a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin. a transgression of the law; misdemeanor. the act of offending or displeasing.
- the act of attacking; attack or assault
OUR run game is built largely on deception. We rely heavily on sweeps, and stretches, and cutbacks runs. What we don’t specialize in is attacking what is directly in front of us. We don’t employ our Offensive Line offensively enough. We’re relying on people chasing us to tire themselves out, instead of beating on them and THEN making them chase us to tire themselves out. Our O-line excels at moving the point of attack and playing in space, but doesn’t really do to well at re-establishing the line of scrimmage. This is by the way, not just true of our back-ups, but also our starters. We don’t have any maulers on our interior line.
Adding to that is our constant rapid-fire approach. The result is that RB LeSean McCoy looks so tired out there that people are asking if he’s injured. One long-time EAGLES fan and frequent poster on this website, joked that McCoy must have stopped using his steroids. Keep in mind: While our opponents have to deal with our rapid pace only once or twice a year, our players have to do it EVERY WEEK. And it’s plainly and obviously taking a toll.
Lastly, and here’s the most important one folks: In this Spread, QB Nick Foles is not an Option. Last year the system was still new and Michael Vick showed teams just how dangerous a running QB could be under Chip Kelly’s system.
Even after Vick went down, because of what the EAGLES had shown, opponents were fearful of Foles now coming out the back door. At least at first. Consider that in 10 starts and on 57 carries last year, Foles only produced 6 double-digit runs (12, 14, 16, 20, 21, and 10 yards), each in a separate game. Worse yet those 6 runs represented 93 of his 221 total rushing yards, (leaving a remaining 51 carries for 128 yards and 2.5 per carry).
Seeing Foles was no threat as a runner, teams stopped guarding the back door, to pay more attention to McCoy coming out the front door. Since then it seems that teams have made the decision to “Just let Foles run” and so far he hasn’t made anyone pay. (His longest run of the year so far was 14 yards, on a day where he finished with only 13.) The upshot here is the extra attention paid to McCoy has effectively shut down this team’s run game. We can’t rely on deception at this point, because Foles as a runner is a poor hand to bluff with.
It’s a three-headed monster, but it’s essentially ONE problem: We rely on smoke and mirrors too much. Running the ball isn’t easy, but it is simple.
Tomorrow I’ll get into how we could fix this, and get it done as soon as Sunday.