to go. Would help the OL. Could help cut down on some hits on Vick. We used this in 2003 to great success. I’d love Reid to go re-watch some of the games from that year and to see how effective the formation was.
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Ready to hear about the Eagles-Cowboys game?
Jimmy Bama and I did a preview show this morning. We labeled Sunday’s game the battle of 2 crappy football teams. The 3-5 Cowboys take on the 3-5 Eagles for the right to see who sucks less.
I shared some ideas for how the OL can dominate. One involved a hatchet.
I also think we could have the guys use stickum. Just bear-hug DeMarcus Ware while covered in stickum and see if that slows him down.
I’ll write up some game previews for those who prefer to read my genius rather than listen to Jimmy’s annoying voice. (don’t tell him I said that)
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DRC told the press that the Eagles reputation with other teams is they are talented and pretty, but don’t like to hit. There is definitely some truth to that. Both DRC and Nnamdi are inconsistent tacklers. On occasion, you see them wrap guys and really hit. Most of the time they grab. They like to do what is called “drag down tackling”. Pull the player down. Let gravity do half the work.
Good tacklers hit hard. They like contact. DRC and Nnamdi have both shown the ability to do this, but don’t do it with any consistency and it drives you nuts.
The overall defense is aggressive. Missed tackles do certainly occur, but not from a lack of physicality. Once again, the problem is execution. You must be in the right spot. You must take the right angle. You must get off blocks. Then you must explode through the target and not just to the target. This is where the Eagles have issues. Players are off in one of these areas and that allows runners/receivers to keep on trucking.
Todd Bowles is working hard to fix this. Sunday would be an ideal time to show some progress.
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I know a few of you want to discuss the Howie Roseman extension story. That deserves its own post. Might do that on Saturday.
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Reuben Frank wrote a column ripping the defense for their performance in the last 2 games (since Todd Bowles took over).
Reuben is completely wrong. Bowles was promoted to clean up the 4th quarter. The Eagles have given up only 1 FG in the last 2 4th quarters combined. If Andy Reid wanted good defense the rest of the game, he should have made that clear when he promoted Bowles.
Joking aside, the defense has struggled, but I think the fact the games were both against teams with Top 8 scoring offenses and have star QBs has to be factored in. It isn’t as if Bowles and his players were getting lit up by the Jaguars or Chiefs.
The next month or so will give us an idea if Bowles is a good DC or if the team did make a mistake by firing Juan Castillo. Todd isn’t off to a great start, but you have to give coaches and players some time to work out the kinks.
We totally controlled Dallas last year. If they eat up the defense and score 30 points, that’s going to look very bad for Bowles. And the players.
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One thing we’ve all been on Mike Vick this year (and in the past) is holding the ball too long. Jason over at BGN put together a good piece on that using some numbers from PFF. The playcalling isn’t ideal. The OL play hurts us. But Vick also has a big hand in this mess. He does hold the ball too long.
The most frustrating part of the story is that the other QBs struggling to get the ball out quickly are rookies or 2nd year guys. Not a good sign.