Game Review – PS #3 – MIA at PHI – Offense

Posted: August 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 73 Comments »

This was the best showing of the preseason by the Eagles offense. They put up 426 yards and 31 points. The Eagles were 10-17 on 3rd downs, and that area was such a trouble spot vs Buffalo. The Eagles won TOP by keeping the ball for 39:15.

The biggest difference was the blocking. It wasn’t perfect, but having a healthy starters and backups led to improved play. There were actual holes for the RBs. That meant that not every 3rd down was a long yardage situation. Amazing how much easier it is to convert reasonable 3rd downs. The offense also was in better rhythm, both starters and backups.

QB

Carson Wentz – Pretty good game. 6-10-129 with 2 TDs. Hit Smith for a 50-yd TD. Showed excellent poise on that play as he got some pressure, but moved up in the pocket and got the throw off. I also like the fact he wanted to go deep. Air Yards jokes aside, the offense must be more vertical this year. Eluded pressure and found Ertz to make something out of nothing. Was picked off by a DT. DE got free to inside and batted a pass into the air. That was mostly a blocking issue, but Wentz has to be careful about trying to make plays when he’s got pressure in his face. On a later snap again had pressure around him and almost turned the ball over. There are times to take the sack or just heave the ball 20 yards out of bounds. Young QBs can be greedy.

Hard to really judge where he’s at as a QB. Eagles ran pretty simple offense. Most plays seemed like Wentz went for the primary option. Naked bootleg has had mixed success this summer. Rushers aren’t buying the run fake and Wentz is under quick pressure on most of them. He doesn’t seem to locate receivers quickly. That can be difficult when your back is to them and you turn around and have a DE coming at you. Wentz looked far more comfortable when running play-action and keeping his eyes down the field.

Matt McGloin – Actually played pretty well. 22-26-155. As you can tell by the numbers, lots of smallball. That’s okay when you’re playing with backups. Was more accurate than in other games, but won’t be mistaken for Troy Aikman anytime soon. Had one completion to Burton that looked like it might have been an off-target throw to Hollins. Low moment came early for him. Stared down receiver and threw short pass. OLB watched his eyes the whole time and leapt up and grabbed the ball for the INT. And that was inside the Eagles 10-yd line, a place you normally want to be very careful.

Dane Evans – Didn’t play until late in the game. Didn’t throw any passes.

RB

LeGarrette Blount – 4 for 19 with a long run of 16. Took advantage of better blocking.

Wendell Smallwood – Played in the 1st Qtr and instantly looked like the best RB of the summer. Speed. Quickness. Footwork. Strength. Balance. Burst. Was able to make something happen even when he didn’t have ideal blocking. 4-28 on the ground, with a long run of 10 yards. Pass blocking needs work. LB blitzed up the A-gap. Smallwood tried to block him, but got overrun and that led to sack.

Corey Clement – Good game. 9-42. Had success running inside and outside. Long run went for 11 yds. Scored a TD. Lowered his shoulder and got into the end zone. Solid as pass blocker. Caught 2 passes.

Donnel Pumphrey – Best game so far. 12-37 as a runner. 5-37 as a receiver. Showed good vision as a runner. Better strength/power than you’d expect for his size. Doesn’t always go down on first contact. Biggest issue for me is the lack of burst. There were a couple of plays when there was a hole and he didn’t get through it as quickly as you’d expect a smaller back. Does show ok speed when running in space. Nothing special. Caught the ball well and was very effective at moving the chains as a receiver. Knows how to get open vs LB and has good hands. Good effort as pass blocker. He will take on rushers aggressively. Even though this was his best showing, hasn’t done enough to feel comfortable that he’s got a spot locked up.

Byron Marshall – Good game. Didn’t play til late, but was 9-28. Made some nice runs to move the chains and let the Eagles run out the clock. Good vision. Good feet. Not a powerful guy, but runs hard.

WR

Alshon Jeffery – Great to see him get into the end zone as an Eagle. 2-35, with both catches coming over the middle. Can really make a living in there. TD came on simple play where DBs bought fake of screen to Agholor and left Jeffery a huge void to run into. Easy TD.

Nelson Agholor – Quiet game. No passes thrown his way. Effective decoy on a couple of plays. 

Torrey Smith – Great to see him get into the end zone as an Eagle. Hauled in a 50-yd bomb on the opening drive. Ran go route and there was confusions by DBs, leaving him open. Had to slow just a bit to get the ball. Tracks the ball well on vertical plays and knows how to adjust on the move. 

