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Welcome to the 2012 regular season debut of Xs and Os with the Bros by Xs and Os editor @rodofdisaster. This feature represents a basic attempt to dive deeper into the game of football, learn something about the X’s and O’s that make it go, and better appreciate the games within the game. It’s called Xs and Os with the Bros because you don’t have to be a player, coach, or rocket surgeon to get something out of taking a closer look at a football play, so please enjoy the post and the discussion in the comments.
This week Rod focuses on the Browns’ pass coverage on two big Eagles plays that led to their first half touchdown.
Situation: 2nd Quarter, 0:30 left (clock stopped)
Down & Distance: 2nd and 10 on Eagles’ 36.
Here we see the Eagles in “11” personnel (1RB, 1TE, 3WR) which west coast playbooks also call “Posse.” The TE is to the right leaving the X (Jeremy Maclin) and slot (Jason Avant) receivers to the opposite side and the Z (DeSean Jackson) to his sid
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The Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday cut their 2011 2nd-round draft pick, safety Jaiquawn Jarrett.
They didn’t want to do it. Who wants to admit defeat on a 54th overall selection in the draft after just 17 games? The fact that he survived the final cuts to the 53-man roster tells you that. He had a disastrous showing in the first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers,...
Just before the start of the season, I spoke with Philadelphia Sports Week on 900 AM WURD about my predictions for the Eagles season, whether we could expect to see from Mike Vick and more more.
In case you’re interested in hearing the interview, which is about 20 minutes in length, you can do so via the link below (with a slight side of static, just because you’re special)....
Eagles wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson missed Thursday's practice with injuries. Head coach Andy Reid said Maclin (hip) and Jackson (hamstring) would not participate but could still play in Sunday's game against the Ravens. Maclin has a hip pointer, and remains extremely tender, Reid said. Jackson's hamstring injury is not considered serious but...
After a pretty rough 2011 season in which Vick went from a possible first overall fantasy pick to one that dealt with another injury and finished with nearly as many interceptions (14) as touchdown passes..While he set a career high with his 3303 passing yards and managed an impressive 589 rushing yard, he left owners disappointed with just one rushing touchdown..Better things were...
Philadelphia Eagles Week 2 Fantasy Football Review
So week 1 is officially over and if you were a fantasy owner that relied heavily on the Eagles, you probably were somewhat disappointed. Only Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles D/ST outperformed their projections against the Cleveland Browns. DeSean Jackson was relatively quiet and Michael Vick ruined a good statistical outing with...
You can talk about the bad decisions, or the lack of awareness when it comes to eluding injury, but despite his inadequacies, Michael Vick possesses a skill set that few others have been able to emulate in my lifetime, or maybe ever.I’m not his biggest fan, but not since the recent arrival of Cam Newton and more recently Robert Griffin III, has the NFL seen a quarterback who can...
PHILADELPHIA -- In 2010, the Eagles finished 10-6, won their division and pushed the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers to the limit in the NFL playoffs. In 2011, the Eagles finished 8-8 and didn't even make the playoffs. There was obviously a big difference in those two seasons and the main difference was the quarterback, even though he was the same guy. In 2010...
Next up for the Eagles will be the Baltimore Ravens, and if you watched them Monday night play the Bengals, you should realize the Eagles will need a better effort if they hope to win. Starting with Andy Reid, who one would have difficulty arguing that last week Reid called one of his worst games as Eagles coach.
When the Eagles coaches watch the tapes on the Ravens they will see...
The Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens (1-0) on Sunday for their 2012 home opener.The Eagles struggled mightily against the Browns last week, but scratched and clawed their way to a victory.The Ravens on the other hand, destroyed the Bengals offensively and defensively.When I previously broke down the Eagles' schedule, I said this would be their toughest...
The Ravens travel to Philly on Sunday, September 16, 2012, to face the Eagles... and one of their main concerns is to shore up their run defense after being gashed by Benjarvus Green-Ellis in their win over Cincy on Monday night...This is easier said than done. No amount of improved gap-protection scheme or refined technique can take way from what LeSean McCoy can bring to a running...
A late game-winning drive salvaged an otherwise dreadful Week 1 for Michael Vick.
Joe Flacco was brilliant for virtually all 60 minutes.
Vick could be facing an unfriendly home crowd if his performance is much like the season opener, and Philadelphia Eagles fans would only be more temperamental if Flacco and the new-look Baltimore Ravens offense have another big game Sunday.
Before we get to this week’s duds, we’ve got to do the best part of these blogs: tally the score from last week. My Duds from Week 1 - At QB I had Michael Vick, citing the dangerous Cleveland secondary and their ability to pick off passes. Despite throwing 4 INT’s, Vick still managed 2 touchdowns [...]
On any given week, the NFL can leave us with some devastating injuries on the field. Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season was no exception.
First, to the biggest injury of the weekend. The Atlanta Falcons have lost cornerback Brent Grimes for the entire season with an Achilles injury. Grimes was designated as the Franchise Tag player for the Falcons this season, but he will now be forced...