Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eagles have...one running play they like?

The run: a rarity in Eagles playbook.
Lost in the shock of Andy Reid's decision to run, Eagles run, on the road to victory over the Giants Sunday was a very interesting observation by NBC Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth.

Collinsworth noted the Eagles ran the same running play four straight times on the third quarter drive that stalled around the goal line. Later Reid said he probably should have handed the ball to rookie Bryce Brown in goal-to-goal, for he had the fresher legs as opposed to Shady McCoy, whose legwork got the Eagles there.

Why would the Eagles run the same running play so many times in a row? (It didn't work the last two plays.)

The playbook doesn't have many running plays. Apparently only one the Eagles really like. If the Eagles pass the ball 65 percent of the time figure at least 65 percent of their playbook is passes. At least. The number is probably more like 85 percent. We're on this. Stay tuned.

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Blogger ICDogg said...

Four running plays, that's all the Eagles run.

Inside Zone.
Counter (to the Inside Zone) a/k/a Wham.
Outside Zone a/k/a Stretch.
Slant a/k/a Speed Draw.

October 4, 2012 at 7:09 PM 
Blogger ICDogg said...

(and to elaborate on the four plays thing, two of them are almost the same. The inside zone and stretch plays are different only in where the running back makes his cut. So you could argue they only have three plays.)

October 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM 

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