Marcus Johnson – Only had 2 catches for 3 yards. But one of them was a good TD. McGloin rolled right and Johnson got open late and made good hands catch right by the sideline. Good effort to try and get open on that play. Nothing worse than seeing a WR give up in the end zone. Pretty good night as a blocker. Drew a PI call in the end zone on another pass play.

Mack Hollins – Good game. 5-44. I was impressed by how elusive he was for such a big guy. Didn’t make spectacular moves, but had 2 plays where he caught the ball and got by the first tackler. Shows really good RAC potential. Just a smooth pass-catcher. Very natural. Had one play where he didn’t think he was open and McGloin threw him the ball. Hollins almost caught it, but was too casual with the route. Has to learn that even though DB was near him, he was open by NFL standards. Run blocking was up and down. 

Bryce Treggs – Good showing. Played in the slot. 1-9 as receiver. Had another catch wiped out by penalty. Showed good RAC skills on that play. Solid job as run blocker.

Greg Ward – Slot receiver. 1-5. Caught the ball in traffic. Hardly a polished gem, but you’d never guess this kid was a QB 9 months ago.

Shelton Gibson – Quiet game. 1-4. Called for holding on run play. Good effort as blocker, but has to get better with technique.

TE

Brent Celek – Best blocking of the summer. No catches.

Zach Ertz – Brace yourself. Had good blocks on multiple plays. Also broke a tackle and got RAC yards after short catch. What’s next…Jimmy Bama wins the Pulitzer? A scandalous Les Bowen-Kim Kardashian sex tape? Back to the game. Really good as receiver. 3-44. Lined up out wide to the right. Got open vs CB Byron Maxwell (shocking, I know) and caught pass over the middle. Had some poor blocks, but showed hope. Blocked rusher on pass play and kept the guy at bay. Blocked backside LB on run and held his own. Still not good on runs to his side, but we at least got some progress.

Trey Burton – Solid game as a blocker. Technique wasn’t ideal, but results were good. 4-43 as receiver. Highlight came when he caught short pass in the Red Zone and raced across the field and almost got in for the TD. Showed good speed. Was wide open on later drive for possible big play and just dropped the ball. Ugh. Was in the middle of the field and had room to run. If he ever wants to be more than a tease, Burton has to make plays like that. Can’t drop the gimmes.

Billy Brown – DNP.

Adam Zaruba – Up and down. Had a couple of blocks where he showed some promise. There were other plays when he was the nail and not the hammer. Got obliterated on some runs. Shows that blocking is more than size and strength. There is skill involved.

OL

1st – Peters– Seumalo – Kelce – Brooks – Johnson
2nd – Gordon – Warmack – Wiz – Thomas – Vaitai
Things got shuffled a lot after that.

There was one blitz where Kelce-Seumalo-Peters got overwhelmed. Dolphins ran blitz and stunt at them. Without scouting that look, guys weren’t sure who to block and that confusion was obvious. Helped lead to sack of Wentz.

Lane Johnson – Another disappointing game. Instead of giving me a Bud Light after the Super Bowl, I’d prefer a game where Johnson didn’t make serious mistakes. Let DE get to the inside of him and that guy tipped pass that DT picked off. Poor block by Johnson. That was designed to be a quick pass. Can’t give up the inside there. Cameron Wake got pressure on some plays. That guy is a stud DE so give him some credit, but Johnson is a stud OT and didn’t play to his ability.

Jason Peters – Sloppy as well. Had a couple of plays where defenders got the best of him. JP did have some outstanding plays as well. Real good job on run play to his side where Smallwood had a good gain.

Isaac Seumalo – LG. There are times when he is really impressive. Athletic OL with good movement skills. I love his awareness. Teams have run stunts his way a few times this summer. Passes his rusher off to Peters and then keeps his eyes peeled for rusher who will be attacking his gap. Had some good run blocks in the game.

Chance Warmack – Backup LG. Up and down showing. Love his strength and power. Can move DL off the ball. Had the key block on Clement’s TD run. I hate his hands. Warmack is a grabber. Got beat multiple times in the game and just grabbed the DL. He’s going to be a tough decision for the front office.

Dillon Gordon – Backup LT. Up and down game. Had some good moments, but got beat more than you’d like. Still new to OL and he does have potential. Played LT and TE in the game.

Stefen Wisniewski – Backup C. Was part of some real good double-teams. Very effective when he gets under the pads of a DT. Can really help drive that guy off the ball. Limited athlete.

