THE 12: #12 GROW SOME ALGE

Posted March 17, 2013

 

OVER the last two years our QB’s have been sacked 80 times in 32 games. In the New Orleans game last year, we surrendered 7 sacks. Seven. That says that we had some stiff competition that day, but you know who really made life hard for this team? The Philadelphia Eagles.

Whether it was not getting any quality back-ups on the Offensive Line, Howard Mudd’s scheme being ill-suited to his players, or Michael Vick and Nick Foles calling poor protections, nobody seemed to be able to devise a way to protect the QB.

Not only couldn’t they stop defenders from shredding and collapsing the pocket up the gut, they never seemed to be able to account for rushers from the outside either. Every week it was a perfect storm of inside/out pressure. What’s worse, everything the Eagles did only seemed to embolden our opponents.

We ran long, time consuming routes without a dump-off guy. We turned Brent Celek, a TE not exactly renowned for inline blocking, into a quasi-Offensive Lineman. Vick was put into 7-step drops. The pass to run play selection was 618 to 413. In short, we did everything wrong.

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THE MEAT:

Going back to Vick being sacked 7 times vs. New Orleans, it would seem that 7 sacks might indicate someone holding onto the ball too long, instead of throwing it away or taking off. Faster decision making might help. Unless of course everyone is telling the QB to stop running. To limit himself to potential harm.

There also exists the choice to throw the ball away. Just punt and live to fight another day. Unless of course, your defense gives up yards and points like Halloween candy. Seems like there needs to be another option on the table, that way there could be an outcome that would benefit us for a change.

 

THE MOVE:

Michael Vick’s most productive years (in wins) were with the Falcons. It was also his most productive period in terms of games played. Both had a lot to do with a strong run game and a TE that he could dump the ball to, when he had to improvise. If you have a dump-off guy then it gives you that beneficial quick decision. It’s not just throw it away or run anymore. Now it can be a productive quick decision.

Also a TE running a route forces a defender to cover him and doesn’t allow him to blitz. In the event that the defender does blitz, there is immediate retribution for the attempt. Soon teams would stop blitzing in favor of sticking to the TE in coverage. This also works to your advantage in the run game. On every play defenders try to bump a TE off of his route. As they make contact, it’s an easy block for a TE to make when it turns out to be a run play.

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5 Comments:
  • Most productive years in wins???. The MEAT of that farce is Mike's record in Atlanta for six seasons of football is 38-28. That's roughly 6 wins a season to go along with a woeful 53 completion percentage, and slew of fired coaches in his wake. Coincidentally in Mike's three seasons as the Eagles starting quarterback he is 18 and 16. That averages out to 6 WINS A SEASON! If that is the kind of production and success your 12 is looking for then you hit it right on the money! On a side not at least in Philly Vick's completion percentage has improved to over 60 percent as a whole. Even if it did take a steady decline over the past two seasons. It's a shame you are so obsessed in making possibly the most overrated quarterback in football your starting quarterback for you 12 step plan to keep the Eagles mediocre.
  • You need to realize that a dump-off man helps WHOEVER plays QB.

    Instead of coming on here to express your personal hatred for Vick, why don't you actually discuss something that could lift your team up. That's ASSuming you still consider the Eagles your team, since like Hollywood all you seem to do these days is bash the FO, HC, QB, Fans, players mom's...

    Lot of haterism coming from a dude supposed to be about supporting.
  • I see how you could comprehend ( someone with your condition) me as hating when I give you a fact. I'll try to keep this simple. The Eagles had more success utilizing their TE than the Falcons did. Emulating anything that would garner 6 wins a season would be nothing more than an exercise in futility. Furthermore we have no true idea of what type of offense Chip Kelly wishes to run, as such trying to say what would be best also makes little sense. With that being the case I'm sure Chip Kelly will come up with ways to protect his quarterback (whomever he may be) more than the previous regime did. That includes getting the ball to McCoy who in 2010 caught 78 passes. Coincidentally that was the was the last season the Eagles made the playoffs.
  • WE have no idea what kind of Offense Chip Kelly wishes to run? WE?

    And to think, you say I have comprehension problem! Dennis Dixon (Spread QB under Kelly in college), Ed Wang (Played some Spread in Buffalo), James Casey (Spread TE in College).

    If we were talking about having added Joe Flacco, Jake Long, and Jared Cook, a history in the Spread could be seen as coincidental; but the fact that none of these guys were starters or in high demand, can't make it any plainer:

    Chip Kelly will be running a Spread based Offense, tweaked so that it has a chance to survive the NFL! Barring a preseason injury or something else bizarre happening, Michael Vick will open the season as the starter. Todd Herremanns will not be moved to G.

    If you are a beer soaked moron these may be questions, but if you know ANYTHING about the sport besides the answers to trivia questions, then this is as plain as the nose on your plain little face.
  • This is why we need a on olineman in the first not milliner. Lane Johnson has the athletic ability as does fisher. Warmack is a monster n gonna be hard to pass up but he may not work in kellys system. He did look more athletic at the combine than I thought he was but when watching him play he's not suited for the up tempo game Kelly likes. I think we r looking at fisher Johnson or someone to play DE in the 3-4 since we missed on Ricky Jean Francis or whatever it is. The Estonian guy would be a nice pick up but not at 4 if we do trade back n pick up additional picks (can use them on long) I wouldn't mind him.
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