One of the more shocking moves of the 2015 NFL offseason came when Eagles head coach Chip Kelly traded his starting quarterback Nick Foles, who was only one year removed from his 27 touchdown/2 interception season, along with a second round pick for the oft injured Rams quarterback, Sam Bradford. The St. Louis quarterback was formerly a number one overall draft pick, but has not played since halfway through the 2013 season due to two left ACL injuries. In the Rams’ offense, Bradford was never consistently surrounded by great talent, and the scheme changed on an almost yearly basis. Bradford had some decent games, but never really stood out in the limited offense. Kelly’s quarterback gamble was clear: Hope that the injury prone quarterback could rekindle the magic that made him the number one overall draft pick now that he is in the Eagles up-tempo attack, where there are better skill players and linemen than who Bradford ever played with in St. Louis. Continue reading “Welcome to Philly: The Eagles New Arial Attack with Sam Bradford”
The Philadelphia Eagles special teams unit may be the best in the NFL this year. They have been racking up touchdowns and dominating the league. Rookie receiver Josh Huff recorded his first score this past Sunday when he took a kickoff back 107 yards (an Eagles record). Huff was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the NFL for his big return. So let’s look at how the Eagles unit made it possible for Huff to earn this accolade. Continue reading “Huff Goes All the Way: Eagles Score on Special Teams Again”
The Philadelphia Eagles had a big night on Monday, defeating the Carolina Panthers 45-21. In his first start in Philadelphia, quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for 332 yards and 2 touchdowns. Almost a third of those yards came on one passing concept. Head coach Chip Kelly called for the Eagles to run Y Cross 6 times. The results were very good. Sanchez was 5/6 for 108 yards (18 yd average) and a touchdown. So let’s look at how Philadelphia was so successful with this concept.
In their 27-0 win over the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles had success by showing some new looks on offense. Head coach Chip Kelly always does a very good job at making small adjustments to his offense to attack each specific defensive scheme. This game was no different, as Kelly pulled out a brand new run play, brand new formation, and a rarely used pass play to attack the Giants. Continue reading “All-22: How did Kelly Gameplan for New York?”
Last week, James Casey blocked a punt and Chris Maragos returned it for a score. The week before, Darren Sproles ran a punt back for a touchdown and a Trey Burton blocked punt led to a Brad Smith touchdown. Three weeks ago, Chris Polk took a kickoff all the way for a score.
While the Philadelphia Eagles failed to score a touchdown on special teams versus the New York Giants, they still had a few big plays in the kicking game. Philadelphia’s special teams has become perhaps the brightest shining spot on a 5-1 team and ranks as one of the best in the league.The Eagles two biggest plays against the Giants both came from the punt return team; first when Darren Sproles returned a punt 43 yards, and second when Chris Maragos partially blocked a punt.
For the third game in a row the Philadelphia Eagles have scored a touchdown on special teams. For the second week in a row they scored on a blocked punt, this time against the St. Louis Rams. How are the Eagles having so much success blocking punts? Let’s look at the All-22 and find out. Continue reading “Eagles Score on Special Teams Again”
For the first time since 1992, the Philadelphia Eagles scored two special teams touchdowns in the same game. For the first time since 2000, the Eagles scored a special teams touchdown for the second consecutive game. Both these marks were set in the Eagles game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The scores came when rookie tight end Trey Burton blocked a punt and receiver Brad Smith fell on it for a touchdown, and when Darren Sproles returned a punt 82 yards for a score. Continue reading “Eagles Dominate on Special Teams Again”
Before the Eagles offense could even step on the field versus the Redskins, the special teams was able to get the ball in the end zone. Running back Chris Polk was back to receive a kickoff for the first time this season, and he took his first return 102 yards for a score. Continue reading “Anatomy of a Play: Polk’s Kick Return Score”
In 2013, Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles took the NFL by storm. Philadelphia’s offense set multiple records and had a great deal of success. Part of the Eagles success was due to the multitude of packaged plays that Kelly liked to run. So far in 2014, Kelly has introduced 3 brand new packaged concepts that should make this offense more dangerous. Continue reading “Kelly Adds More Packaged Plays”