Dallas Thomas – #2 RG. Played with the 2’s and 3’s. No real highlights, but had a solid showing. Has really good feet. Love his movement skills. Struggled with power on a couple of plays.

H. Vaitai – Backup RT. Also saw snaps at LT. Good game. That will shock some because he had 3 penalties in a short stretch. Frank Reich already said Big V’s false start wasn’t his fault. Mass confusion on that play. Called for being upfield on pass. Timing of that was thrown off by blitzer so McGloin had to hold the ball. V couldn’t see that and took off. Called for hold on play where McGloin scrambled outside of V. He felt rusher start to go and just grabbed the guy. Tough circumstances on all 3 plays. Put them aside and focus on performance. Big V had some outstanding run blocks. Really got movement on a few plays. Knocked the crap out of a couple of guys. Reich talked about how far he’s come as a run blocker and that’s absolutely true. Vaitai has good feet and looks natural in pass pro. Good young player.

Darrell Greene -#2/3 G. Best game so far. Still good, physical run blocker. Moved around better and also was better in pass pro. Thursday night will be important for him. Needs to show the team he’s worth keeping around on the practice squad. Played with 2’s and 3’s.

Taylor Hart -#3 RT.  Had a couple of good run blocks.

Aaron Neary – #3 C. Played late. Had one play I liked. Engaged DT and moved laterally, while maintaining contact. That’s tough.

*****

Lovato – Carefully studied some of his snaps (they don’t show them all). Tight spirals. Good accuracy. Ball was right there for punter to catch smoothly. Good velocity. Timed faster than Dorenbos on the ones I was able to see. I guess that’s a good game for a long snapper.

 

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73 Comments on “Game Review – PS #3 – MIA at PHI – Offense”

  1. 1 BrianM said at 8:36 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    My money’s on Les Bowen – Kim Kardashian sex tape. Les is a player!

  2. 2 Gary Barnes said at 9:59 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Domo will get there first

  3. 3 Tumtum said at 9:15 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    I still don’t get why they would move Heart or why he would agree to it. He has NFL DT talent. This probably sets him way back, doesn’t it? He isn’t even close to making it.

    So after the top 5 OL who are locks? Big V, Wiz, and? Not sure I am seeing who Warmack possibly gets cut for. This line isn’t 10 deep on guys you want in a regular season game. Sure top 7 are good. After that is scary.

  4. 4 Dave said at 9:25 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Chip and the 49ers cut him last year for a reason, he’s just not that good of a DL. At this point, Hart is doing anything he can to try and stay in the NFL.

  5. 5 Tumtum said at 9:29 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Not looking good.

  6. 6 Gary Barnes said at 10:05 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    I think that backup OL are the 5 players who will make up the depth. V is the swing OT, Wiz the main backup C/OG, Gordon is the OT project and Warmack the wily vet OG. Thomas & Greene I guess are battling for that last spot if the Eagles carry 10 OL.

  7. 7 D3FB said at 6:30 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Hart the DL is a 5th or 6th option as a 4tech. He can’t pass rush. He’s too old to hope for improvement. He’s the kind of guy that you have a run of injuries to your position group and you grab him because hey at least he won’t kill us in the run game. Not a ton of teams even use 4 techs. As a DT he really lacks anything intriguing. He would be ahead of maybe Winston Craig for us right now. And you could make the argument for Craig on youth and some skillset traits. If he didn’t switch he would have been a camp body either here or elsewhere and be hoping to get an emergency call in week 8 when he’s on the street.

    Hart the OT has surprisingly managed to not make an ass out of himself. The physical profile is there. He won’t make our squad because Vaitai and Gordon are both T’s but he may get some calls from other teams to at least kick the tires.

  8. 8 Tumtum said at 8:45 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I’ll have to take your word on it. I always thought his strength was in rushing the passer, but never had the opportunity. I accept that I am usually wrong when it comes to stuff like this.

    Will be interesting to see if he stays in the league.

  9. 9 Ryan Rambo said at 9:21 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Browns released CB Joe Haden.
    The Browns had been shopping Haden seemingly ever since the new regime took over, but they weren’t able to find any takers. Now 28, the former No. 7 overall pick has been a shell of his early-career self the past couple years as he’s battled a number of injuries. Haden was Pro Football Focus’ No. 98 cover corner out of 119 qualifiers last year. He was scheduled an $11.1 million salary. The Browns are moving forward with Jason McCourty and Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Haden should easily find another job, but he’s no longer elite

  10. 10 Dave said at 9:27 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Which promising rookie/young talent gets stashed on IR before cut downs?

