Another week, another win. It was sloppy and a little ugly at times, but that's what games are often like in December. I liked to see the Eagles win a tough one against some adversity at times. Does the 4th quarter struggles bother me? Certainly, but so far, despite some bad mistakes, questionable play calls and decisions, we are coming out of these games with wins. I know one of these is likely to bite us in the butt at some point but the flip side is that the Eagles defenses confidence continues to grow by them closing out these games. A big part of winning in the 4th quarter is about mentality. I think the Eagles are a mentally tough defense. Far cry from the last few years.
Anyway, onto some film review. I'll kick off this week with a little deja vu moment. Earlier in the season, the Eagles really struggled against man coverage. The book on Kelly's system was to load the box and plan man coverage on the Eagles. Haven't heard about that book the last several weeks. Here's one of concepts Chip has been repeatedly beating man coverage on.
One of the many things I love about Chip's offense is that he won't move away from things that work, but at the same time, he won't overuse the exact same concept. He will layer in different options or personnel but run constant concepts.
Let's start for example with the wheel route that Lesean beat Kerrigan on 2 weeks ago. The Eagles have successfully been using "mesh" concepts for several weeks now. The goal here is to confuse the man coverage by running a lot of overlapping routes. Check out Celek and Jackson on the wheel route to Lesean. They will both run shallow crossing routes. Ertz is going to run his man off, and Lesean will run the wheel route:
Lesean gets the favorable match-up of Kerrigan downfield and makes a big play:
Similar concept yesterday. Interestingly, instead of the 2 TE set above, we use Polk lined up as an H-back and he's just going to run to the mesh point where all the players get bundled together. It's in this mesh that you look to get a coverage edge or a natural pick:
The "wrinkle" on this play however is Desean Jackson in the backfield. Desean is actually going to run the wheel route this time to the outside. This is a brilliant personnel twist. Not only does Desean benefit from the mesh concept underneath, but even for a guy like Patrick Peterson, Desean streaking down the sideline is really tough to cover. You see as the play progresses Peterson has a poor angle to Desean:
He actually recovers fairly well, which speaks to his athleticism, but it's too late:
Going back a few more weeks, we used the "mesh" concept in the red zone for a TD to Celek. Here we had a 2 TE set with Casey and Celek lined up side-by-side.
Celek will initially block and then run a shallow cross. Cooper, coming in motion does the same.
Check out the crowd at the "mesh" as Celek's man gets picked off:
He comes free for the TD:
Yesterday, we ran the same concept down in the red zone, and once again Brent Celek was the benefactor. Celek and Cooper will run the shallow cross, and Avant is going to run off his man to add to the chaos.
Check out the chaos in the middle, and consequently how wide open the edges of the field are:
Easy TD for Celek:
For more information on "mesh" concepts, check out this link: