Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Consider the source on website stats

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur doesn't get those websites providing stats about targets, release times of quarterbacks and whatnot.

Shurmur doesn't understand how they can act credibly when they don't know what play was called or whose job was whose.

"I find it fascinating that people can just put a watch on something or see where the ball is being thrown and call that guy being targeted," Shurmur said. "So when the guy in the third row of the stands gets the ball (that's) thrown way, is he the target?  The guy with the Dolphins jersey, does he get a target?"

Only the websites know for sure. Accurate or not they attract attention.

More often than not the people that complain about the information are having a tough time. When their teams are doing well, they don't even notice. Well, the Eagles are 1-3.

"Certain websites, they grade the film different than what coaches do," rookie offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. "Sometimes people aren't open. Sometimes Mike (Vick) has to make plays with his legs outside the pocket."

Do the Eagles talk about it?

"Yeah," Johnson said. "I think Evan (Mathis) is really big on it. He may actually write it, I'm not sure. Some people don't really pay attention to it. It's kind of subjective."

Johnson, you should know, was told he's on the right track after his effort against the Broncos.

"I graded out decent this game," Johnson said. "I got beat for the sack. A few pressures. Other than that I played pretty decent. Played better than I did at Kansas City. So I'm just moving on."

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