    My vote is for Greg Ward and/or Billy Brown.

  11. 11 A_T_G said at 11:11 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Pumphrey would be the least shocking shocker.

  12. 12 SteveH said at 2:24 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    What’s Jeff Gillooly up to these days?

  13. 13 Dude said at 6:55 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    God bless you.

  14. 14 Bert's Bells said at 9:39 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    The best thing about the Dorenbos trade: we get some long snapper #analysis!

  15. 15 Ark87 said at 10:42 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    I forgot how important velocity is on those snaps. Obviously you can’t have any 1 hops or air balls, but particularly on punt snaps, those things have to get there in a hurry. Wonder if the injury and age slowed down Dorenbos at all.

  16. 16 Stephen E. said at 12:18 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Yes. Remember when they were auditioning replacements in 2015 after a few bad snaps in one game?

  17. 17 knighn said at 10:44 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Here’s the big question after 3 pre-season games: will the O-line be OK? We all expected that to be a strength. We finally saw the projected starting O-line all together last Thursday. They continued to struggle to block consistently. Will they be OK? Will they be good?

  18. 18 Gary Barnes said at 11:02 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    OL play is all about continuity, camaraderie and communication. During the preseason games, they are not given many snaps to play together, are not used to playing with each other yet and have not game planned at all for the opponents.

    If I was the HC, I would have them playing together as much as possible, but some have missed time due to injuries/personal time etc. It is the nature of the beast that the OL will grow together as the season goes along IF they all stay healthy.

  19. 19 A_T_G said at 11:10 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    RC5000 and D3FB both know a lot more than I do about football. Neither of them was as concerned by the performances as I was. I am choosing to believe that they are right and I overreacted.

    If I was right, there will be plenty of time to curse the OL. No need to be the first.

  20. 20 Ark87 said at 12:11 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    nothing we can do about it if it’s a concern. Well technically I can crow loudly about trading Barbre, the back up everything, if our back-ups suck.

  21. 21 or____ said at 12:22 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Jah mon

  22. 22 BlindChow said at 1:48 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Definitely. No woman, no cry.

  23. 23 Tumtum said at 11:25 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    As long as those 5 guys stay healthy I am not concerned.

  24. 24 RC5000 said at 1:31 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    We aren’t Dallas yet. The entire offense is a work in progress but I think they will be good after a few games if they stay healthy and I expect the running game to get better later in the season as this is when Blount does the most damage. Though I have some concern about Blount.

    Remember they’ve played barely 3 quarters and 1 quarter as a unit…We haven’t seen a full blown offense with our new WRs for any length of time. They haven’t game planned vs. blitzes and Carson is still a young Q so he also has to continue to learn how to recognize blitzes. Sometimes you gotta throw the ball away if you don’t have a hot read or beat it and obviously he can audible too but they didn’t seem to be doing that much in preseason.

    Peters is very good (he’s not the player he once was obviously but he’s still a top Lt), Lane should get back to himself and Brooks is solid. I believe in Seumalo. Wiz isn’t special but he’s an acceptable backup. Warmack is okay and Vaitai and Gordon look promising.

    The red zone is a concern just because it’s been so long since we’ve been good in it but we have some better personnel with Jeffery and hopefully Blount.

  25. 25 Guy Media said at 6:52 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I’m not overly worried, but I’m still disgusted by the super soft center getting owned by anybody over 275lbs.

  26. 26 Dragon_Eagle said at 9:04 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I’m terrified. They suck. All of them. Wentz needs to play upright this season and progress. Getting sacked 70 times with no running game will not help his development.

  27. 27 Gary Barnes said at 10:53 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Eagles release Ron Brooks

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/08/30/eagles-release-ron-brooks/

  28. 28 A_T_G said at 11:06 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    Wow. I thought he would be one of the last cuts, not one of the first.

    Helping a vet get a head start on the job hunt?

  29. 29 Gary Barnes said at 11:18 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    I thought as soon as Robinson took over the slot duties that Brooks’ time was up. I guess they feel ok using Darby and Mills as the outside guys and Robinson in the slot. The crazier angle for me is they did not even think Brooks was worth keeping as depth which I guess means Grymes, Douglas, Smith et al. are all ahead of him and have legit shots to stick here.

  30. 30 Nick C said at 12:36 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    And… freaking T-rex… Ugh

  31. 31 A_T_G said at 12:45 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Ahead of him at CB or ahead/more willing on Special Teams.

  32. 32 Gary Barnes said at 3:24 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Good point about ST

  33. 33 or____ said at 11:27 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    seems injured to me.

  34. 34 Tumtum said at 11:24 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    So Mills is backup nickle with Douglas playing outside? Seems scary.

  35. 35 or____ said at 11:26 AM on August 30th, 2017:

    McDougle, Grymes are still possibilities. And there’s always Jenkins (we have Graham now too)… or Graham (Jenkins staying at S).

  36. 36 RC5000 said at 12:59 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Watkins possibly also…granted he hasn’t impressed us during the regular season but Brooks is often injured.

  37. 37 Guy Media said at 6:39 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    You have a filthy mouth, wash it out with soap! Get Watkins out of here.

  38. 38 Sb2bowl said at 2:02 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Robinson starts; McDougle has a change. Jenkins can play in the slot, along with Graham. Depends on matchups.

  39. 39 Guy Media said at 6:38 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    You can’t make the team from the trainer’s room.

  40. 40 RC5000 said at 1:59 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Kempski said in his chat today that Schwartz noted this week that Nigel Bradham was working at 1st team MIKE with Hicks out, and Kendricks filling in at Bradham’s spot.

  41. 41 GermanEagle said at 2:06 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Someone really has to blow them Eagles away with a good offer for Kendricks. At least me hopes.

  42. 42 Tom33 said at 2:47 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I worry about losing Kendricks since Bradham will (probably?) get suspended for the cabana boy incident in Miami last year. The way the league announces these suspensions seems to be very arbitrary. I think I read when he accepted the plea deal he was subject to a 6 game suspension, but that could be adjusted up or down depending on the mood of the NFL office I guess.

    I haven’t heard anything about this recently, so I figure the Eagles will trade Kendricks and then Bradham’s suspension will be announced the next day.

  43. 43 Gary Barnes said at 3:27 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    My concern as well

  44. 44 Guy Media said at 6:38 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    At this point I don’t see Bradham sitting down for the Cabana boy and gun incidents until 2018 season, if at all. It would be really late to suspend him now.

  45. 45 Gary Barnes said at 3:26 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I guess Goode and/or Walker are not stepping up as much as they want

  46. 46 RogerPodacter said at 3:42 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    i thought i read that one or both of them have been dealing with injuries, thus the reason we signed some LBs off the streets for the 4th PS game

  47. 47 RC5000 said at 5:47 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I’m not sure Schwartz has ever liked Goode in the middle.

  48. 48 Guy Media said at 6:37 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Kendricks trying to figure out the coverage and run contain responsibilities at SAM is also a splash play waiting to happen.

  49. 49 johhnyblaze said at 4:27 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Haden signed with Pittsburgh 3 yrs $27 mi

  50. 50 A_T_G said at 5:03 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    My thought reading this was I hope it isn’t us.
    https://twitter.com/camdasilva/status/902991326752407553

  51. 51 Julescat said at 5:04 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    how much guaranteed?

  52. 52 A_T_G said at 5:12 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I didn’t see that yet, but it is $7 million in year 1. So at least that.

  53. 53 Guy Media said at 6:36 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Wow, that’s a total toilet flush of money.

  54. 54 unhinged said at 5:20 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Two currents that have been and will continue to tarnish the NFL brand: Racial injustice and medical truth.

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/just-like-last-season-49ers-safety-eric-reid-takes-a-knee-during-the-anthem/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/sports/espn-ed-cunningham-football-concussions.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fsports&action=click&contentCollection=sports&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

  55. 55 Guy Media said at 6:36 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    They really really really really need to get the helmets upgraded to fix the concussion issue.

  56. 56 CrackSammich said at 6:56 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    That’s not really how helmets work, though. They keep the players from cracking their skulls like an egg, but the concussion comes from the brain rattling around inside the skull. The harder you make the helmet, the more people use it like it’s invincible, and then more concussions.

    Besides that, linemen see similar CTE symptoms, and they’re not taking the kind of headshots you see DBs and skill players tkaing. It’s just the heavy hitting that you can’t get around.

  57. 57 Guy Media said at 7:02 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    “The harder you make the helmet, the more people use it like it’s invincible, and then more concussions.”

    I remember a few NFL players who played with a soft shell on the outside of their helmets, can’t adjusting the helmets in those ways be the upgrade? Maybe its the science fan in me, but I refuse to believe their isn’t an engineering solution to the problem.

  58. 58 CrackSammich said at 7:11 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    They’re certainly trying to engineer it. It isn’t working. The problem isn’t with the helmet, but with the players’ bodies.

    I imagine no matter what you do, if you make the helmet better in the way you describe, the players will just hit that much harder.

  59. 59 Guy Media said at 7:13 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    “It isn’t working.”

    Just not yet. I don’t see any reason to be defeatist about it.

  60. 60 A_T_G said at 9:47 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Take away their cleats and a lot of the head and knee injuries go away. Their ability to launch, cut, and plant is where all that acceleration starts.

  61. 61 unhinged said at 7:34 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    It was the zeal to protect the player that turned the helmet into a weapon. The only way to get players NOT to lead with their shell-protected noggins is to make it unreasonably uncomfortable to do so.

  62. 62 Guy Media said at 7:41 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I don’t disagree, but I’m sure there is an engineering answer to that as well.

  63. 63 FairOaks said at 8:03 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Before sometime in the 1990s, the shoulder pads on players were *way* bigger. Seems to me that may have made contact happen further away from the head, and maybe with more cushioning, so fewer helmet contacts were made overall. Of course steroids make players much stronger and faster than the human body has evolved to take on the other side of the collisions.

    At any rate, it’s something you have to keep trying to solve, one way or another. But very hard problem.

  64. 64 Guy Media said at 8:08 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Yeah, that’s an interesting point about the shoulder pads.

  65. 65 Ark87 said at 8:58 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    good point on the shoulder pads bit. This equipment will always fight a battle of performance vs protection. And I hate to say it, but vanity plays a huge part in all of this. Players generally want to look cool. You don’t want to be the doofy QB wearing the absurd flak jacket.

  66. 66 A Roy said at 8:19 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Everyone wears those fake sumo suits. (Wearing real sumo mawashi would be godawful.)

  67. 67 Ark87 said at 8:40 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Warning, long post ahead:

    Exactly, Helmets will almost certainly be getting humorously big at some point in the future. These injuries occur from rapid acceleration/deceleration in the form of impacts. Your skull stops dead, and your blissfully floating brain rams into the inside of your skull, hard. The severity, or frequency of impacts play a huge role in the accumulated damage.

    The answer will likely be more voluminous padding. Acting like the crumple zone of a car, padding allows an impact, a deceleration, to occur over greater distance and time, making it less severe.

    My idea would be to take a version the helmet you have today, you need some hard portion to prevent that nasty egg cracking bit, and have something to anchor face mask and padding to. The difference being a generous coating of exterior padding with a smooth soft shell plastic exterior (over-sized noggins and surfaces that may “stick” to surfaces can lead to neck injuries). Thus making your protective gear a very unsatisfying and ineffective weapon.

    Lastly, you can’t eliminated these impacts altogether, just lessen the severity. Frequency can accumulate damage in positions like the OL. Perhaps the biggest key for the long term viability of the NFL will be medical. Whether stem cell or some other route, we need effective treatment for CTE. From the psychology side of things, we know we can build new pathways in the brain due to neuro-plasticity, making us surprisingly resilient with therapy. But degenerative conditions break pathways down faster than we can build them. We need a medical breakthrough to truly beat CTE.

  68. 68 ChoTime said at 10:01 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    https://imgflip.com/i/1v0wiq

  69. 69 Sean Stott said at 5:49 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Jake Metz signed. They only have 6 DEs on the 90-man, and 4 of those are complete locks – Curry, Graham, Long, Barnett. The other two are Means and McAlister. I think move is so they can have two ‘starters’ at DE for the preseason 4 game that they don’t intend on keeping for the 53-man.

    Pretty solid indication that they will carry 5 DEs, probably the four locks + Means.

  70. 70 Guy Media said at 7:05 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    They’d better play the 37 guys they plan on cutting all game long and not risk any of the guys they plan on keeping. Hell, I’d say only play 27 and don’t play the initial 10 guys you want on the practice squad either.

  71. 71 Guy Media said at 8:16 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    https://twitter.com/Eagles/status/903048072091066368

    I guess this Means we’re going to be missing one our current DEs next year.

  72. 72 CrackSammich said at 8:31 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    Lol, they could have cut McCalister first. This shit is just cold from his perspective.

  73. 73 Guy Media said at 8:31 PM on August 30th, 2017:

    I see it as more of protection for the roster in 2018 when they have to cut Curry.